San Francisco Minstrels

Event Information

San Francisco Minstrels Hall

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Record Information


Last Updated:
19 September 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

04 Sep 1865, Evening
05 Sep 1865, Evening
06 Sep 1865, Evening
07 Sep 1865, Evening
08 Sep 1865, Evening
09 Sep 1865, Evening

Program Details

Dick Sands on Friday only, replacing Tim Hayes.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka New songs; Foreign airs by native artists
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Participants:  David S. Wambold
aka Political harangue; Political address; Election speech
Participants:  Charley Backus


Advertisement: New York Herald, 03 September 1865.
Announcement: New York Clipper, 09 September 1865, 174.

“Night after night is their hall crowded, in fact to such an extent that it is almost an impossibility to get a good square breath.”

Review: New York Herald, 09 September 1865, 4.

Brief mention.  “The San Francisco Minstrels are also enjoying a large share of popularity.  They have peculiar features of excellence which entitle them to public favor.”

Review: New York Clipper, 16 September 1865, 182.

“The San Francisco Minstrels are now in the nineteenth week of their stay in this city, and they are attracting crowded houses every night.  We visited the show on the 8th inst., and as the rain was coming down very hefty, we thought we would have a good chance to get a seat, but we were doomed to disappointment, for the house was very full, and not a vacant seat to be found.  This may be surprising to some, but not so to us, for the party is one of the best ever seen in this city, and people will go to a good show whether the weather be good weather or whether it is bad weather.  Every member of the company does his best to please, and that they succeed is proven by the crowds that are nightly in attendance.  Tim Hayes failed to put in an appearance on the 8th, although his name was in the bills, but his place was quickly filled by Dick Sands, who happened to be on hand just in time to black up and go on and execute a clog dance.  He was well received by the audience, and received a call.”