1969 Festivals

1969 Festivals

While the Woodstock Music and Art Fair is the most famous of festivals, few realize that it was one of many during the summer of 1969 and that many of the same Woodstock artists performed at those others. Here are those others. I’ve highlighted the performers who were in Bethel that wonderful August weekend.

 

1969 Festivals

 

aquarian family festival

May 23 – 24, 1969, Aquarian Family Festival, San Jose, CA. (on the San Jose State University football practice field) Performers (likely): The Ace of Cups, All Men Joy, Birth, Beggars Opera, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Boz Scaggs, Chocolate Watchband, Crabs, Crow, Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, Devine Madness, Denver, The Doobie Brothers, Elgin Marble, Flamin' Groovies, Frumious Bandersnatch, Gentle Dance, Greater Carmichael Traveling Street Band, Glass, Mountain, High Country, Jefferson Airplane, Joy of Cooking, Last Mile, Libras, Lamb, Living Color, Linn County, Mother Ball, Morning Glory, Mad River, Mt. Rushmore, Nymbus, Old Davis, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Red Grass, Green Smoke, Rubber Maze,Rising Tide, Rejoice, Sunrise, Sable, Sons of Champlin, Sounds Unlimited Blues Band, Sandy Bull, The Steve Miller Blues Band, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Stoned Fox, South Bay Experimental Flash, Throckmorton, Tree of Life, Weird Herald, Womb, Warren Purcell, and Zephyr Grove
 

northern california folk rock festival

May 23 – 25, 1969: Northern California Folk-Rock Festival (Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA) The poster for was created by rock artist Linda Segul.
Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jefferson Airplane

The Chambers Brothers

Led Zeppelin

Eric Burdon

Spirit

Canned Heat

Buffy Sainte-Marie

The Youngbloods

Steve Miller

Chuck Berry

Muddy Waters

Taj Mahal

Lee Michaels

Blues Image

Santana

Aum

Elvin Bishop

Poco

People!

Lynn County

Loading Zone

Sweet Linda Divine

Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys

Doc Watson & New Lost City Ramblers

Noel Redding

 

big rock

May 23 – 25, 1969: Big Rock Pow Wow (Seminole Indian Village, Hollywood, FL). Performers: Grateful Dead, Joe South, NRBQ, The Nervous System, Jane and the Electric Jive Wire, Rhinoceros, Muddy Waters, Sun Country, Sweetwater, Johnny Winter, Youngbloods, The Echo, and Aum.

detroit rock festival

May 30 – 31, 1969: First Annual Detroit Rock & Roll Revival (Michigan State Fairgrounds)
MC5

Chuck Berry

Sun Ra

Dr John the Night Tripper

Johnny Winter

Psychedelic Stooges

Terry Reid

Amboy Dukes

SRC

Frost

Rationals

Teegarden & Van Winkle

Nyman Woodward

Wilson Mower Pursuit

3rd Power

NY Rock & Roll Ensemble

David Peel

Lower East Side

Red, White, & Blues

Sky-Train

Savage Grace

James Gang

Caste

Gold Bros

Dutch Elm

Up

 

memphis country blues

June 6 – 8, 1969: The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival and the First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert, The poster reads:  The Memphis Sesquicentennial Inc. in conjunction with The Memphis Country Blues Society proudly presents The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival and First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert
          The Festival will officially begin Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7, 1969 with three daytime concerts and two evening concerts all in the Overton Park Shell, culminating with the W.C. Handy Memorial Concert in the Mid-South Coliseum on Sunday June 8th.
          Tickets for the Shell concerts will be available at time of performance only . Tickets for the W.C. Handy concert will be on advance sale at many Memphis locations ($2.50 to $5.00)
         Claude Mabel (artist?)
         Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Backwards Sam Firk,Bukka White,Carla and Rufus Thomas, Insect Trust, Fred McDowell & Johnny Woods, Nathan Beauregard Sun Smith and the Beale Street Five, Elder Lonnie McIntorsch, Sleepy John Estes  Blues Band, Lum Guffin, The World Greatest Jazz Band, Albert King, The Bar-Kays with Toni Mason, Jo-Ann Kelley, Furry Lewis, Slim Harpo, Rev. Robert Wilkins, John Fahey, Southern Fife and Drum Corps, Booker T. and the MGs, Moloch, Casietta George, Sid Selvidge, Soldiers of the Cross, Robert Pete Williams, Rev. Ishmon Bracey, and Wild Child Butler

