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“A Very Merry Unbirthday”

In early 1968, pundits predicted the “Boston Sound” would eclipse the “San Francisco Sound,” but as far as I could see, there was no “Boston Sound.” The most popular sound in dance clubs was Motown, and James Brown and Wilson Pickett were the premiere headliners. Folk was still big in coffeehouses, but apart from Bob Dylan (who had gone electric), folk was no longer considered commercial.

The Psychedelic Supermarket in Kenmore Square booked out of town acts by arrangement with their promoters, who sought exposure for their groups in the Boston area. "Travis Pike's Tea Party" was one of the local exceptions. We played the Supermarket on several occasions, primarily as an opening act for groups like "Moby Grape," "Spirit" and "The Fugs".

What "Travis Pike's Tea Party" did, as well or better than any other band in New England, was perform concerts of original music which went over with college, high school, and coffee house crowds even art festival crowds — in fact with any crowd, young or old, that actually listened! Rabid loyalists may insist that we were the only real "Boston Sound," but the "Boston Sound" was as eclectic and inclusive as the city, itself, easily accommodating a myriad of musicians and styles from the Pops to Mancini!