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And the Music Never Stops...

OZARK MUSIC FESTIVAL - https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/bigger-woodstock-ozark-music-festival-1974/

July, 1974 was the most intensely hot part of a very steamy summer in Missouri, but it didn't stop 1,000's of music lovers from attending the Ozark Music Festival in Sedalia, MO. The lineup was sensational,tickets were cheap and it was only 90 miles away and so a couple of my friends and I loaded up the old Chevy and took off for what proved to be one of the most memorable experiences in all of my concert going. We camped near some guys who were traveling from the East Coast to the West and I rather quickly fell "in love" with the one with the beautiful long black hair (I was a fool for hair in those days) and we spent 3 days of sex, love, and rock n' roll. I will never forget him, though we lost touch many years ago.

The concert became shrouded in mystery over the years as it was such an embarrassment to the people of Sedalia, the Fair Board (Sedalia is home to the MO State Fair) and the state officials that all information was hushed, videos confiscated and news coverage limited. These days there's a FB group with many members who attended and a documentary in progress as well, so maybe at last it will take it's place among the other huge outdoor events like Woodstock, Altamont etc.

Widely advertised on late night rock stations by the late "Wolfman Jack", the event drew in folks from across the country. By the second day, the fence was down and hippies poured into the fairgrounds. Drugs were out in the open, all kinds. Bikers rode naked with their "old ladies" on the back of their hogs. Total decadence. My mother, who was watching, my kids caught a clip on TV and when, after standing in line for over an hour, got to call her; she was incredulous and horrified, don't think she ever got over that. They fairgrounds were trashed. My friend and I scored a whole lot of clothes and jewelry when we scavenged the area before leaving. Crazy.. wild...oh to be young and free once again.

Who played?

Premiata Forneria Marconi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premiata_Forneria_Marconi
Peter Sinfield
Blue Oyster Cult
Marshall Tucker Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Boz Skaggs
Ted Nugent
David Bromberg
Leo Kottke
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Electric Flag
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Earl Scruggs Revue
Charlies Daniels Band
Joe Walsh & Barnstorm
The Souther-Hillman-Duray Band
Jimmie Sphieris
The Sweet
Jefferson Starship
REO Speedwagon
Elvin Bishop

All that for $15!


Though I only made it to one of Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Concert, in 1993 I was Ames, Iowa. On a whim my sister-in-law and I decided we couldn't pass it up and the music was as great music is, glorious, inspiring, and unforgettable.

John Cougar Mellencamp
Willie Nelson
Neil Young
Alice in Chains
Ringo Starr
Travis Tritt
Tammy Wynette
Bryan Adams
Marty Stuart
Ricky Von Shelton
Waylon Jennings
Charlie Daniels Band
Arlo Guthrie
Black 47
Bruce Hornsby
Sawyer Brown
The Jayhawks
The Kentucky Headhunters
The Highwaymen
Martina McBride
Dwight Yoakham

I am truly pleased to have finished this project. I may remember more and will stick them in here and there, or this may stand as the list so far. Certainly, some of the musicians listed are obscure, some long dead, while others are still touring. Tuning to any classic rock station will surely bring up any number of the bands I've listed. Though there are no more "big" events in my future, every year I do try to see at least one of the Marley Brothers as reggae as become of the music of my heart and soul. 2017 it was Wisconsin, where will I find them in '18?

Just talked to an old friend yesterday and we reminisced on the great joy and luck of living in the times we did. Maybe all old people think that's so. I know it to be true. There will never be music of the like that was created and played by my generation.

The Beat Goes On...

So last evening I got tired and stopped at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I was tired when I was actually there too. The festival I attended too place in 1995. I was 50 years old and spending time at nearly 10,000 feet when you live at sea level can have unpleasant effect. In spite of what I only later figured out was "altitude sickness", every day I dragged myself up the mountain to the outdoor park where the music was played. There was an incredibly talented bunch of bluegrass players and pickers and I won't list them all here as I posted a pic of the program a while back. But some of the best were:

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Flatt & Scruggs
Government Mule
Alison Krauss
Emmy Lou Harris
Dave Grisman
Bonnie Raitt
Joan Armatrading
Leftover Salmon
Michelle Shocked
Sam Bush for President
Steve Earle
Norman Blake
Peter Rowan & Jerry Douglas
Maura O'Connell

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jorma Kaulonen
Little Feat
Rory Gallagher
Deep Purple Fleetwood Mac

I am a long time fan of Blues---

B.B. King
Albert King
John Lee Hooker
CoCo Taylor
Kenny Wayne Shephard
Robert Cray
Keb Mo
Buddy Guy
Tab Benoit

Aretha Franklin
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Leo Kottke
The Temptations
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
Frank Sinatra
Tony Bennett
Bette Midler
Dwight Yoakam
Lyle Lovett
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
Roseanne Cash
Arlo Guthrie
Iris DeMent
Melissa Etheridge
Bachmann Turner Overdrive
Billy Preston
Johnny Winter
Avett Brothers
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Naughty by Nature (took my daughter, my one and old rap concert)
Hot Tuna
K. D. Lang
Elephant Revival
Goosecreek Symphony
Nancy Griffith
Maria Muldaur & the Mud Bugs
Rod Stewart 2x
Dr. John
"King" Sunny Ade'

Concert List Blows Up

Working on a list of all concerts and artists I've seen is proving a considerable task. Festivals have multiple artists and some I don't remember.  The net has been helpful but, I had not been able to locate the Telluride Bluegrass Festival-1995. A great find, a program listing everyone who performed. My list is considerably expanded. I had totally forgotten Joan Armitrading and Michelle Shocked were there.

Attempting to organize the cumbersome list. I wrote the names down as they popped into my head, a place of some disorder. Working on assigning decades to bands. But, some like the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan span several decades. I'll keep at it, it's a fun dance down the years.


Musical Memories

Over on FB they've got this thing going on where you name 10 concerts you've seen, 9 that you actually saw and one lie. I resisted for a while and then decided to go for it. Just doing that opened me up to remembering ALL the concerts that I've seen and make a list. I have a lot of ticket stubs, but not every one of them. Currently up to 104, not counting the 40+ Grateful Dead shows and others that I saw multiple times.

Very challenging to remember the bands. Some of them were more than 30 years ago and admittedly some of them I was in no shape to remember.

But, once again, the internet came to my rescue and I was able to search venues, set lists etc. and was quite excited to find a ticket to the Deep Purple concert I attended in 1973. The ticket price is unbelievable by today's standards.

Now trying to decide if I can legitimately include bands who appeared at festivals where I was present, but can't truly remember if I was down at the stage when they were on.

It's been a fun trip down memory lane.