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Concert 10 Music Festival July 8 & 9 1972

July 8, 2010

Concert 10 was a rock concert at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on July 8 and 9 of 1972. The event attracted an estimated 200,000 people who were met with cold inclement weather, replete with rain and mud. The general atmosphere of the concert was compared to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Concert 10 represented a successful revival of the American summer rock festival after the repeated failure of U.S. festivals during the previous two years.

Concert production was handled by Concert 10, Inc. First time concert producers Irving Reiss, vice president of the Candygram Company, and attorney George Charak put US$250,000 in escrow to avoid problems paying the artists faced by previous festivals. 66 people were hired from Bill Graham’s road crew in Dallas to maintain the sound reinforcement system. 300 security people backed by University karate clubs maintained order, and the raceway’s hospital was staffed by six physicians and eight nurses. 65 people from the Lackawanna County Drug Council were on site to handle adverse drug reactions (bad trips) from recreational drug users. The concert was promoted with radio commercials on rock music radio stations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Concert ticket prices were set at US$11, with 90,000 tickets sold in advance of the show.

The July 8th concert was scheduled from 1-11 p.m. but due to intermittent weather-related delays, ended at 8:45 a.m. on July 9th

Performers

Black Sabbath and Badfinger were scheduled to appear, but canceled. According to Don Heckman of the New York Times, Edgar Winter’s band received the greatest reaction from the audience, with long, bluesy rock jams like “Tobacco Road”.

July 8

* Mother Night – 1:00 p.m.
* Claire Hamill
* The Groundhogs
* Ramatam (with Mitch Mitchell) – 6:00 p.m.
* Bull Angus
* Cactus
* Edgar Winter – 10:00 p.m.

July 9

* Emerson, Lake & Palmer – 4:00 a.m.
* Faces with Rod Stewart – 5:00 a.m.
* Humble Pie
* The J. Geils Band
* Three Dog Night – 7:40 a.m.

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Denver Pop Festival June 27 – 29, 1969

June 27, 2010

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

The Denver Pop Festival was a three-day music festival promoted by rock promoter Barry Fey (Feyline) on June 27-June 29, 1969 which was largely overshadowed by Woodstock two months later. Unlike the free-form happening in upstate New York, the Denver festival had the full support and local resources of a major city, taking place in Denver Mile High Stadium. There were high expectations for the Festival; it was commonly called the “First Annual” Denver Pop Festival. The peak attendance was estimated at 50,000.

Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Denver officials actually cooperated to a remarkable degree with Fey in the latter’s preparations for the upcoming three-day festival, which was anticipated to draw a large influx of young people from out-of-town. The city provided a campground at West Sixth Avenue and Federal Boulevard, where the Metro Denver Urban Coalition arranged for water trucks and portable toilets. The campground even ran shuttles to the downtown festival site at Mile High Stadium, home to the Denver Broncos football team.

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Sixteen bands were scheduled to play. The Jimi Hendrix Experience would top the bill on the festival’s third and final day. More than 10,000 fans were expected each day. Bill Hanley of ‘Monterey’ and ‘Miami Pop’ festival fame would take charge of the sound system, while Chip Monck (later of Woodstock fame) would MC the Denver festival. Tickets were priced at $6 per night or $15 for all three nights. Fortunately, Denver’s weather cooperated for the outdoor festival. Yet the unprecedented scale of the event, and forces loose in America’s streets, seemed to conspire against a smooth operation. As Leslie Gorham Haseman recently put it: “It was peace, love, dove, until ’69.”

Alan Cunningham of the Rocky Mountain News wrote that “Denver’s ‘first annual’ Pop Festival blasted off into a three-day orbit of screaming and wildly vibrating animal sounds Friday night before more than 8,000 outlandishly clad and thoroughly delighted young fans.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival

CCR, Credence Clearwater Revival, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Just how thoroughly delighted were the young fans?

“A 19-year-old Denver youth sitting in the stands got so carried away with it all that he stripped to near-nothingness. As the crowd cheered his emancipation, two unsmiling police officers cut his evening short by escorting him outside. Police.. .said he was later charged with indecent exposure [and] said he told them he had ‘just conquered the world’ by taking his clothes off.”

Zephyr, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Reported Jim Fouratt in Rolling Stone: “Outside, however, the one petty incident needed to rile the protectors happened: A flying bottle hit a cop’s helmet; a chase resulted in the arrest of a zonked-out black dressed in an orange jump suit; sirens blared while the P.A. system played ‘Street Fighting Man’ on stage, and the scene was set for Saturday.”

