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I was lucky to be the right age, at the right time, and in the right place to see all these great bands !!!!

My First Concert. I was 13
DC Stadium (Now RFK)
Aug 15th 1966

Vince F. got tickets with his Capital Hill connections and we went to our 1st concert !!!
( Vince reminded me that the Ronettes were not there just the CYRKLE doing "Red Rubber Ball")


My 1st concert after the Beatles
The Lovin Spoonful
April 15 1967


My 3rd Concert
The Doors $4.00
Nov. 25 1967


                                  And on I went - here are all my  Ticket Stubs

My 4th
Jimi Hendrix
March 10 1968

Here is some great Info from MICHAEL OBERMAN - He wrote for the Washington Star

From 1967 to 1973 I was rock music columnist for the Washington Star. I interviewed over 300 acts including The Doors, Jeff Beck, James Brown, David Bowie....etc. Below in italics is a short memory of mine of covering the Atlantic City Pop Festival for the Washington Star. Below that is the story I wrote from Atlantic City and published in the Star.

At the beginning of July, 1969, I was screwing up the courage to ask my editor if the newspaper would pay for me to attend one of the two major "pop music festivals" taking place in August on the East Coast...the "Woodstock Music and Arts Fair" and the "Atlantic City Pop Festival." I finally decided I would ask and if turned down would just go on my own money. I shouldn't have worried. I asked and she replied, "Sure. Which one?"

Both events were multi-day and had similar line-ups of acts. The deciding point for me was the newspaper would pay for my hotel room in Atlantic City. In Woodstock I would have to camp out. Hotel or Camping...Hotel! Now it seems I might be the only person of my generation who admits he did not attend Woodstock.

Another plus was that my brother, Ron, would be at the Atlantic City festival. Ron was working for Mercury Records at the time and an act he was helping to promote, the Sir Douglas Quintet, would be performing. I convinced my girlfriend and several of my best friends to attend with me. Somehow I managed to get everyone I traveled with "all access press passes."

In 1969, there were two ways a reporter could "file a story" when out of town. One was to phone it in and read it to a "dictationist." Dictationists sat at a table with typewriters and headsets. When a reporter called a story in to the paper, the dictationist typed it and, when finished, yelled "Copy" and a copyboy would scurry over, grab the story and take it to the appropriate editor. The other way was for the reporter to go to a Western Union office, sit at one of their teletype machines and write the story...which would be transmitted by Western Union to the newspaper.

The festival, held at the Atlantic City racetrack, was everything I had hoped for...great performances, an opportunity to interview a number of acts and a chance to hang with my friends. For me, there was only one problem and it happened the last day of the festival. I was directly in front of the stage when the Sir Douglas Quintet came on to perform. I had become friends with Doug Sahm, lead vocalist, guitarist and namesake for the group. Someone in the crowd passed me a pitcher of Sangria. I poured myself a cup just as Doug came to the edge of the stage and said, "Hey Miiiikkke...let me have some." I passed him the pitcher, he gulped some down and passed the pitcher to Joe Cocker (standing offstage). The problem was...someone had "dosed" the pitcher with a psychedelic substance. I grooved, Doug Sahm grooved, Joe Cocker grooved. By the end of the festival, I was still grooving. I had a story to write. I couldn't drive...grooving. I didn't know how I could write...grooving. It was too late in the day to phone the story in...someone had to drive me to the Western Union office. When we arrived, I sat at the teletype machine for an hour...grooving. Finally, I came to my senses and wrote the story.

Janis, Little Richard,  Rock Jersey Festival

All of rock 'n' roll's glorious moments were captured last night at the Atlantic City Pop Festival, but it took some time.
Janis Joplin and Little Richard, in their two sets, summed up what all the other acts tried to put across--some successfully and others not so successfully--during the three-day festival at the Atlantic City Race Track.
Janis, who finally has gotten a funky band together since her split with Big Brother and the Holding Company, drove the tens of thousands of fans to a frenzy with her throaty, gutsy versions of such standards as "Ball and Chain" and "Piece of My Heart."

Crowd Together
Although the vibrations already were good when Janis came on, the crowd was even more together when she left the stage to make way for the man some consider responsible for starting it all, Little Richard. Beginning with "Lucille," Richard had the audience standing on their seats through his set which included "Long Tall Sally," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "Roll Over Beethoven."After seeing Little Richard end the pop festival with his 1956 brand of rock-and-roll, it is almost impossible to describe what went on before he sauntered onto the stage.

