A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Researched, Compiled, and Maintained by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2024.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: June 15, 2024
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1968.10.11 Joni's next appearance The Stone Balloon New Haven, CT

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For the sake of truth, justice, and completeness, Joni played a four-day stand at The Stone Balloon at that time - October 9-12, 1968. I don't know why I didn't know about this at the time, but it must have been poorly publicized. I was a pretty hip teenager, and would have gone to at least one of those shows if I'd known - unless you had to be of legal drinking age, which doesn't sound as though that were the case. I learned about these shows a couple of years ago, and have been kicking myself for missing them ever since (gently, though).

But I DID go to see Cream at the New Haven Arena this night - the second time I saw them, having seen them earlier in the year at Woolsey Hall.


John Gurvitch writes:
I don't know the date, but feel it could be determined, perhaps. First, it was on the same night that Cream was playing at the "old" New Haven hockey rink. [ed: Cream played there on October 11, 1968]. It was in the basement of a one story building, brick/concrete, of the type specially created for a "super market" of the times (earlier), which I believe had gone bust.

It was a coffee house type place, and while we were visiting with Joni in the "dressing room", a family came in, from her home town, the wife had been or was the librarian in that town, and went to great lengths to "remind" Joni of an unreturned book, (long before Seinfeld!) They had two boys who were teenish and awkward.

We did go to hear Cream too that night, and Joni was sorry not to get to hear Eric Clapton & Co. I will say, when I listened to her that night, I was already somewhat familiar with her music, but sitting there watching and listening, I was surprised to find out what a great guitarist she was! I was young still, and hadn't gotten away from certain "innocent" male chauvinist rock propaganda modes yet.