San Francisco Minstrels

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San Francisco Minstrels Hall

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Last Updated:
16 August 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

23 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM
24 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM
25 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM
26 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM
27 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM
28 Mar 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Wambold did not perform on 3/26 owing to a “ulcerated throat;” William P. Grier sang in his stead (see New York Clipper review).

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Lloyd
Participants:  Billy Birch [minstrel]
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  John B. Donniker
aka New songs; Foreign airs by native artists
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  Bobby Newcomb
aka Brilliant dances
Participants:  Bobby Newcomb


Advertisement: New York Herald, 23 March 1868.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 28 March 1868, 406.
Advertisement: New York Clipper, 28 March 1868, 408.
Review: New York Clipper, 04 April 1868, 414.

“David Wambold was prevented from appearing with the San Francisco Minstrels on March 26th, in consequence of an ulcerated throat, from which he has been suffering for some time, and it has been with considerable difficulty that he could sing for several weeks. An apology was made for his non-appearance, and a song by Mr. Grier was substituted. Billy Birch sang last week, for the first time, the London comic song of ‘Not for Joseph’; the finale to the first part, by the company, consisting of nursery rhymes, was very laughable, and appeared to please every one. Charley Backus’ gymnastic exercises of ‘Paw, the Russian Somerseter,’ were ludicrous in the extreme. Mr. Donniker’s violin solo was heartily and deservedly applauded. He is a first class musician, and plays a beautiful solo. Bobby Newcomb’s songs and dances take very well; in fact, he is called out two or three times each evening. The burlesque of ‘Under the Kerosene Lamp,’ which is just long enough to please, is a laughable affair, particularly Billy Birch’s mode of placing himself upon a railroad track and bringing the train to a full stop.”