Laurel Pop Festival

Laurel Pop Festival

Laurel Pop Festival

Laurel Race Course, Laurel, Maryland

July 11 & 12, 1969

Laurel Pop Festival

Festival #14

      The 14th festival of 1969. By the way, I realize that there were other events such as jazz and folk festivals during 1969, but my ongoing coverage tries to limit itself 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. 

Laurel Pop Festival

      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
      The audio above refers to five of the acts playing at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August. Actually not. Three did and I've underlined them in the list. I again note that Johnny Winter played. The guy was indefatigable that summer!

Nick and Bobbi Ercoline

      Perhaps the most iconic photo of people at Woodstock (as oppposed to playing at Woodstock) is the picture of Nick and Bobbi Ercoline.

Laurel Hill Festival

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

Laurel Hill 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.





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