Miami Pop Festival (December 1968)
|Miami Pop Festival|
Poster/ad for Miami Pop Festival with scheduled performers
|Genre||Pop music, rock music|
|Dates||December 28–30, 1968|
|Location(s)||Gulfstream Park in
|Founded by||Tom Rounds, Mel Lawrence and others|
The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two different music festivals that took place in May and December 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in Hallandale, Florida, just north of Miami. Apart from the venue, the two events were not related.
The second Miami Pop Festival was held December 28–30, 1968, and was the first major rock festival on America's east coast. It was produced by a team led by Tom Rounds and Mel Lawrence, who had previously produced the seminal KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The crowd size for the three days was estimated to be around 100,000.
Performers covered a wide range of music genres, and included:
- The Amboy Dukes
- Chuck Berry
- Blues Image
- The Box Tops
- Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Canned Heat
- Wayne Cochran
- Cosmic Drum
- James Cotton Blues Band
- Country Joe and the Fish
- José Feliciano
- Fish Ray
- Flatt and Scruggs
- Fleetwood Mac
- Marvin Gaye
- The Grass Roots
- Grateful Dead
- Richie Havens
- Ian & Sylvia
- Iron Butterfly
- Junior Junkanoos
- Jr. Walker & The Allstars
- The Charles Lloyd Quartet
- Hugh Masekela
- Joni Mitchell
- Pacific Gas & Electric
- Procol Harum
- Terry Reid
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
- The Sweet Inspirations
- Joe Tex
- Three Dog Night
- The Turtles
Many of these musicians were cast as superheroes in a commemorative comic book distributed at the event. Interesting moments during the festival included: Joni Mitchell inviting former Hollies member and new love interest Graham Nash, as well as Richie Havens to join her onstage to sing Dino Valenti’s “Get Together”; Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady playing bass guitar with Country Joe & the Fish; and folksinger/songwriter icon and Coconut Grove resident Fred Neil stopping in at the festival one day to hang out and enjoy the music. Several acts advertised in early promotional materials did not appear, and their names were removed from subsequent promotions, including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Dino Valenti and H.P. Lovecraft. Two bands expected to appear were unable to perform due to last-minute problems: The McCoys got snowbound in Canada and Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the M.G.'s got the flu.
This festival was unique in that it was the first rock festival to have two entirely separate 'main' stages several hundred yards apart (the Flower Stage and the Flying Stage), both operating simultaneously and offering performers of equal calibre.
- Santelli, Robert. Aquarius Rising - The Rock Festival Years. 1980. Dell Publishing Co., Inc. Pg. 77.
- Sander, Ellen (January 12, 1969). "The Miami Festival: An Inspired Bag of Pop". The New York Times.
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- “Miami’s 350G Gate Tops Year of Pop Fests; Two-Ring Rock at Racetrack”. Variety. January 1, 1969.
- Santelli. Pp. 78-79.
- Kubernik, Harvey and Kubernik, Kenneth. A Perfect Haze: The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival. 2011. Santa Monica Press LLC. Pg. 57.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Miami Pop Festival (December 1968).|
- Miami Pop Festival December 28-30, 1968, as chronicled by The Strip Project
- Both Miami Pop Festivals as chronicled at oldrockphoto.com
- Facebook Miami Pop Festival community group page
- Photos of Flatt & Scruggs at the December Festival
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