Another huge contributor to the music as well as the cultural scene was the music and artists that emerged from the Bay Area. Together with its counter-cultural community, the artist would perform live in the streets and in the mid 60’s and early 70’s many San Francisco based bands would record those songs. Although different in style and sound the bands from the Bay Area were similar as in their use of different chord progressions, increased emphases on the bass guitar and drums. This sound was not just influenced by the British sound but also from folk rock, Chicago electric blues and soul music of Detroit.
Notable artists of the area and time are, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Santana, The Great Society, Quicksilver Messenger Service, New Riders of the Purple Sage and Country Joe and the Fish.
Even today the San Francisco sound remains a model to many artists from then and today.
As many as 100,000 young people from around the world flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer of 1967, including nearby Berkeley and other neighboring San Francisco Bay Area cities, to join in the ultimate hippie experience. In Golden Gate Park one could obtain free food, drugs and love. A free medical clinic was established and a free store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.
The allure of joining a cultural utopia during the Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages including teenagers and college students, middle-class vacationers and even the
free-spirited military personnel from nearby military bases.
The Haight-Ashbury district, however, could not accommodate this rapid influx of people, and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Many people simply left in the fall to resume their studies and previous life styles.
Along with the music and artists of the Monterey Pop Festival the songs from groups like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas, The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Grateful Dead have become synonymous of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco and the summer of love, 1967.