 

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June 20 – 22, 1969: Newport ‘69 Festival was the 2nd year for the festival, with the first, the Newport Pop Festival being held in Costa Mesa, CA. The 1969 festival was held at Devonshire Downs in Northridge, CA. Attended by an estimated 200,000 fans, the festival 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. Hendrix was the headline act for the Friday night opening, but he played so poorly - supposedly from an LSD-laced drink - that he returned to the stage on Sunday. His Sunday performance with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon, and several others lasted more than two hours.
      Despite a poor sound system, a lack of food, water, and restrooms, and brutal security by the Hells’ Angels, it was deemed a resounding success by the attendees and musicians.
      A week later, Robert Wilkinson, a Los Angeles City Councilman representing Northridge, led the call for immediate inquiries to determine "what can the city do to prevent another disgraceful melee such as occurred outside Devonshire Downs last week." The event's promoter, Mark Robinson, along with his attorney--who happened to be his father, Mark Robinson, Sr.--were hauled into an emergency session of the police commission, as was Robert Deem, the Downs manager, and Captain Al Lembke. The community was outraged, and determined that this sort of debacle wouldn't happen again. Talk of law suits against Valley State College seeking liability for property damage was bandied about, and, eventually, an ordinance was presented to the City Council that sought greater authority to "control such events as the Devonshire Downs Newport '69 Pop Music Festival."
 

 

Friday 20 June

Ike & Tina Turner

Albert King

Edwin Hawkins Singers

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Joe Cocker

Southwind

Spirit

Taj Mahal

Saturday 21 June

Albert Collins

Brenton Wood

Buffy Ste. Marie

Charity

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Eric Burdon

Friends of Distinction

Jethro Tull

Lee Michaels

Love

Steppenwolf

Sweetwater

Sunday 22 June

Booker T & the MGs

Chambers Brothers

Flock

The Grass Roots

Johnny Winter

Marvin Gaye

Mother Earth

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Buddy Miles

Eric Burdon

Mother Earth

Poco

The Byrds

The Rascals

Three Dog Night

 

 

toronto pop

June 21 – 22, 1969 – Toronto Pop Festival (Varsity Stadium):

Saturday 21 June

Eric Anderson

Carla Thomas & the Barkays

Man

Al Kooper

The Band

Bonzo Dog Band

Rotary Connection

Johnny Winter

Velvet Underground

Sly & the Family Stone

Sunday 22 June

Mother Lode

Procol Harum

Edwin Starr

Chuck Berry

Slim Harpo

Tiny Tim

Dr John the Night Tripper

Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Nucleus

Robert Charlebois

Steppenwolf

 

denver pop

June 27 – 29, 1969: Denver Pop Festival (Mile High Stadium). From Wikipedia: 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.
                It was fortunate that the fence that had been erected to keep the crowd from the field was torn down by the crowd on Friday night. On Friday night Iron Butterfly "encouraged" the crowd to bring down the fence - which they did. If the fence had been up on Saturday there may have been injuries with the crush of people that would have likely occurred with people trying to get out of the stands onto the field to get away from the tear gas. Announcer Chip Monck should be credited with calming the crowd that day as the tear gas came into the stadium. With his amazing voice he instructed the crowd to stay calm - to cover their faces with whatever they had (like a jacket or t-shirt) - etc. Chip Monck was also the announcer at Woodstock - you can hear him in the movie Woodstock.
                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". The people from outside the stadium were let in and took seats in the South Stands of the old Mile High Stadium.

