Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One

Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One

Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One


While the Woodstock Music and Art Fair is the most famous of music festivals, few realize that it was just one of dozens in 1969 and that many of the same Woodstock artists performed at those others.

Here are the ones I’ve found. I’ve done a separate blog entries for most of these and if so the festival title is a link you can find out more with.

♥  #1  

Palm Springs Pop Festival

April 1 & 3, 1969

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Palm Springs Drive-In Theatre
  • MC, KMET’s B Mitchell Reed
  • Jeff Beck (billed but didn’t appear)
  • Moby Grape (billed but didn’t appear)
  • Procol Harum (replacement for above)
  • Flying Burrito Brothers (replacement for above)
  • Gram Pasons
  • Timothy Leary
  • John Mayall
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Lee Michaels
  • Hard Luck Boy
and
Palm Springs Angel Baseball Stadium

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  • Ike and Tina Turner Revue
  • Savoy Brown
  • Buddy Miles Express
  • Canned Heat
♥  #2  
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LA Free Press Festival

April 20, 1969
Venice, California

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The line-up was likely Spirit, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Taj Mahal, interspersed with anti-war speeches.

♥  #3  
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Aquarian Family Festival, San Jose, CA
May 23 – 24, 1969

San Jose State University football practice field

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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.

♥  #4  
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Northern California Folk-Rock Festival
May 23 – 25, 1969
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA

northern california folk rock festival

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
♥  #5  
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Big Rock Pow Wow

May 23 – 25, 1969

Seminole Indian Village, Hollywood, FL

big rock

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.

♥  #6  
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First Annual Detroit Rock & Roll Revival

May 30 – 31, 1969

Michigan State Fairgrounds

detroit rock festival

  • 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
♥  #7  
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Mississippi River Festival

June — July 1969

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

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Date Performer Notes Paid attendance
6/23 Buffy Sainte-Marie 2268
6/24 Modern Jazz Quartet The Galactic Vision projected a light show on a screen behind MJQ 1542
6/26 Paul Butterfield Blues Band High winds forced lawn guests to seek shelter 3449
7/1 Janis Joplin na
Aorta
7/7 Arlo Guthrie The National Educational Television Network recorded the concert. 3753
Joni Mitchell
7/10 Iron Butterfly 12,735
Blues Image
7/14 The Band Bob Dylan came out for the Band’s encore and played four songs with them. This was his first public performance since his July 29,1966 motorcycle accident 4082
7/17 Ian and Sylvia They called their band the Great Speckled Bird 2487
7/21 New Christy Minstrels 5711
7/22 Richie Havens 2753
Eddie Fisher Trio The EFT was an East St Louis jazz band
7/23 Joan Baez 11,052
♥  #8  
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The Fourth Annual Memphis Country Blues Festival

and the

First Annual W.C. Handy Memorial Concert

June 6 – 8, 1969

memphis country blues

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

♥  #9  
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Newport ‘69 Festival

June 20 – 22, 1969

Devonshire Downs, Northridge, CA

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This was the 2nd year for the festival, with the first, the Newport Pop Festival, had been held in Costa Mesa, 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, who got top billing. 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.”

Fri 20 June

  • Ike & Tina Turner
  • Albert King
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Joe Cocker
  • Southwind
  • Spirit
  • Taj Mahal

Sat 21 June

Sun 22 June

♥  #10  
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Toronto Pop Festival

June 21 – 22, 1969
Varsity Stadium

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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
♥  #11  
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Denver Pop Festival

June 27 – 29, 1969
Mile High Stadium

denver pop

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
♥  #12  
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Bath Festival of Blues

June 28, 1969
Bath Pavilion Recreational Ground in Bath, Somerset, England

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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
♥  #13  
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Newport Jazz Festival

July 3 – 6, 1969
Newport, RI
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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.

♥  #14  
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Saugatuck Pop Festival

July 4 – 5
Pottawattamie Beach, Saugatuck, MI

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  • 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
♥  #15  
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Atlanta International Pop Festival

July 4 – 5, 1969
Atlanta International Raceway, Hampton, GA

atlanta pop

  • 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
♥  #16  
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Bullfrog Lake Music Festival

July 4, 5, and 6, 1969
Estacada, Oregon

Bullfrog Lake Music Festival

 ♥  #17  
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Spectrum Summer Music Festival

July 5 and July 11 -12
Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA

1969 Spectrum Summer Music Festival

♥  #18  
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Laurel Pop Festival

July 11 – 12, 1969
Laurel Race Course, Laurel, MD

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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
♥  #19  
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1969 Forest Hills Music Festival

July – August 1969
Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens, NYForty 1969 Festivals Plus One

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]

Meanwhile…

..news from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

woodstock

♥  #20  
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Newport Folk Festival

July 16 – 20
Newport, RI
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Seattle Pop Festival

July 25 – 27, 1969
Woodinville, WA

seattle pop

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
♥  #22  
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Midwest Rock Festival

July 25 – 29, 1969
State Fair Park, Milwaukee, WI
midwest_rockfest_769

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.

