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, and 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, 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.
3138 Fillmore Street
San Francisco CA 94123