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Vintage 1968 Kaleidoscope Round Concert Poster Series

Updated on January 24, 2017

The Kaleidoscope, Hollywood

The Kaleidoscope Logo 1968 6230 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood
The Kaleidoscope Logo 1968 6230 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood | Source

The Earl Carroll Theatre

The Earl Carroll Theatre 6230 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood 1940s
The Earl Carroll Theatre 6230 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood 1940s | Source

The Earl Carroll Theatre

20-foot-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace Earl Carrpll Theatre 1940s
20-foot-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace Earl Carrpll Theatre 1940s | Source

Have You Ever Seen A Round Concert Poster ??

The Kaleidoscope was a psychedelic rock venue conceived of by Skip Taylor, located in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. Taylor was the manager of the blues boogie band Canned Heat and with no doubt was looking to create a premier Fillmore type music venue in the Los Angeles area. The Club was off to a rocky start in 1967 the location for the first Kaleidoscope show, a two day event was to be at 1228 Vine Street which met with opposition and a last minute injunction stopped the show. The show was relocated to the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel, at 3400 Wilshire, which was the location of the legendary Coconut Grove Ballroom.

While looking for a permanent location, The Kaleidoscope establishes a temporary venue for its bookings at Ciro's at 8433 W. Sunset Boulevard a posh nightclub from the 1940s which in the 1960s became a Rock n' Roll Club under the same name. The nightclub also served as the host during the recording of the 1965 Dick Dale album "Rock Out With Dick Dale: Live At Ciro's".

In 1968 The Kaleidoscope takes up residents at the Earl Carroll Theatre located at 6230 Sunset Boulevard. where it was a whole lot easier to get the necessary permits at a location that already has had live entertainment and dancing. The Earl Carroll Theatre built in the 1940s by Broadway impresario and showman Earl Carroll which was touted as an "entertainment palace". The glamorous supper club-theater offered shows on a massive stage which featured two 30' revolving turntables and staircase with swings that could be lowered from the ceiling. The building's façade was adorned by what at the time was one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks, a 20-foot-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace, one of Earl Carroll's "most beautiful girls in the world".

The Kaleidoscope featured many top West Coast rock acts, with an emphasis on local bands such as The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane and many others. To advertise these concerts The Kaleidoscope used a unique series of posters which were round, with a 18.5" diameter and like Bill Grahams Fillmore Posters or Chet Helms Family Dog Posters this was a numbered series. There was no poster #11 or no poster #12

Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat 1967

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster April 14-16 1228 Vine Street (1967) Poster #1 In Series
Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster April 14-16 1228 Vine Street (1967) Poster #1 In Series | Source

Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit"

Kaleidoscope Poster #1

April 14-16, 1967 Jefferson Airplane headlines this ill-fated first show at the Kaleidoscope where an injunction stops the show at 1228 Vine Street as advertised on the above poster but as the show must go on the venue was changed to the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel. Jefferson Airplane had just released their second album "Surrealistic Pillows" and had a charting single with "Somebody To Love". Sharing the stage this night was The Grateful Dead, who had there own cult following and who just released there first album simply titled the "The Grateful Dead" and Lastly Canned Heat rounded out this show, who were a LA favorite Blues Boogie Band.

The Doors, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, UFO 1967

The Doors, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, UFO, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster April 21-23, Ciro's 8443 Sunset Strip (1967) Poster #2 In Series Artist John Douglas Cline
The Doors, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, UFO, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster April 21-23, Ciro's 8443 Sunset Strip (1967) Poster #2 In Series Artist John Douglas Cline | Source

The Doors "Gloria"

Kaleidoscope Poster #2


Kaleidoscopes second show April 21-23, 1967 The Doors headline this three day event which is at Ciro’s, a nightclub at 8433 W. Sunset Boulevard. The Doors who were a local favorite who had just released there first album in January and are about to become bigger than life Please Note although The Doors did play at Ciro's, it was only ever advertised as The Kaleidoscope. The Doors shared the stage with Peanut Butter Conspiracy another LA band who's first album was showing moderate success. This is by far the toughest individual poster to find within the whole Kaleidoscope numbered series.

The Doors "Alabama Song" "Love Me Two Times"

Canned Heat, The New Age, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band 1967

Canned Heat, The New Age, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, May 12-13 1967 Kaleidoscope at Cirros -- Poster #3 in Series
Canned Heat, The New Age, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, May 12-13 1967 Kaleidoscope at Cirros -- Poster #3 in Series | Source

Canned Heat "Rollin' & Tumblin'" 1967

Kaleidoscope Poster #3

May 12-13 1967 Kaleidoscope third show was at Ciro's 8443 Sunset Strip - Canned Heat just signed a recording contract with Liberty Records in April which produced their first album "Canned Heat" Also on the bill was The New Age who traveled to Los Angeles to be a feature in the Culver City filming of the Arthur Dreifuss-directed movie The Love-Ins, so while in L.A. they played at The Kaleidoscope and a few others shows on Sunset Strip. Lastly on the bill was the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. A complete evening with a psychedelic light show provided by New Glory Lights.

Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Buffalo Springfield Type 1

Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Buffalo Springfield, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #4 Type 1 from Series with Art by Dick Dahlgren,
Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Buffalo Springfield, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #4 Type 1 from Series with Art by Dick Dahlgren, | Source

Jefferson Airplane "Somebody To Love" 1967

Kaleidoscope Poster #4

March 22-23, 1968 Jefferson Airplane headline the opening of The Kaleidoscope at 6230 Sunset Boulevard the Earl Carroll Theater in Hollywood along with Canned Heat who had a hit single and popular album. Buffalo Springfield were initially on the bill but canceled these two nights. Fever Tree replaced them, a band from Houston who would soon have a hit with “San Francisco Girls.” The type 1 poster shown above show with the Buffalo Springfield graphics and the Type 2 poster shown below have the Fever Tree graphics. Complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Fever Tree Type 2

Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Fever Tree, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968)  Poster #4 Type 2 from Series with Art by Dick Dahlgren,
Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Fever Tree, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #4 Type 2 from Series with Art by Dick Dahlgren, | Source

Bo Diddley, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Clear Light 1968

Bo Diddley, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Clear Light, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968)  Poster #5 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren,
Bo Diddley, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Clear Light, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #5 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren, | Source

"It's A Happening Thing" 1967

Kaleidoscope Poster #5

March 29, 1968 The Doors headline this show on Friday Night they were not mentioned on posters printed for this date, suggesting they were a last-minute addition or surprise guest. sharing the stage was Bo Diddley who at the time was working in the studio on his album "Super Blues" with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. Peanut Butter Conspiracy had released their second album "The Great Conspiracy" and finally Clear Light who had just released their first and only LP. Complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

The Youngbloods, Spirit, Genesis 1968

Youngbloods, Spirit, Genesis, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #6 In Series, Art by Dick Dahlgren,
Youngbloods, Spirit, Genesis, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #6 In Series, Art by Dick Dahlgren, | Source

Youngbloods "Grizzly Bear" 1967

Kaleidoscope Poster #6

The Youngbloods were a American folk rock band about to release their second album "Earth Music" the follow up to 1967's Youngbloods sharing the stage with Randy California and Jay Ferguson and Spirit released their self titled first album in January of 1968 the show finished off with Genesis which was not the lads from England, complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

Genessis "She Is Beautiful" 1967

Canned Heat, Travel Agency, Evergreen Blue Shoes 1968

Canned Heat, Travel Agency, Evergreen Blue Shoes,  Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #7 In Series, Art by Dick Dahlgren,
Canned Heat, Travel Agency, Evergreen Blue Shoes, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #7 In Series, Art by Dick Dahlgren, | Source

Canned Heat "Evil Woman"

Kaleidoscope Poster #7

April 8-11, 1968 "The Easter Kaleidospecial" This was a Monday to Thursday billing, a sign that the Kaleidoscope intended to be a full time nightclub. Canned Heat just released there second album "Boogie with Canned Heat" in February of 1968 sharing the bill were Evergreen Blue Shoes and Travel Agency, while not well known, played around Hollywood and both ended up recording albums. Complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

Canned Heat "On the Road Again"

H.P. Lovecraft, James Cotton Blues Band, Mint Tattoo 1968

H.P. Lovecraft, James Cotton Blues Band, Mint Tattoo, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968)  Poster #8 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren
H.P. Lovecraft, James Cotton Blues Band, Mint Tattoo, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #8 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren | Source

H.P. Lovecraft "The Drifter" 1967

Kaleidoscope Poster #8

April 12-14, 1968 as noted on the poster this was a one year anniversary for The Kaleidoscope, one year since the ill-fated first show which stopped by an injunction but as the show must go on the venue was changed to the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel and the rest is as they say history On this anniversary show finds H.P. Lovecraft honing their chops along with the James Cotton Blues Band the formed in 1967 after Cotton left the Muddy Waters Band and Mint Tattoo a short-lived San Francisco band. Complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Kaleidoscope, Flamin' Groovies

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Kaleidoscope, Flamin' Groovies, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #9 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren
Quicksilver Messenger Service, Kaleidoscope, Flamin' Groovies, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #9 In Series Art by Dick Dahlgren | Source

Quicksilver Messenger Service "What About Me"

Kaleidoscope Poster #9

April 19-21, 1968 concert at Kaleidoscope featuring Quicksilver Messenger Service and Flamin’ Groovies and a band of the same name Kaleidoscope with multi-instrumentalist David Lindley who had just released there second album "A Beacon from Mars" along with Quicksilver Messenger Service a psychedelic rock band who will release their first album in May and the Flamin’ Groovies finish the night, complete with a psychedelic light show provided by Omega's Eye.

