This rich article, taken from the May 10-16, 1974 issue of the Berkeley Barb, expresses the appeal of the smaller rock ‘n’ roll clubs around the Bay Area like the Keystone Berkeley.

The newspaper understood that Jerry Garcia was an attention magnet, but the article concentrates on some of the characters one might have found in the audience of the Keystone Berkeley in the mid-1970s.

Journalist Sam Silver underlines, too, the experimentation and open-mindedness of the musicians. The Keystone was a place where these musicians could try out different styles of music without worrying about blowback from their audience.