50 years ago today, the first day of the first Miami Pop event took place at Gul…

Written by on May 19, 2018


50 years ago today, the first day of the first Miami Pop event took place at Gulfstream Park. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O’Barry & Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Blue 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 Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric and Three Dog Night also performed.

Here is a great picture of Jimi Hendrix on the ‘stage’ for the festival. Unlike the huge stage that was constructed for Woodstock, the stage at this festival was a couple of flat bed trailers.

How the music and the industry grew. We’ll be posting some cool photos from the festival over the next day.

Any of you at this festival?




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