The Matrix

The Matrix was opened by Marty Balin in 1965 as a place where his new as yet unnamed band could play. On opening night, the band finally chose their name, Jefferson Airplane.¬†From that moment on, The Matrix was the place for the famous bands of the 1960’s in San Francisco, bridging folk and psychedelic rock.

On January 17-22, 1967, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin played here. Other bands that played The Matrix are: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sopwith Camel, Country Joe and the Fish, Steve Miller Blues Band, Steppenwolf which was then called Sparrow, The Doors, The Chamber Brothers, The Electric Flag, Santana, It’s A Beautiful Day, and The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

The original Matrix closed in 1972 but was brought back to life in 2001.

Jefferson Airplane Discography

1966 – Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
1967 – Surrealistic Pillow
1967 – After Bathing at Baxter’s
1968 – Crown of Creation
1969 – Volunteers
1969 – Bless Its Pointed Little Head
1970 – The Worst of Jefferson Airplane
1971 – Bark
1972 – Long John Silver
1973 – Thirty Seconds Over Winterland
1974 – Early Flight
1977 – Flight Log
1987 – 2400 Fulton Street
1989 – Jefferson Airplane
1992 – Jefferson Airplane Loves You
1996 – Journey…best of
1998 – Live at the Fillmore East

The Matrix
3138 Fillmore Street
San Francisco CA 94123