Chuck Berry and the 1965 Blues Festival


There are a lot of poster covered walls at the Arhoolie Foundation’s offices. These posters were collected by Arhoolie Foundation’s president Chris Strachwitz over the past 60 years as he pursued his passions as a record collector, record company owner, concert producer, magazine publisher, film producer, radio D.J., archivist, discographer, and all around fan of vernacular music.

When Chuck Berry passed away on March 28th, 2017, it reminded us of one of the posters on the wall. In 1965 Chris Strachwitz produced the Berkeley Blues Festival bringing Chuck Berry to Berkeley California and then to Los Angeles. Here’s a 7 minute interview conducted a few days after Chuck Berry passed away with Chris remembering those days and the two concerts.

Note the concert program and review below.


Interview of Chris Strachwitz

Interviewed by Tom Diamant

Interview Date: May 23, 2017 & May 29, 2017

Interview Location: Arhoolie Foundation offices, 10341 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, California

Language: English

Concert Program. Click to enlarge and read.