Jimi Hendrix Exp - Davenport, Iowa - August 11, 1968


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Feb 4, 2003
August 11, 1968 – Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Coliseum Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa. Support acts: Soft Machine and local band Night People.

Set list: Are You Experienced, Lover Man, Tax Free, Red House, Foxy Lady, I Don’t Live Today, Fire

Remembers promoter Don Wachel, “Hendrix’s management called us. He was playing Minneapolis and was en route to St. Louis. His price was $8,000, which was a lot for an act in 1968. We debated over a week over it because we would have had to get at least 2,200 people to break even. It wasn’t a sure thing because his songs weren’t on the radio and general public didn’t really know who he was yet.” He goes on to say, “We took a gamble and didn’t make any money on the show. I think if we would’ve had him six months later it would have been standing room only.” The Experience was paid $19,000 for their appearance.

Regarding the concert, Wachel recalls, “The night didn’t go that easy. Soft Machine was contracted to play for $500. At show time, they demanded $1,000 or they wouldn’t go on. I said, ‘Fine, I don’t need you. We’ll do a longer intermission and go on to Hendrix.’ But both bands had the same road manager and that didn’t work. I had to pay the extra $500 to Soft Machine.” In addition, “Noel Redding was a bit perturbed because we had ‘Jimi Hendrix’ on the marquee outside instead of ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience.’ He wanted to make sure that I knew he was upset. Hendrix sat in a chair in the office and didn’t say a word about it.”

Opening act Night People was the Sunday night house band at the Col, and got to open the show. “We played first and had a pretty good following,” said guitarist Mike Stroehle in an interview published in Eyewitness: The Illustrated Jimi Hendrix 1968. “We were pretty confident. The thing that hit me was when Hendrix started, he was plunking around on his guitar, getting it set. He sounded better than us just plunking around than we actually playing.” Of the Hendrix set, he recalls, “He did a blues tune called ‘Red House’ and ‘Here Comes Your Lover Man’ which wasn’t on his album. A friend of ours recorded the show on a Tanberg reel-to-reel with a couple of microphones set up in the balcony. The original tape was excellent but that’s been lost – we still have copies.”




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Nov 30, 2011
May we never forget that the Coliseum Ballroom in
Davenport hosted Johnny Cash in 1955.


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Jul 10, 2002
Do you have any idea of how long those Hendrix songs could be? He wasn't a 3 minute for the AM radio play kinda guy.

Hendrix would have been like the Grateful Dead, turn a 3 min single into a 16 minute live song with 4 different solos and (likely) a diversion into something kind of resembling the rest of the song, buy call it a bridge.


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May we never forget that the Coliseum Ballroom in
Davenport hosted Johnny Cash in 1955.
And Stevie Ray Vaughn in 1985
And Metallica in 1988
And the Beastie Boys in 1987
And The Replacments in 1991
And The Pixies in 1992

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Nov 9, 2001


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Sep 16, 2001
So, a couple of my dad's good friends were at the Jimi show. They were with the Night People group. Dad missed the show.

Saw Stevie Ray Vaughn at Palmer Auditorium in the spring of 84. Fun fact, he was the opening act for Huey Lewis and the News. Crazy.
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Jul 24, 2001
my first widespread panic show was at the Col in August of 95. $15 to get in with $5 pitchers. I've seen a few more since then 😉