Saturday, July 21, 2012

Grateful Dead at Miami Pop Festival Dec. 29, 1968

This really is a classic set from The Grateful Dead.  Part of the New Year's Run of shows. Before the band headed back to California for the New Year's Eve show at the Fillmore, they played an outdoor show at Gulfstream Park (horse racing track) in Hallandale Beach, Florida on December 29, 1968.

The Miami Pop Festival was the name of two different music festivals that took place in 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in HallandaleFlorida (now called Hallandale Beach), just north of Miami.
The first Miami Pop event took place May 18–19, 1968. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang, later famous as promoter ofWoodstock. Bands featured at the festival included SteppenwolfThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Mothers of InventionBlue Cheer and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Jimi Hendrix performed "Fire", "Foxy Lady", "Getting my heart back together" and "Purple Haze". Sunday's concert was rained out and because of this, Hendrix wrote "Rainy Day, Dream Away." Chuck BerryThe Blues ImagePacific Gas and Electric and Three Dog Night also performed. The opening act on the main stage on Saturday was a little-known group called The Package and the closing act on that same stage was Jimi Hendrix.
The second Miami Pop Festival was held December 28–30, 1968 at Gulfstream. It was promoted by Tom Rounds, who had previously promoted the seminal Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. True to its name, Miami Pop II emphasized a lighter, "Top 40" style of music including Procol HarumThe TurtlesThe Grass RootsThree Dog NightJose FelicianoThe Blues Image and The Box Tops. More "serious" veins of music were represented by the Paul Butterfield Blues BandHugh MasekelaPacific Gas and ElectricFleetwood MacRichie HavensThe Sweet InspirationsJoni MitchellJr. Walker & The AllstarsThe McCoysSweetwaterThe James Cotton Blues BandCanned HeatThe Charles Lloyd QuartetBooker T. & the M.G.'sIan & SylviaCountry Joe and The FishBuffy St. MarieSteppenwolfThe Amboy Dukes and Iron Butterfly; rounding things out were Chuck Berry's roots rock, the picking of Flatt and Scruggs, jamming from the Grateful Dead, smooth nightclub stylings by Marvin Gaye, raucous soul from Joe Tex, and covering a range from hard rock to folk.[1] Many of these musicians were cast as superheroes in a commemorative comic book distributed at the festival.

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