Norm "Pogo" Fontaine was an East Palo Alto cat with deep roots in the jazz world, as well as an accomplished painter. Though he was in his mid-40's at the time, he hung comfortably in this mainly youthful party scene. In fact, his house, known as Pogo's Place, was another notorious party spot during this era.(1)
David McQueen, "He
(Jerry) was listening to a lot of Reverend Gary Davis at the time. But
blues, gospel, jazz -- he'd play it all. He used to jam with the
drummers who came to play at Pogo's (Norm Fontaine's house)..."(1)
Jerry performed here in
"One Saturday night in the Spring of 1962, Lesh and Garcia connected.
They'd seen each other around, but at a party at Pogo's, Lesh remarked
"Jerry, you sing and play good, I work for KPFA, how'd you like to be on
Norm "Pogo" Fontaine's house, Palo Alto, CA
1.)^Jackson, Blair, Garcia: An American Life, pg. 31, 42.
2.)^McNally, Dennis, Long Strange Trip, pg. 39.