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
3138 Fillmore Street
San Francisco CA 94123