The Velvet Underground spent much of the summer of 1968 touring up and down the West Coast and this was the second of two engagements at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco (naturally, the stint was bookended by appearances at the Boston Tea Party, VU’s “home court” during the late 1960s). They were touring behind the White Light/White Heat album and John Cale was still with the band for these shows.
Tim Buckley was a singer/songwriter who was probably at about his peak when he headlined these shows. His first album, 1966's “Tim Buckley” displayed his folk sensibilities with some rock and pop accents. The following year, his “Goodbye and Hello” album leaned in to the psychedelic scene and it became his first album to enter the Top 200 albums charts, peaking at 171. In March 1968, Buckley was featured on the final episode of the popular TV series The Monkees, performing "Song of the Siren."
The poster was made by Paul Kagan an American photographer, graphic artist, and author. He is remembered for the rock concert posters featuring his photographs published during the Sixties and the book of photographs depicting Utopian communities he published in 1975.
Following graduation from UC Berkeley, he pursued a career as a commercial photographer, magazine art director and fine-art photographer. In the late 1960s he photographed the Monterey Pop Festival, the Human Be-In of 1967, and the People’s Park protests of 1969 and he also shot a series of erotic photographs that were used by designers in rock concert posters including Victor Moscoso, Tom Weller, and David Smith