 

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 (with Tommy Bolin)

Rev. Cleophus Robinson

Joe Cocker

Three Dog Night

Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

bath festival

June 28, 1969: Bath Festival of Blues held at the Bath Pavilion Recreational Ground in Bath, Somerset, England with DJ John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. The festival proved very popular, selling out all 30,000 tickets in the first week, surprising both the townsfolk and the promoters. The only major problem occurred when the Nice's use of bagpipers caused the stage to collapse. This is often considered the first modern 'rock' festival in Britain.
Fleetwood Mac

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Ten Years After

Led Zeppelin

The Nice

Chicken Shack

Jon Hiseman’s Colosseum

Mick Abrahams’ Blodwyn Pig

Keef Hartley

Group Therapy

Taste

Savoy Brown Blues Band

Champion Jack Dupree

Clouds

Babylon

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre

Deep Blues Band

Just Before Dawn

Liverpool Scene

newport jazz

July 3 – 6, 1969, Newport Jazz Festival: the festival's 1969 program was an experiment in fusing jazz, soul and rock music and audiences. Its lineup included, besides jazz, Friday evening appearances by rock groups Jeff Beck, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ten Years After, and Jethro Tull. Saturday's schedule mixed jazz acts such as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck with others including John Mayall and Sly & the Family Stone. James Brown was among those who appeared Sunday afternoon, followed in the evening by Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, B. B. King, and Led Zeppelin.
According to the NYT, on July 6 “The Newport Jazz Festival was invaded...by several hundred young people who broke down a section of the 10-foot wooden fence surrounding Festival Field and engaged in a rock throwing battle with security guards.”  NYT Newport Jazz report

 

atlanta pop

July 4 – 5, 1969, Atlanta International Pop Festival. (Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA).
Chuck Berry

Al Kooper

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Booker T & the MGs

Canned Heat

Chicago Transit Authority

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Dave Brubeck

Delaney, Bonnie & Friends

Ian & Sylvia

Grand Funk

Janis Joplin

Johnny Winter

Led Zeppelin

Pacific Gas & Electric

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Johnny Rivers

Spirit

Sweetwater

Ten Wheel Drive

 

Saugatuck pop

July 4  - 5, 1969: Saugatuck Pop Festival (Pottawattamie Beach, Saugatuck, MI).
MC5

SRC

Procol Harum

Muddy Waters

John Lee Hooker

Amboy Dukes

Rotary Connection

Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Bob Seger,

Frost

The Stooges

Big Mama Thornton

 

laurel-pop-poster

laurel-picJuly 11 – 12, 1969: Laurel Pop Festival (Laurel Race Course, Laurel, MD) From the Baltimore Sun: Lost in the smoky haze of 1960s history is The Laurel Pop Festival held in July 1969, which was attended by 15,000 fans and offered an incredible lineup of some of the biggest pop performers of the year. Held just one month before Woodstock, The Laurel Pop Festival ended in controversy as rain-soaked fans built bonfires with wooden folding chairs and refused to leave as the concert dragged on into the early morning.

July 12

Jeff Beck

Ten Years After

Sly and the Family Stone

Mothers of Invention

Savoy Brown

Guess Who

July 11

Al Kooper

Jethro Tull

Johnny Winter

Edwin Hawkins Singers

Led Zeppelin

Buddy Guy

 

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July 12, 1969, beginning on July 12 and running on Saturdays during July and August, the 1969 Forest Hills Music Festival (Queens, NYC) featured a variety of performers including Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, Blood Sweat and Tears,  and Johnny Winter. 

1969-07-28 NYT Johnny Winter

woodstock
…in the meantime, news from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

 

seattle pop

July 25 – 27, 1969: Seattle Pop Festival (Woodinville, WA) The Doors were billed as the headliner for the third day. After The Doors played, Led Zeppelin came on. When the festival was first being put together,Led  Zeppelin was still gaining momentum. According to the sources, Led Zeppelin stole the show. It was the only time The Doors and Led Zeppelin were on the same bill.

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Chuck Berry

Black Snake

Tim Buckley

The Byrds

Chicago Transit Authority

Albert Collins

Crome Syrcus

Bo Diddley

The Doors

Floating Bridge

The Flock

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Guess Who

 

It’s A Beautiful Day

Led Zeppelin

Charles Lloyd

Lonnie Mack

Lee Michaels

Rockin Fu

Murray Roman

Santana

Spirit

Ten Years After

Ike & Tina Turner

Vanilla Fudge

Alice Cooper

The Youngbloods

 

midwest_rockfest_769

July 25 – 29, 1969: Midwest Rock Festival (State Fair Park, Milwaukee, WI) total attendance of about 45,000. The scheduled list of bands was even longer than the number that actually played - Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck and the Bob Seger System were scheduled on Sunday, but rain canceled many of that day's performances.

