Shakti w/ John McLaughlin....November 12, 1977 (First Show)(9PM)
The Cellar Door, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

John McLaughlin - guitar
L. Shankar - violin
Zakir Hussain - tabla
T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram - ghatam
Margaret & Fran - "boxes" on Tracks 5/6

Taper: bpthree
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Quality: vg+
Length: 74:36 minutes
Artwork: none.
Samples: none.

Set List:

01. ????
02. Peace Of Mind
03. India
04. ???? (Can't make out the announced title)
05. Get Down & Sruti (Part One)(tape flip)
06. Get Down & Sruti (Part Two)

Taper's Comments:

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all the information I can get. I have a database of over 1500 gigs 1967-1996, and
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bands, etc.), I'd love to know that as well. Please leave that in the comments
section or PM me. Thank you!

2 - Show description & comments follow:

"The Cellar Door" was a very small, but great room that held about 200 people packed in
like sardines. Years later the DC Fire Marshal's forced to club to reduce their capacity to
about 125 people. The club tried to continue, but financially couldn't do it. I believe today
it houses the offices of CELLAR DOOR PRODUCTIONS, which is or was a major booking
agency, if they are still around. I just read one person call this place "a dive", and it was
nothing like that. If anything, it was more upscale, and there were a lot of business people
in there as well for the shows.

This was my first time seeing the great John McLaughlin. While I always preferred his
electric guitar work, I wasn't complaining here. Certainly really unique stuff, with a
great supporting cast of Indian musicians, including the fab violinist L. Shankar. Two
women, Margaret & Fran, joined on the last song to pump some "boxes", which were
some sort of bellows type of instrument, as I remember. I found them nearly inaudible!


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