“The festival’s 1969 program was an experiment in fusing jazz, soul and rock music and audiences. Its lineup included, besides jazz, Friday evening appearances by rock groups Jeff Beck, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ten Years After and Jethro Tull. Saturday’s schedule mixed jazz acts such as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck with others including John Mayall and Sly & the Family Stone. James Brown was among those who appeared Sunday afternoon, followed in the evening by Herbie Hancock, blues musician B. B. King and English rock group Led Zeppelin. Miles Davis remarked that the various artists involved were highly encouraging to each other and that he enjoyed the festival more than ever before. He noticed and appreciated the spirited nature of the younger audience.” — Wikipedia
best live shows i have ever attended sine qua non! and that includes woodstock a month later…walking down from the hills where we had our tent, to the smaller ampitheater in the pines on saturday at dusk, with my girlfriend J, we were accosted by 4 very lanky jive talkin’ teenagers from providence, one of whom hit me with a roundhouse punch to the jaw, perfectly knocking me out cold, and i collapsed with such vigor, they got scared and ran off… and my girlfriend revived me. i had extensive amnesia (loss of identity) for the next few days, thus when we rolled into the middle sly and the family stone on stage, replete with fairly abbreviated fur costumes and tall hats, and spears, pumping out this amazing funk, it seemed like we had traveled to another planet. perhaps we had…it was raining lightly, but still very hot, and steam was rising off the ground. everything i saw at newport '68 was superb, including roland kirk, sun ra, dave brubeck, johnny winter playing with bb king, james b, all the rock acts were amazing too. jethro tull, ten years after, jeff beck with rod stewart, and last but not least…led zep. music became my life after this show…all for under 25 dollars…
This one was my Woodstock substitute. Unfortunately missed Friday, but having Led Zeppelin start at about 2am was pretty fine!
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