Bill Graham exhibit rocks on at Illinois Holocaust Museum

You may not know his name, but it’s almost a certainty you’ve heard some of his work.

‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’
When: Through Nov. 12
Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
Admission: $6-$12; additional $5 for Graham exhibit ticket
Info: ilholocaustmuseum.org

The man in question is the late Bill Graham, the onetime dean of concert promoters, whose penchant for self-promotion (“Bill Graham Presents” was prominently placed on pretty much all of his concert posters) was surpassed only by his uncanny ability to spot and promote music talent. Rising to prominence in the 1960s rock music scene of San Francisco, Graham set up shop most notably at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, where the roster of relative “unknowns” would include Carlos Santana (whom Graham first saw in a 1967 jam session at the Fillmore), the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. The stage would come to boast the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, The Who, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, The Velvet Underground and more.

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