 

Friday July 25

Led Zeppelin

Buffy Sainte Marie

First Edition

Sweetwater

Pacific Gas & Electric

SRC

Shag

Saturday July 26

Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, & Rick Grech)

John Mayall

Delany & Bonnie and Friends

Shag

Taste

MC5

SRC

Sunday July 27

Jeff Beck

Johnny Winter

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band

Jethro Tull

Bob Seger System

Jim Schwall Blues Period

MC5

Zephyr

Shag

LItter

SRC

 

atlantic city pop

August 1 – 3, 1969: Atlantic City (NJ) Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City Race Track. Approximately 100,000 people were there.  Biff Rose was the master of ceremonies. Rose filled in for Joni Mitchell when she started to cry and ran off stage in the middle of her 3rd song because the crowd was not paying attention to her performance. It seems she was placed in the rotation directly after Mother Earth featuring Tracy Nelson and the crowd wasn't ready to hear her mild act. Crosby, Stills & Nash were originally on the lineup but ended up as a no-show, Nash supposedly had polyps on tonsils (but sang at Woodstock two weeks later). The Chambers Brothers were a last-minute substitute. The Moody Blues were scheduled but weren't there. Johnny Winter was present but did not perform as his equipment did not show up in time.
Friday 1 August:

Biff Rose, MC

Aum

Lothar and the Hand People

Booker T. & The M.G.s

Chicago Transit Authority

Crosby, Stills & Nash*

Iron Butterfly

Johnny Winter*

Joni Mitchell*

Procol Harum

Santana Blues Band

The Chambers Brothers*

Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth

Saturday 2 August:

American Dream

BB King

Butterfield Blues Band

The Byrds

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hugh Masekela

Jefferson Airplane

Lighthouse

Cass Elliot

Tim Buckley

Sunday 3 August:

Buddy Rich

Canned Heat

Buddy Miles

Dr. John

Janis Joplin

Joe Cocker

Little Richard

Sir Douglas Quintet

The Mothers Of Invention

Three Dog Night

 

August 15, 16, 17, & 18

Woodstock Music & Art Fair

for its full story, click  →  The Road to Bethel and the Woodstock Music & Art Fair

isle-of-wight-69-poster

August 30 - 31, 1969: Isle of Wight Festival: attracted an audience of approximately 150,000. It became a legendary event largely owing to the participation of Bob Dylan who had spent the previous three years in semi-retirement following a motorcycle accident. 
Saturday 30 August

 

The Who

Moody Blues

Fat Mattress

Joe Cocker

Bonzo Dog Band

Family

Free

Pretty Things

Marsha Hunt & White Trash

Battered Ornaments

Aynsley Dunbar

Retaliation

Blodwyn Pig

Gypsy

Blonde on Blonde

Edgar Broughton Band

King Crimson

Sunday 31 August

 

Bob Dylan & The Band

Richie Havens

TomPaxton

Pentangle

Julie Felix

Gary Farr

Liverpool Scene

Indo Jazz Fusions

Third Ear Band

 

TexasIPF

August 30 – September 1, 1969 [Labor Day weekend] Texas International Pop Festival, Lewisville, TX. Attendance at the festival remains unknown, but is estimated between 120,000 and 150,000.
Saturday, Aug 30

Grand Funk Railroad

Canned Heat

Chicago Transit Authority

James Cotton Blues Band

Janis Joplin

B.B. King

Herbie Mann

Rotary Connection

Sam & Dave

Sunday, Aug 31

Grand Funk Railroad

Chicago Transit Authority

James Cotton Blues Band

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends

Incredible String Band

B.B. King

Led Zeppelin

Herbie Mann

Sam & Dave

Santana

Monday, Sept 1

Grand Funk Railroad

Johnny Winter

Delaney & Bonnie & Friends

B.B. King

Nazz

Sly and the Family Stone

Spirit

Sweetwater

Ten Years After

Tony Joe White

new orleans

August 31 -  September 1, 1969: New Orleans Pop Festival, (Prairieville, LA) Performers: White Fox, Snowrabbit, Deacon John and the Electric Soul Train, Whizbang, Axis, Sweetwater, Lee Michaels, Oliver, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, Spiral Staircase, It's A Beautiful Day, Country Joe and the Fish, Byrds, Youngbloods, Canned Heat, Pot Liquor, Chicago (Transit Authority), Tyrannosaurus Rex, Santana, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin.