Fri 25 July

  • Led Zeppelin
  • Buffy Sainte Marie
  • First Edition
  • Sweetwater
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • SRC
  • Shag
Sat 26 July

  • Blind Faith 
  • John Mayall
  • Delany & Bonnie and Friends
  • Shag
  • Taste
  • MC5
  • SRC
Sun 27 July

  • Jeff Beck
  • Johnny Winter
  • Joe Cocker and the Grease Band
  • Jethro Tull
  • Bob Seger System
  • Jim Schwall Blues Period
  • MC5
  • Zephyr
  • Shag
  • LItter
  • SRC
♥  #23  
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Atlantic City (NJ) Pop Festival

August 1 – 3, 1969

Atlantic City Race Track.

atlantic city pop

Approximately 100,000 people attended.  Biff Rose MC’d. 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

Sun 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
♥  #24  
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Wonderland Pop Festival

August 13 – 14
Wonderland Gardens, London, Canada

Wonderland Pop Festival

♥  THE PLUS ONE 

Woodstock Music & Art Fair

August 15, 16, 17, & 18
Bethel, NY

Complete list of performers and set lists
♥  #25  
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Bullfrog 3 Festival

August 21, 22, and 23
Pelletier Farm, St Helens, OR
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Vancouver Pop Festival

August 22, 23, and 24
Squamish, British Columbia

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Isle of Wight Festival
August 30 – 31, 1969
Wootton, Isle of Wight

isle-of-wight-69-poster

The festival attracted 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
♥  #28  
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Texas International Pop Festival

August 30 – September 1, 1969 [Labor Day weekend]
Lewisville, TX

TexasIPF

Attendance at the festival remains unknown, but is estimated between 120,000 and 150,000.

Sat 30 Aug

  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Canned Heat
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • James Cotton Blues Band
  • Janis Joplin
  • B.B. King
  • Herbie Mann
  • Rotary Connection
  • Sam & Dave

Sun 31 Aug

  • 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

Mon 1 Sept

  • 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
♥  #29  

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Sky River Rock Festival

August 20, 1969
Rainier Hereford Ranch, Tenino, Washington

Sky River Rock Festival

♥  #30  
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New Orleans Pop Festival
August 31 –  September 1, 1969
Prairieville, LA

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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.

♥  #31  
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First Annual Midwest Mini-Pop Festival

September 6, 1969
Cleveland Zoo

First Annual Midwest Mini-Pop Festival

  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • Lonnie Mack
  • Dee Felice Trio
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The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival

September 13, 1969
Varsity Stadium, at the University of Toronto

toronto rock and roll

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
♥  #33  
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Sixth Big Sur Folk Festival

September 13 – 14 1969
(made into a movie: Celebration at Big Sur)

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  • 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 Mt Resistance Band
♥  #34  
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Toledo Pop Festival

September 14
Toledo Raceway Park
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Gold Rush Festival

October 12, 1969
Lake Amador, CA
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Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

November 6 – 8, 1969
Livingston Gym, Denison University (Granville, OH)1969-raccoon-creek-340med
  • The Who
  • The Spirit
  • Johnny Winter
  • Supporting acts: Owen B, The Dust
♥  #37  
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Palm Beach Music & Art Festival

November 28 – 30, 1969 (Thanksgiving weekend)
West Palm Beach, FL

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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.

♥  #38  
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Altamont Free Concert

December 6, 1969
Altamont Speedway in northern CA between Tracy and Livermore

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December 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.

♥  #39  

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Miami Rock Festival

December 27 – 29, 1969
International Speedway, Hollywood, Florida

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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.

♥  #40  
Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One

Mid Winter Pop Festival

“December 27, 28, & 29”
Blythe, CA

...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!

Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One

Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Young Rascals, Vanilla Fudge, Brooklyn Bridge, Neil Diamond, and many others were to attend.

Forty 1969 Festivals Plus One

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