Original 1st printing 22 x 28&1/2" large concert poster for a pair of benefit shows at the Berkeley (CA) Community Theater on 9/20-21/1968 for the Ali Akbar (Khan) College of Music. The "rock" concert on 9/20 featured the Grateful Dead with the Steve Miller Band and Ace of Cups, and the traditional Indian music concert on 9/21 featured the school's namesake (Ustad) Ali Akbar Khan along with Ustad Bahadur Khan and Sri Shankar Ghosh. Designer unknown, with a photo by Peggy Barnett, extra-thick glossy coated index stock poster is in very good to excellent (B/B+ to B+) condition; light handling/surface wear (a few small scattered pinch dings and a light surface scratch or two), a couple of minor corner bumps, a 3/4" tear in the left center margin, a 3" stress bend in the upper right margin (under "Music") and a couple of tape marks on the reverse, otherwise fine. ULTRA-scarce Grateful Dead concert poster from a VERY neat gig; according to Jerilyn Brandelius' "Grateful Dead Family Album", page 133:
"In 1968, Mickey Hart was studying at the Ali Akbar Khan School of music with Tabla Master Shankar Ghosh. He would work on compositions with Shankar which included Rhythmic Cycles of 4, 6, 16, 5 & 7 and take these teachings to Bill Kreutzmann. Mickey & Bill were instructing Shankar on traps in exchange for Tabla lessons and would combine their knowledge in compositions of East and West. In September of 1968 the Grateful Dead played a concert at the Berkeley Community Theater. Before the concert, the drummers had prepared a surprise for the audience. During part of "Alligator", the Grateful Dead amps rolled apart and two risers rolled on stage between Mickey and Bill. On them were Shankar Ghosh and Vince Delgado, a fine dumbec player and student of Shankar's. The four men sat and fixed compositions together, taking a rhythmic journey through many "Tals", or time cycles. Ali Akbar Khan composed the closing composition for them and when they were finished, the applause was deafening."
Care to judge for yourself? HERE'S THE SHOW: