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Historical Marker Unveiling to Honor The Birth Of Woodstock Festival The 1968 Miami Pop Festival
Michael Lang & Ric O'Barry to be honored at Gulfstream Park Hallandale FL, on July 4th 2012. The site of FL. 1st Festival, The Miami Pop Festival 1968. This was Michael Langs 1st festival production "This is where the seeds to Woodstock were sown".
The original Festival in 1968 featured such acts as The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Blue Cheer, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of invention, Chuck Berry backed by NRBQ, John Lee Hooker, and Jimi Hendrix and the Experience, Mitch Mitchell on Drums, and Noel Redding on Bass. This was not a sleep over festival, and the second day it rained so hard that no electric bands could play, leading Jimi Hendrix to write, “Rainy Day, Dream Away”. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown wanted to play on the second day, even in the rain, but the only performer on the second day was John Lee Hooker, an acoustic act.
Photographer, Ken Davidoff was at the original Miami Pop Festival in 1968, and photographed this event as a self assignment. Four of his photographs are in Michael Lang’s book “The Road to Woodstock”. Producer Jack Connell, and Ken are working on a documentary about the festival based on Ken’s photos. They are the ones who came up with the idea of a historical marker, and the co-organizers of the unveiling ceremony.
There will be a Press Conference for official media only, with Michael Lang, Ric O’Barry, a representative from Gulfstream Park, along with the co producers, Jack Connell and Ken Davidoff, of OLDROCKPHOTO. This will happen just before the unveiling. It will last approx 30-45 min.
The Gates will open at 4pm, Michael and Ric will be signing books from 8-9pm, The press conference will be at 7pm, no longer than 20 min. 7:30 pm will be the presentation/
CONTACT, David Joseph, Gulfstream Racetrack PR director 954-673-6976
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