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Electric Flag, The

The Electric Flag made their debut at the Monterey Festival in 1967 with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Buddy Miles on drums.

The majority of the band were arrested on narcotics charges  in 1967 at a Huntington Beach motel near the Golden Bear Club where they had a 10-day gig. Taken to jail were Bloomfield, bassist Harvey Brooks, organist Barry Goldberg and conga-drumming vocalist Nick ‘The Greek’ Gravenites.

With guitar, organ and brass The Electric Flag had a rocking blues sound full of energy. Too much energy it seems, because before they really showed what they were capable of, Bloomfield and Miles decided the group just wasn’t big enough for both of them. They both split, and the group folded.

Mike Bloomfield  
Guitar, percussion
Nick Gravenites  

Vocals, guitar
Barry Goldberg  

Keyboards
Buddy Miles  

Drums, percussion
Harvey Brooks  

Bass, guitar
Marcus Doubleday  

Trumpet, percussion
Peter Strazza  

Saxophone
Herbie Rich  

Guitar, saxophone
Ira Kamin
Organ
John Kahn
Bass
Mark Naftalin
Piano