Festival Friday: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen 1973 On the week of July 28th, 1973, The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway at Watkins Glen, New York, saw what was at the time the largest gathered audience in recorded history (yes, even bigger than Woodstock). The estimated 600,000 people that made it through the endless traffic jams andContinue reading “Festival Friday: Summer Jam at Watkins Glen”

Festival Friday- The Strawberry Fields Festival (1970)

The story of this festival should honestly be made into a movie, kind of like Taking Woodstock, only more. I’m sure it would be just as dramatic and hilarious… Held between August 7th and 10th of 1970 at Mosport Park Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, the Strawberry Fields Festival was originally intended to be JohnContinue reading “Festival Friday- The Strawberry Fields Festival (1970)”

Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival

On the Labor Day Weekend of 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, many of the same artists showed up to the Dallas International Motor Speedway to play the Texas International Pop Festival to over 100,000-120,000 people. Much like Woodstock, the festival is remembered for beating the odds and remaining peaceful despite the worries of theContinue reading “Festival Friday: The Texas International Pop Festival”

Festival Fridays: The 1968 Miami Pop Festivals

Well, this one’s a bit confusing. There were two Miami Pop Festivals in 1968 located at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida and they were run by completely different people and were somehow unrelated to each other. This confusion has understandably lead to some modern accounts reporting that they were all one event instead of two.Continue reading “Festival Fridays: The 1968 Miami Pop Festivals”

Festival Fridays: The Powder Ridge Rock Festival

It’s finally summer once again here again at RCU Towers, so that means it’s officially music festival season. When it comes to rock festivals of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, everyone generally knows about Woodstock, Altamont and Monterey Pop. However, during this time period, while giant music festivals were still a fairly new thing,Continue reading “Festival Fridays: The Powder Ridge Rock Festival”