1969 Laurel Pop Festival

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Laurel Race Course, Laurel, Maryland

July 11 & 12, 1969

1969 festival #24

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Audio from a series of videos the Laurel History Boys did.
1969 Laurel Pop Festival

The 24th festival of 1969. I realize that there were other 1969 music events such as jazz, country, and folk festivals, but I am limiting my ongoing coverage to what I generally refer to as rock festivals. I included the Newport Jazz Festival earlier in the month because it included several rock bands as well.

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Nice line-up

The Laurel Pop Festival does not make the list of answers when we ask anyone, “Name a festival that happened in 1969.” If we said “Laurel Pop Festival” to anyone, we likely  get a blank look.

The line up for that weekend suggests otherwise on both counts. We should know it. Look at the line up:

July 11

  • Al Kooper
  • Jethro Tull
  • Johnny Winter
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Buddy Guy

July 12

  • Jeff Beck
  • Ten Years After
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Mothers of Invention
  • Savoy Brown
  • Guess Who

This post’s background audio mentions that five of the Laural Pop acts played at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August.

Actually not.

Three did and I’ve underlined them. I again note that Johnny Winter played. The guy was indefatigable that summer!

Nick and Bobbi Ercoline

Perhaps the most iconic photo of Woodstock attendees (as opposed to Woodstock performers) is the picture of Nick and Bobbi Ercoline.

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

For Laurel Pop we have John and Debbie. I suppose had Laurel Pop become as famous as Woodstock, we’d recognize them today, too.

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

The picture of John and Debbie is from a site that attendees have commented about their experiences there.

Wet ending

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.

Laurel History Boys

A site called the Laurel History Boys posted a piece in 2019 on their golden anniversary presentation of the event. Lot’s of pictures and information about Led Zeppelin.

Link to that piece followed by a video with an interview with Kevin Leonard,  one of the Laurel History Boys.


1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Next 1969 festival: 1969 Forest Hills Music Festival

3 thoughts on “1969 Laurel Pop Festival”

  1. In re; pic of a Nick and Bobbi Ercoline the Woodstock couple. I read that they were still married. Is this true ? It would be wonderful if it is true, does anyone know? I’m just curious…

  2. Hello 🎼 I was there I was 17 ,I have some great stories to tell,I talked to Johnny Winters the first night. And was ask by the promoter if I would like to stay and I could sleep on the stage to make sure nothing happed to the equipment like the beautiful Hammond organ just in case it rain I would cover it up . He said for doing that I could have free access to back stage. The next day and help out .I was a drummer so I loved this opertunity.
    Getting late here have to go now I have more great stories. If you want to get intouch with me.

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