Frenchy's dated back to at least 1962.(3)
It "was an oddity, the hippest club in an unhip area."
On May 21, 1966, The Mothers backed Neil Diamond here!
Jerry performed here on
6/18/65 Warlocks (Phil Lesh's first gig)
and three other unknown dates in 1965
"Phil Lesh says, "My first gig was across the bay in Hayward. We had an oral deal for two or three nights, and the first night was my first night in the band.There was nobody there-I guess the guy had expected us to draw automatically or something.
We took all our equipment home with us that night because they wouldn't guarantee security for it, and when we came back the next night there was a saxaphone, accordian, and guitar trio playing. Either we were so bad-which was possible-or the club owner was just desperate, but we had to be replaced."(1)(2)
Phil's first show was at Frenchy's, in Hayward, on June 18, 1965. The band was not invited back.(1)
"The Grateful Dead played Madison Square Garden from September 4-6, so
it's unlikely Garcia was in town. This may have been a show with Jerry
Frenchy's was the very same venue from which the Warlocks were hired
for a three day booking and then fired, reputedly on June 18, 1965. A Monday night at Frenchy's would be a good place for
the band to try out its "new look" without Garcia. The show was
subtitled "Merl Saunders And Friends," I think as an indicator of fans
as to what to expect."(4)
1.)^Gans, David, Playin' In The Band, pg. 37.
2.)^McNally, Dennis, Long Strange Trip, pg. 84.
3.)^Arnold, Corry, 2011-09-16, Summer 1965, http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2011/09/summer-1965-top-of-tangent-117.html
4.)^Arnold, Corry, 2012-11-01, Reconstructing Reconstruction, http://lostlivedead.blogspot.com/2012/11/reconstructing-reconstruction-january.html