Zephyr onstage at the Denver Pop Festival June 1969

Zephyr, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Herbie Worthington: “I don’t remember what we did that afternoon; we’d just hang out and talk… I was down the hotel lobby and these girls walked up to me, out of nowhere, and they just said, ‘Could you introduce us to Jimi Hendrix?’ And I said, ‘No. I don’t know him.’ I went back to Jimi’s room and I said, ‘Jimi, there’s these girls down there that were asking about you.’ And he said, ‘Where are they?’ And I said, ‘I told them I don’t know you.’ Jimi went like: ‘Oh man!’”
In the meantime, far more serious matters were about to unfold. Noel Redding remembered in his book Are You Experienced? that someone asked him in Denver if he was still with the band -”It did my head in. I was uneasy enough about our future, but this rumor just blew me away”.

Noel Redding playing live at the Denver Pop Festival 1969

Noel Redding, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969, Jimi Hendrix

Noel Redding, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Frank Zappa is credited by some with inventing the audience wave during his set. He actually selected sections of the stadium (audience) to each make different odd sounds and gestures. He then composed a “tune” on his “crowd instrument”.

Frank Zappa, Mothers, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Throughout much of the festival, a crowd gathered outside the venue and demonstrated against having to pay to hear the acts. They also tried to breach the gates and security fences. The Denver Police were forced to employ riot tactics to protect the gates.

On the second day the battle between gatecrashers outside the stadium and the police suddenly affected those inside. With a combination of shifting wind and re-thrown canisters, tear gas suddenly swept over the crowd. The seats emptied into the concourses and onto the field.

Frank Zappa, Mothers, Denver Pop Festival June 27 - 29, 1969

Ticket prices were $6 per day, or $15 for all three days (Fri, Sat, Sun). On Sunday, after all possible tickets had been sold, the promoter announced from the stage that he was declaring it a “free festival”.

Performers At The Denver Pop Festival June 27-29 1969

June 27

* Big Mama Thornton
* The Flock
* Three Dog Night
* Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
* Iron Butterfly

June 28

* Aeorta
* Zephyr (with Tommy Bolin)
* Poco
* Johnny Winter
* Tim Buckley
* Creedence Clearwater Revival

June 29

* Aum
* Zephyr
* Rev. Cleophus Robinson
* Joe Cocker
* Three Dog Night
* The Jimi Hendrix Experience (final performance together)

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The Newport 69 Pop Festival, June 20-22, 1969

June 22, 2010

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Attended by 150,000 fans, it was the largest pop concert up to that time and is considered the more famous of the two Newport Pop Festivals, possibly because of the appearance of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which got top billing at the venue.[4] Devonshire Downs was a racetrack at that time but now is part of the North Campus for California State University at Northridge.

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

The Newport Pop Festival was originally billed as “Newport 69,” and was held over the three-day weekend of June 20-22, 1969 in Northridge, California at Devonshire Downs. In published writings over the last 40 years, this latter event has been referred to as the “Newport 69 Pop Festival,” the “Newport Pop Festival 1969″ and simply the “Newport Pop Festival.” Subsequently, much confusion has been created over the years between the 1968 and 1969 events. Some of this confusion was generated by the participating musicians themselves who, later, in their interviews, kept getting the two events mixed up.

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Though the latter event was organized by a different set of concert promoters and had no connection what so ever to Newport Beach, it is believed that the 1969 Festival was intended to be the spiritual successor to the Orange County event, hoping to capitalize on the brand name and market momentum generated by the 1968 festival. Unfortunately, this move of venue was necessary because the 1968 event had fallen in disfavor with the local community leaders. Three days after the 1968 event, the Costa Mesa City Council vowed to prevent a Newport Pop Festival encore. “To say that we would not like it back here would be the understatement of the year,” Costa Mesa Mayor Alvin Pinkley was quoted as saying.

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Friday, June 20, 1969

Albert King, Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joe Cocker, Southwind, Spirit and Taj Mahal.

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Jimi Hendrix, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Saturday, June 21, 1969

Albert Collins, Brenton Wood, Buffy Ste. Marie, Charity, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Burdon, Friends of Distinction, Jethro Tull, Lee Michaels, Love, Steppenwolf and Sweetwater.

