Marsha and the Esquires were an early 1960s dance band known for their extensive list of cover tunes and charismatic lead singer. They were managed by future mayor Roger Hedgecock, who frequently got them bookings at dances through promoter James Pagni, San Diego’s major concert promoter since 1961. The band opened the Doors twice in 1967: 7-8-67 at Balboa Bowl and 11-4-67 at Community Concourse, as well as opening for Jefferson Airplane 9-1-67 at the Convention Center.
The group later tried to join the psychedelic rock scene with a new name, the Marshmellow Rug. They were listed on the bill when the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at Balboa Stadium on September 3, 1968, though it appears they didn't perform that day.