toronto rock and roll

September 13, 1969: The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival (Varsity Stadium, at the University of Toronto) over 20,000 attended. The appearance of John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band was not publicly known in advance. It was Lennon's first-ever public rock performance without one or more of the Beatles since meeting Paul McCartney in 1957. He decided before returning to England to leave the Beatles permanently.
  • Whiskey Howl
  • Bo Diddley
  • Chicago
  • Junior Walker and the All Stars
  • Tony Joe White
  • Alice Cooper
  • Chuck Berry
  • Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Gene Vincent
  • Little Richard
  • Doug Kershaw
  • The Doors
  • John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band w Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White

 

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September 13 – 14, 1969: Sixth Big Sur Folk Festival. Made into a movie: Celebration at Big Sur.

Featuring:

  • Joan Baez
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • John Sebastian
  • Johanna Demetrakas
  • Dorothy Morrison & the Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • Mimi Fariña
  • Julie Payne
  • Ruthann Friedman
  • Carol Ann Cisneros
  • The Comb Sisters
  • Chris Ethridge
  • Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Struggle Mountain Resistance Band

 

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November 6 - 8, 1969, Raccoon Creek Rock Festival: Livingston Gym, Denison University (Granville, OH). The Who. The Spirit and Johnny Winter. Supporting acts: Owen B, The Dust

 

 

1969 Festivals

November 28 – 30, 1969: Palm Beach Pop Festival:    (Thanksgiving weekend). From a 2009 Palm Beach Post article:

Then-Palm Beach County Sheriff Bill Heidtman vowed to make life miserable for the free-loving, pot-smoking, anti-establishment youngsters who were coming to the Palm Beach Pop Festival. He threatened to herd alligators toward the crowd, gathered on a grassy field at the Palm Beach International Raceway. And he promised to dig out fire ant colonies and relocate them at the venue.

The Festival was at a drag strip outside of West Palm Beach. Among others, Grand Funk played three nights also. The show featured Iron Butterfly, King Crimson (Robin Fripp and Greg Lake), Jefferson Airplane, Rotary Connection (Minnie Ripperton), PG&E, Rolling Stones, Vanilla Fudge, Janis Joplin and Her Full Tilt Boogie Band, Johnny Winters, and others.

On the third night, Winters played, then Vanilla Fudge played followed by Janis Joplin. Afterwards, the announcer said, Johnny wants it, Janis wants it, and the Fudge wants one. All three bands came out on stage and jammed. Winters jammed with the guitar players and scatted with Janis.

Wavy Gravy was there in his WW2 pilot helmet or whatever it was, guiding a car backwards trying to help them and backed them into the pond. We’d like to think he knew it was the police in an unmarked car and put them in the pond on purpose since we know he didn’t do drugs.

 

 

1969 FestivalsDecember 6, 1969: Altamont Free Concert: (at the Altamont Speedway in northern California, between Tracy and Livermore) headlined and organized by The Rolling Stones, it also featured, in order of appearance: Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, with the Rolling Stones taking the stage as the final act. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform, but declined to play shortly before their scheduled appearance due to the increasing violence at the venue.

 

1969 Festivals

December 27 – 29, 1969, Miami Rock Festival, among the bands playing were: BB King, The Band, Santana, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Johnny Winter, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Sweetwater, Vanilla Fudge, Hugh Masakela, Amboy Dukes, The Turtles, Biff Rose, Tony Joe White, and Celebration.

 

…and finally, the last festival of the 1960s. Well not really because it didn’t happen. But Johnny Winters would have played (AGAIN) that year!

 

 

1969 Festivals

December 27 – 29, 1969, Mid Winter Pop Festival, Blythe, California. The show never happened, but was supposed to have: Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Brooklyn Bridge, Neil Diamond, and Johnny Winters.1969 Festivals

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