FOR THREE DECADES
BILL GRAHAM RULED
LIVE ROCK & ROLL.
It wasn’t simply that he was on a first name basis with just about every important rock star, he was one of the few people in the music business who could hold his own with any of them and who, in his own right, was their equal. Graham didn’t simply stage thousands of rock concerts, that was business as usual for his skilled organization. He really earned his reputation by putting together extraordinary benefits and rock events.
Graham never seemed happier than when he was harnessing the tremendous power of rock & roll for the good of a cause. He truly seemed to delight in bringing together the biggest names in pop music to help make the world a better place, while at the same time making himself just a little bit more legendary.
— Michael Goldberg, December 1991
BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM
A cultural center of San Francisco for over a century.
Built in 1915 as part of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the building derives its name from the late impresario Bill Graham, who began the rock ‘n roll movement in San Francisco in the 1960s. The auditorium has hosted a multitude of significant cultural events, including the Democratic National Convention in 1920, a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to the NAACP in 1956, and the Golden State Warriors home court from 1964 to 1966. President Barack Obama was a guest of the venue both in 2007 and 2012 for campaign speeches, and the Dalai Lama offered two days of teachings in 2007. As the exclusive promoter, Another Planet Entertainment manages the building with respect to its rich history and keeps the venue active with hundreds of concerts and special events. Past events include performances by the Grateful Dead, Elton John, Swedish House Mafia, The Killers, Janet Jackson, Phish, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Tool, Sam Smith, Zedd, Chance the Rapper, Bette Midler, Juanes, Louis C.K., Bruno Mars and many more.