Former Location –
The Topanga Corral will be forever remembered as the place where Canned Heat, Spirit, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat and Spanky and Our Gang honed their skills. It is rumored that Jim Morrison wrote “Roadhouse Blues” about this place.
Notable Concerts Held At The Topanga Corral Included:
5/6/1982 – The Dickies
3/31/1981 – Canned Heat
6/16/1976 – The Runaways
8/12/1973 – Joni Mitchell
8/11/1973 – Neil Young
6/6/1971 – Gene Vincent
3/16/1967 – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
The Corral burned down in the late 70’s then it was rebuilt but burned down a second time in 1986. The property still lays vacant and is nothing more than a dirt lot surrounded by a chain link fence.
2034 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
Malibu California 90265
Actually, the Topanga Corral first burned down in 1968. A friend’s family owned the Corral and I went with them to inspect the charred building.
It was originally built on the lot to the west. When it was rebuilt, it was more east on the lot. Then it burned down again.
Hi Armand! I am looking to get photos of the Old Topanga Corral! Would you be able to contact me?
Dave here, not Armand, but I am good friends with one of the former owners of the Corral. He is a very talented designer/illustrator and we collaborated on some truly special homes up here in Northern Vermont. We have had some spirited conversations about the place, he especially loved Canned Heat.
Anyway, 802 253 9997 or 802 253 7153. Wonderfull guy, Jerry McDermott, I can only imagine he could fill you in
Enjoy, hope you make the connection
Norm Krause owned the corral before the first then 2nd fire, however it was a spaghetti joint then. I am his daughter. He also had the Bent Oak pool hall and beer bar for the locals . We are one of the first land owners from the 50’s!! I graduated from Topanga elementary school and original “lady of the canyon”.
Do you recall the night in the late 70s when Nils Lofgren and his band Grin played at Topanga Corral? If so, do you have any photos or poster?
That is a really fabulous ‘rock story’!
Still me again. I was just in Calabassas at a goth-ic wedding for Sara Reid, and telling my cousin about this fab old roadhouse that was in Topanga and just steeped in rock ‘n Roll History, and asked if it was STILL THERE, but couldn’t remember till just a few minutes ago that it was THIS PLACE!! The CORRAL!!! (I thought it was ‘The Wagon Wheel’ or something). He didn’t know, but others there DID remember, but not the Name! Well, this is IT for SURE- and I must’ve been there not long before it burned for the LAST time (so FUR, anyway!) Wish I could buy it- and build a monument to a great old joint. I remember just being in AWE that night…..maybe I’ll remember who I SAW, cuz it Was a GOOD one, and an old band, like the New Riders… maybe it WAS…..I remember it was that kinda spooky, evocative, deserty kind of music, that fit the venue so WELL. It was like being at my old haunt the Palomino, in NH- GOD, how I LOVED that place!! It was like THAT, just history everywhere you Looked- you could just FEEL it seeping from the WALLS…….
Do you think that was intentional?
I USED TO LIVE NEAR and went alot. I met Neil Young there and once Janice Joplin at the pool table…lolol…many more great times there…WILL NEVER FORGET🙏👍❤️🖖🤙☮️
All the previous and above reports warm my ol Topanga Heart… and.. my fave night was when Niel Young and Crazy Horse and Joanie Mitchel and I foget who else joined in that night… and i hope i never forget.
I was at this concert also. Neil and Joni played a couple of duets. Fantastic memory. The Eagles were the opening set.
I might have some photos from the early 60s. My father was part owner for a short time.
I grew up in Topanga, my dad, land owner of the restaurant before it burned down then rebuilt to become the Topanga corral!! We also owned the Bent Oak bar just down the road. Please email me would love to reminisce with you, I have photo’s as well however I would love to see any of the photos you have. Pinky is my nickname (Krause) family name. 808-344-6165
email@example.com Love to share some pictures with you my brother and I maybe would’ve known him Steve Krause hung out with Danny Tucker and the tapanga all stars and many others he has quite a few pictures himself I’m working on a documentary right now of our journey from when we first moved onto our property which was overlooking the tapanga corral In which my dad norm ruled with with a no nonsense attitude they called him Storman Norman everybody loved him anyway get in touch
I sent the only three photos I could find to your yahoo email address.
Hi everyone! I just found your website. My dad, Sid George, and his band used to hang out at Topanga Corral all the time. Their band name was The Basement Wall and they were from south louisiana. My dad talked about Topanga Dick who owned the bar and the bouncer Jim. One of the Basement Wall band members that I spoke to said that Topanga Dick had 2 German Shepard’s. One of the dog name was Acid & you couldn’t have any bad vibes if you were around the dog. One of the Basement Wall band members was bitten by Acid. I guess he had bad vibes on him that day!! Ha!! I read that some of y’all had pictures. I do not know for certain if the basement wall band actually played there. This would have been when Stephen Stills opened for Canned Heat. This would have been 1969 – early to mid 70’s. Thank you very much for your time. Enjoy your day! Julie George
I remember just moving to California in 1970….I probably got to the Valley by 1971….went with my room mate
to see Meat Loaf…what a memorable night!…RIP Meat Loaf
I remember driving past days after the second fire and the sign was still up… it said “it was a hot time in the old corral last night”. At least they still had their sense of humor.
I hung out at the Corral, I guess it was 1966-67. I remember the band playing Season of the Witch a LOT. Funky old place. Met and dated Dewey Martin, drummer for Buffalo Springfield there. Stephen Stills also hung out there. What fabulous memories.