Jimi Hendrix & Buddy Miles On Stage

Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Sunday, June 22, 1969

Booker T & the MGs, Chambers Brothers, Flock, Grass Roots, Johnny Winter, Marvin Gaye, Mother Earth, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Mother Earth, Eric Burdon (jam), Poco (formerly Pogo), The Byrds, The Rascals and Three Dog Night .

Eric Burden On Stage

Eric Burden, Newport 69 Festival, Newport Pop Festival 1969

Video Of Jimi Hendrix Playing at Newport 69

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The Celebration of Life Festival – June 21-28, 1971

June 21, 2010

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival took place on June 21-28, 1971 in Cypress Pointe Plantation, McCrea, Louisana. It has been estimated that 50,000 attended this music festival. Little information on this festival can be found on the internet but I did some exploring and this is what I came up with. The following info is taken from a Time Magazine article printed on 07-12-71

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

It was billed as a “celebration of life,” but the Louisiana rock festival near the town of McCrea may have marked the end of what began at Woodstock as a beatific American experience and deteriorated into something violent at Altamont and vapid at Powder Ridge. Last week’s festival, which lasted only four days instead of the announced eight, was an American nightmare. To begin with, the festival was postponed for three days while the promoters wallowed in legal mire. The kids amused themselves by making human mud pies and bathing in the nude. Two youths drowned in the fast-rushing Atchafalaya River. State undercover narcotics agents circulated in the crowd and made more than 100 busts. One youth died in a hospital tent from a drug overdose. Meanwhile, dazed with blistering heat, and stultifying humidity, the estimated 50,000 youths who gathered to see Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian were also choked by dust. For the Woodstock Nation, McCrea was a bleak experience of mud, sweat and tears.

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Hippie Forum Members had this to say about the festival.

I remember that there was a lot of no shows for bands. The only way to get food was to hike about a half of mile to a country store. Only three or four people were allowed in the store at one time. – LaMojo

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

Some memories are Watching a simultaneous fireworks display and heat lightning show on the opposite horizon. It was hard to know which way to look. Seeing a French girl pee standing up like a guy. Camping in the rain – There was a fierce storm one night. – bobbyc

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

I remember guys in rental trucks selling drugs out of the back and then throwing free candy to the crowd. Some great Thai and shrooms. -fusion23

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

Just stayed outside and partied on the levee, that’s where the action was. The little country store was cleaned out. People ran out of food. You could get any drugs you wanted for a can of beans. It rained every day at 4:00 PM. State troopers just said hello to naked people smoking pot. It was originally supposed to last 8 days. It would have dwarfed Woodstock, but the legal injunctions screwed it all up. – aoxo

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

“Celebration of Life”, unfortunately, didn’t have the “magic” of an Atlanta or a Woodstock. Some good, but, as an example, I’ll never forget Ted Nugent coming on around 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning (think it was the last day. At least, for us it was.) Ted was screaming, cussin’ everyone for being asleep. “Get out of those “GOD….” sleeping bags. Your gonna’ listen to Ted “F…in” Nugent. GET UP!” Had his amp turned up so loud that the electric lines would hum every time he hit a chord.

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

I remember bands starting to play when they sun went down and most of the night. I can’t recall who played but we loved it all. At one point we got hungry and the food vendors had the prices so high a mini riot broke out and we tore down the fences and people starting throwing out the vendors food to the crowds, it was great. Finally they opened the gates and people starting flooding in. – Greg0711

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

List Of Performers

Amboy Dukes
BB King
Bloodrock
Allman Brothers
Canned Heat
Chambers Brothers
Chuck Berry
Country Joe McDonald
Flying Burrito Brothers
Ike & Tina Turner
It’s A Beautiful Day
John Sebastian
John Lee Hooker
Pink Floyd
Richie Havens
Roland Kirk
Taj Mahal
Stoneground
War

You can watch some video footage of The Celebration of Life Festival at the following youTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBtSyVC3VT4

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

The Celebration of Life Festival, June 21 1971, McCrea Louisana, Rock Music Festival

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Monterey International Pop Festival 1967 Feature

June 16, 2010

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

June 10, 2010

The Doors Playing On Stage

The Doors, Jim Morrison, Music Festival 1967

Jim Morrison Up Close

The Doors, Jim Morrison, Music Festival 1967

On June 10 and 11th, 1967, the KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival was held at the 4,000 seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater high on the South face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, CA. Over 15,000 people attended. This was the first of several cultural events that came to be known collectively as The Summer of Love.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

