1969 Laurel Pop Festival

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Laurel Race Course, Laurel, Maryland

July 11 & 12, 1969

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

Festival #18

The 18th 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 Hill Festival does not make the list of answers when we ask anyone, “Name a festival that happened in 1969.” If we said “Laural 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 Hill, we have John and Debbie. I suppose had Laurel Hill become as famous as Woodstock, we’d recognize themtoday, too.

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

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

1969 Laurel Pop Festival

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.

1969 Laurel Pop Festival
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