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Outside Lands Podcast Episode 467: Chet Helms & the Family Dog
In 1969, Chet Helms opened a new music venue called the Family Dog. Located in the building formerly known as the Ocean Beach Pavilion and later, Topsy's Roost, the Family Dog featured performances by bands that epitomized the late 60s/early 70s like the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and more.
- Jul 30, 2022
(above) Great Highway near Balboa,
Exterior of Topsy's Roost restaurant and dance hall. Autos parked in front. Building was originally constructed in 1884 as the Ocean Beach Pavilion.
The history of beloved buildings on Point Lobos Avenue seems inextricably linked to fire. John Martini joins Nicole & Arnold to describe the conflagrations that destroyed cherished west side attractions like the Cliff House (twice!) and Sutro Baths. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 12, 2022)
Built in the late 1940s, the Giant Camera next to the Cliff House, is perhaps the only camera obscura to be on the National Register of Historic Places. And it costs less than $5 to enjoy! (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Oct 17, 2014)