Admission to the festival was $2.00 and all proceeds were donated to the nearby Hunters Point Child Care Center in San Francisco. Note: The Fantasy Fair was originally scheduled for June 3 and 4 as a benefit for the Hunters Point Child Care Center, but was delayed by inclement weather. Several acts booked for the original dates were unable to perform.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

KFRC 610, the RKO Bill Drake “Boss Radio” Top 40 AM station in San Francisco, had enough clout to book a wide array of counter-culture and commercial bands. This enabled the festival to present a colorful and eclectic line-up of popular acts most of which were simultaneously receiving air-time on open-ended AM and FM stations in major American cities.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

Canned Heat, Every Mother’s Son, The Merry-Go-Round, The Mojo Men, The 5th Dimension, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Seeds, The Blues Magoos, Country Joe and The Fish, The Byrds with Hugh Masakela on trumpet, Wilson Pickett, Moby Grape, Tim Hardin, Sparrow, The Grass Roots and The Loading Zone were a few acts that played alongside more established bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and Captain Beefheart. It is possible that this was the Doors’ first large show, and in any case, this show happened coincidentally with the rise of “Light My Fire”, the group’s first major hit, to the top of the charts.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

The poster for the event was designed by artist Stanley Mouse then gaining acclaim for poster-art created for Bill Graham (promoter), The Fillmore West Theater and The Grateful Dead. There were other event posters as well.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

After enjoying a scenic ride up the mountain from embarkation points at the Marin County Civic Center, Mill Valley and other locations, a giant Buddha balloon greeted attendees when they arrived at the amphitheater. Transportation was provided by tongue-in-cheek-named “Trans-Love Bus Lines.” Performances were on a main stage and a smaller second stage. Various art-fair type vendors sold posters, crafts and refreshments from booths scattered in the woods around the amphitheater. The festival included a large geodesic dome of pipes and fittings covered with white plastic that contained a light and sound show.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival
In a foreshadowing of dark events to come at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert, this festival was rumored to be the first to employ Hells Angels members as security guards. Actually, Jefferson Airplane asked the Hell’s Angels to escort them from San Francisco to the venue, which they did without incident. The Hell’s Angels did not provide security for the event.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

Alec Palao wrote of the fair in Cream Puff War #1: “The dichotomy in Bay Area music was never so evident, as the self-proclaimed “adult” scene separated itself from the “teen/pop” scenes.” Paradoxically, Greg Shaw recalls that there was not really a large gap splitting the radio preferences of the teens and the hip until Tom Donohue’s free-form KMPX fully flowered in the fall of ’67. “Being a KFRC event, it probably attracted some younger fans who wouldn’t have minded [Every Mother's Son], with the older hippies coming for their own reasons, if only a groovy day out in the sun.” A review of the bands that played indicates that most were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the Psychedelic scene at the time. It wasn’t a teenie-bopper event.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was remarkably mellow. There were no fights or disturbances, and at the end of the day, all trash was placed in or next to the garbage cans provided, and the crowd left the Mount Tamalpias as they found it.

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

While the highly documented Monterey International Pop Festival continues to be remembered as the seminal event of the 1967 Summer of Love, the KFRC Festival took place one week before and was, by all accounts, the first Rock and Roll Festival in history, although not the first Electronic Music Festival

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival 1967

Saturday, June 10

* The 5th Dimension
* Dionne Warwick
* Canned Heat
* Jim Kweskin Jug Band
* Moby Grape
* 13th Floor Elevators
* Spanky and Our Gang
* Roger Collins
* Blackburn & Snow
* The Sparrow
* Every Mother’s Son
* Kaleidoscope (US band)
* The Chocolate Watchband
* The Mojo Men
* The Merry-Go-Round
* The Doors

Sunday, June 11

* Jefferson Airplane
* The Byrds
* P.F. Sloan
* The Seeds
* The Grass Roots
* The Loading Zone
* Tim Buckley
* Every Mother’s Son
* Hugh Masekela
* Steve Miller Blues Band
* Country Joe & the Fish
* Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
* Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band
* The Sons of Champlin
* The Lamp of Childhood
* The Mystery Trend
* Penny Nichols
* The Merry-Go-Round
* New Salvation Army Band

KFRC Fantasy Fair & Magic Mountain Music Festival

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