Meet the Legendary Ace of Cups
The Beloved All-Female Rock Group from the 1960s San Francisco Psychedelic Scene
From 1967 to 1972, the Ace of Cups were at the epicenter of the ‘60s cultural and social revolution. From the Acid Tests to the protests, from the free concerts in Golden Gate Park to the ballrooms of San Francisco, they shared stages with everyone from The Band to the Grateful Dead, and were chosen to open for Jimi Hendrix the week after his groundbreaking performance at The Monterey Pop Festival.
Despite eliciting music industry interest for their exceptional songs, sublime harmonies and exuberant live performances, the Ace of Cups never got the chance to make a record…until now.
In the News
KQED features the history of the Ace of Cups as they come together to record their album.
A Dream Deferred: Pioneering All-Female Rock Band Finally Having Its Moment
They were arguably the first all-female rock band of importance. Original and openly feminist, the act never scored a record deal. Until now. Read more.
Billboard: Lost '60s Rockers Talk Band Resurrection
Although the group shared the stage with the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, they never recorded a proper album...until now. Read more.
The Return Of San Francisco’s First-All Female Rock Band
There are second acts. Guitarist Denise Kaufman answers Pollstar’s questions about the group’s journey from the ‘60s to hitting the studio today. Read more.
Decades After Fading from SF’s Psychedelic Scene, the Ace of Cups Arrives
Formed in the Haight Ashbury during the Summer of Love, the Ace of Cups was the first and only all-female rock band on the scene in those heady psychedelic days a half century ago. Read more.
KZSC Interview With Carol Riewe: Denise from the Ace of Cups
The Ace of Cups, one of the first all-women rock bands emerging in the mid-sixties, were at the center of the SF music scene and the summer of love in 1967. Listen here to an interview on the Test of Time with Ace of Cups’ guitarist & bassist Denise Kaufman.
SF All-Female Psychedelic Rock Band Overlooked in Patriarchal ’60s Rises Again
For decades, Ace of Cups was just a curious name that appeared on vintage psychedelic rock posters alongside more familiar names. Read more.
The 1960s All-Female Band Finally Record Their First Album
If you were around in their heyday, the Ace of Cups are already legends. They opened for Jimi Hendrix and were friends with the Grateful Dead. Read more.
KQED: Long-Lost All-Woman Band Releases First Single Since 1967
Ace of Cups' return from obscurity continues with the release of the all-woman rock group's first single since forming more than 50 years ago in San Francisco. Read more.
“The Well,” new Ace of Cups single featuring Bob Weir
Denise hanging at Laughing Tiger studios, working on the Ace of Cups album (guitar solos on Bobby's vintage Gretch and lead vocals to melt your heart on "The Well"—listen here)!
GuitarGirl Magazine: Ace of Cups
The first studio release by the only all-female rock band of the late ‘60s San Francisco scene features contributions from Bob Weir, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, Taj Mahal, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter Coyote, and many more. Read more.