Quicksilver Messenger Service "Fresh Air"

Moby Grape, Hourglass, Mt. Rushmore 1968

Moby Grape, Hourglass, Mt. Rushmore Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #10 In Series
Moby Grape, Hourglass, Mt. Rushmore Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #10 In Series | Source

Moby Grape "Omaha"

Kaleidoscope Poster #10

May 17-18, 1968 Moby Grape released their second LP in January of 1968 which charted at top 20 in Billboards Album Charts sharing the stage with Moby Grape was The Hourglass (Greg & Duane Allman, later to become the Allman Brothers) who just released there second album on Liberty Records "Power of Love" and Mt. Rushmore who hailed from San Francisco and played a heavy blues rock style with psychedelic elements.

Them, Incredible String Band, Sons of Champlin 1968

Them, Incredible String Band, Sons of Champlin, Kaleidoscope  Concert Poster (1968) Poster #13 In Series
Them, Incredible String Band, Sons of Champlin, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #13 In Series | Source

Them "Gloria" 1965

Kaleidoscope Poster #13

May 24-25, 1968 Van Morrisson Left the band in 1966 and at this period in time Them just released an album in January titled "Now And Them". Sharing the bill will Them is the Incredible String Band were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland, who in March Released their album "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" Finishing with the Sons of Champlin who will soonbe in the studio for capitol records to work on there first album released in 1969.

Iron Butterfly, Life, Things to Come 1968

Iron Butterfly, Life, Things to Come, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #14 In Series, Art by Mike Salisbury
Iron Butterfly, Life, Things to Come, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #14 In Series, Art by Mike Salisbury | Source

Kaleidoscope Poster #14

A great photo design created by Mike Salisbury adds something a little special to this round Kaleidoscope Club poster for a two day event May 31-June 1, 1968 shows headliner Iron Butterfly who was about to release their second album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". Sharing the bill are the bands Life and Things to Come.

H.P. Lovecraft, Kaleidoscope, Don Ellis 1968

H.P. Lovecraft, Kaleidoscope, Don Ellis Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #15 from Series
H.P. Lovecraft, Kaleidoscope, Don Ellis Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #15 from Series | Source

Kaleidoscope Poster #15

June 7-8, 1968 H.P. Lovecraft were a Chicago band who would ultimately move to San Francisco and at this time were working on there second album "H.P. Lovecraft II" sharing the bill was the band Kaleidoscope was an eclectic psychedelic band fronted by multi-Instrumentalist Dave Lindley. The Don Ellis Orchestra which was a brilliant and forward looking big band, playing weird time signatures with electric instruments and generally ahead of its time.

Love, Rhinoceros, Taj Mahal 1968

Love, Rhinoceros, Taj Mahal, Kaleidoscope Round Concert Poster (1968) Poster #16 from Series
Love, Rhinoceros, Taj Mahal, Kaleidoscope Round Concert Poster (1968) Poster #16 from Series | Source

Love "Hey Joe" 1966

Kaleidoscope Poster #16

The June 14 and 15, 1968 performances by Los Angeles band Love featuring Arthur Lee, Pete Johnson from the Los Angeles Times describes a line around the block for Love. Love rarely played live, and almost never outside of California, because Arthur Lee didn't like to fly. Sharing the bill with love was Elektra Records project "Supergroup" Rhinoceros who were in Elecktras brand new studios hammering out their first album "Rhinoceros" and rounding out the bill was Taj Mahal's who in August will release his first album "Taj Mahal"

Electric Flag, Illinois Speed Press, Smokestack Lightnin' 1968

Electric Flag, Illinois Speed Press, Smokestack Lightnin', Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #16 from Series
Electric Flag, Illinois Speed Press, Smokestack Lightnin', Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #16 from Series | Source

Kaleidoscope Poster #18

Electric flag was American blues rock band who just released there first album "A Long Time Comin'" in March. Illinois Speed Press was an early band with dual lead guitar whe were a Chicago band transplanted in California.

Sly and the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Sons of Champlin 1968

Sly and the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Sons of Champlin, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #19 from Series
Sly and the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Sons of Champlin, Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #19 from Series | Source

Kaleidoscope Poster #19

July 4-5, 1968 Canned Heat plays their authentic blues interpretations, augmented by their own exceptional instrumentation. Sharing the stage this holiday weekend with Canned Heat were San Francisco's Sly And The Family Stone who earlier in the year released the single "Dance To The Music" which let the world know that psychedelic soul was on the march. Also on the bill were the Sons of Champlin who will soon sign a record deal with Capitol Records.

Sly & the Family Stone "Dance To the Music"

Spirit, The Kaleidoscope Orchestra, "Independence Day Spectacular" 1968

Spirit, The Kaleidoscope Orchestra, "Independence Day Spectacular", Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #20 from Series
Spirit, The Kaleidoscope Orchestra, "Independence Day Spectacular", Kaleidoscope Concert Poster (1968) Poster #20 from Series | Source

Kaleidoscope Poster #20

The Kaleidoscope Club's "Independence Day Spectacular" July 6, 1968 event is features Spirit and the Kaleidoscope Orchestra alongside "The Kaleido-Kadettes, luscious showgirls, a movie, live animals on stage, lights, stars too big to name". Measuring 18.5" in diameter

Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral"

Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral" Wand Records WDS 693 (1970) Front Cover  -- Bob Hite, Alan Wilson
Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral" Wand Records WDS 693 (1970) Front Cover -- Bob Hite, Alan Wilson | Source

"Live at Topanga Corral"

Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral" Wand Records WDS 693 (1970) Back Cover  -- Bob Hite, Alan Wilson
Canned Heat "Live at Topanga Corral" Wand Records WDS 693 (1970) Back Cover -- Bob Hite, Alan Wilson | Source

Canned Heat "Bullfrog Blues"

Canned Heat "Sweet Sixteen"

Canned Heat "I'd Rather Be the Devil"

Canned Heat "Dust My Broom"

Canned Heat "Wish You Would"

Canned Heat "When Things Go Wrong"

Canned Heat Live at the Kaleidoscope 1968

Live at Topanga Corral was an album released in 1971 by Canned Heat. The recordings were taken from a 1968 concert at The Kaleidoscope in Hollywood, California and not at the Topanga Corral as the title suggests. Canned Heat were under contract to Liberty Records at the time and Liberty did not want to release a live album, so manager Skip Taylor told Liberty that the recordings had been recorded in 1966 & 1967 at the Topanga Corral and released the record with Wand Records to avoid legal complications. The record has been bootlegged and reissued countless times, and was issued by Wand Records as Live at the Kaleidoscope.

Canned Heat emerging onto the scene in 1966, was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite. Hite took the name Canned Heat from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson titled "Canned Heat Blues", which was a song about drinking methanol from the cooking fuel or Sterno. The song features the refrain "canned heat, mama, sure, Lord, killing me". Canned Heat garnered international attention and secured their spot in the annals of rock 'n roll history with their performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and in 1969 they had a headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival.

Wilson was already renowned for his distinctive harmonica work when he accompanied veteran bluesman, Son House, on his rediscovery album, "Father of the Blues." They were joined by Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine, another ardent record collector capable of blazing the fretboard at a moment's notice and was a former member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the band in 1967 were Larry "The Mole" Taylor on bass, an experienced session musician who had played with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Monkees and lastly in rhythm, Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra on drums who had played in two of the biggest Latin American bands, Los Sinners and Los Hooligans and then with The Platters, The Shirelles, T-Bone Walker and Etta James.

The Many Faces of the Earl Carroll Theatre

Did You Know ?

In 1953, Las Vegas showman Frank Sennes reopened the theatre as a nightclub under the name "Moulin Rouge". The popular TV contest show Queen for a Day was broadcast from the Moulin Rouge during part of the show's 1956–1964 run.

In late 1965 the theatre became the "Hullabaloo", a rock and roll club capitalizing on the popularity of the television variety show Hullabaloo.

For a brief period in 1968 it was a psychedelic rock venue known as The Kaleidoscope.

In 1968, the theatre was redecorated in psychedelic art style and the 20-foot-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace was removed and theatre was renamed the "Aquarius Theatre", and rededicated as the home of a long-running Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Hair.

For many years, the Earl Carroll Theater was used for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

In the fall of 1993, the theater was the venue for Fox Network's The Chevy Chase Show under the name "The Chevy Chase Theater".

In the late 1990s, the theater was acquired by the cable television channel Nickelodeon. The name of the theater was changed to "Nickelodeon on Sunset" and it became the headquarters for Nickelodeon's West Coast live-action television production.


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      Fox Music 2 years ago

      Yes I Agree for the Brief Period of Time The Kaleidoscope was Open they Created a Great Series of Unique Concert Posters

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      TZNelson 2 years ago

      Thank You for Sharing This Hub-Page -- These Round Concert Posters Are Very Unique.