The highlights of the first day of the festival were Doctor John the Night Tripper, Procol Harum, Mother Earth and the Chambers Brothers.Doctor John, in his floor-length robe, war-paint and feathered headress, cast his Bayou spells on the audience with voodoo oriented tunes such as "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" and "Mama Roo." Mother earth, with lead vocals by one of the best female country-blues belters, Tracy Nelson, brought across its Texas-based sound with an extra added punch on numbers like "Down So Low" and "It's a Sad Situation."

Saturday Show
Saturday's show featured American Dream, Tim Buckley, the Byrds, Booker T and the MGs, Hugh Masekela, B. B. King, the Butterfield Blues Band, Lighthouse, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane.Conservative estimates put the crowd at 60,000 that day, and there was no doubt that with their current chart-hit, "Commotion," included in their repertoire, Creedence Clearwater was the top act of the day.The Sir Douglas Quintet started off yesterday's show with some "honky blues" that led into fine sets by Santana, Three Dog Night, England's Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles, The Mothers of Invention, Miss Joplin and Little Richard. All of the bands equalled or surpassed the sounds they put down on their albums, but there were some noticeable changes in personnel. Bob Hite, the Canned Heat vocalist, announced that Henry Vestine had quit the group and had been replaced three days ago by guitarist-supreme Harvey Mandel. Besides all the fine music by the 30 or so top groups, the over-all atmosphere was one that won't soon be forgotten. The audience was allowed to go as close to the stage as it wanted and there were no police to stop fans from doing what they wanted to do.The extremely successful festival, which attracted a three-day total of 150,000 to 200,000 will probably go down as the Monterey of the East Coast.


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Jeff Krulik
Remember the Ambassador Theater
Ambassador Theater Psychedelic Memories
Nils Lofgren Interview
Listen to Nils talk about the night he saw The Who at Constitution Hall then went to the Ambassador to see Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix at the Ambassador Theater

Jeff Krulik is a DC Rock Historian


Urban Legend

Did Led Zeppelin play at the Wheaton Youth Center (Wheaton,MD)?  I saw The Small Faces with Rod Stewart there. Some Zeppelin sites list it but most do not.
Were you there ?

Nils Lofgren played there


Remember Billy Hancock or Tex Rubinowitz

I took this Front cover photo at the Psychedeli in Bethesda MD


Who remembers Barry Richards on 1600 AM WINX
in Rockville MD.

He was fired for saying "The Supremes make me cream in my jeans"

Check This Out
Barry Richards on YouTube

Here is Barry Richards Backstage at Merriweather Post Pavilion
with the WHO and their manager
PS: The opening act was a new band called Led Zeppelin

"Photo by Dodie"
Thanks Jean A.


Did you grow up in Washington DC.
Were you the right age, at the right time, in the right place?
As you can see from my site - I was lucky!

Do you remember the Hangmen and there one hit?
The Hangmen - What A Girl Can't Do (45 version)

Van Halen Fans
*Johnny Sac's Eruption Cover- Live*
This is not Eddie.
Johnny Sac is the best Guitar player Washington DC ever produced.
Listen and tell me what you think.

Johnny Tsak's ERUPTION

Johnny Sac won the DC101  "Best Guitar Player In Wash DC Contest"
at The Bayou nightclub in Georgetown 2 times !!!
Go see my Johnny Tsak page

Nils Lofgren Fans
In 1978 the Washington Bullets won the NBA title and Nils being from DC and a Bullets fan wrote a special song that was released in the Wash. DC area only.

Listen to the Original Bullets Fever during the playoffs

Listen to the Final version of Bullets Fever after they won it all

Listen to the Bullets Fever Remix by DJ Wes



Your Washington DC Concert Stories


Concert Info 1969
What a year it was for Rock & Roll
We Saw

Canned Heat & BB King Feb. 16 1969
At the Alexandria Virginia Roller Rink Arena

The Jeff Beck Group & Jethro Tull April 1969
Beck had this lead singer called Rod Stewart and a bass
player called Ron Wood (later a Rolling Stone)

Hendrix - May 16 1969
At the Baltimore Civic Center.
This was the 3rd time we saw Hendrix.

The Who - with Led Zeppelin May 25 1969
This was the first time we saw Zeppelin. We knew about the Yardbirds with Clapton, Beck, and Page.
I remember saying "Now I have seen all three Yardbirds guitar players"
Zeppelins 1st LP had come out Jan. 12 1969 just a few months before.

Blood, Sweat & Tears June 27 1969
Merriweather Post Pavillion

Laurel Pop Festival July 11 1969
A month and half later Zeppelin had Top Billing at the Laurel Pop Festival and closed the
show after Buddy Guy, Al Kooper, Jethro Tull, and Johnny Winter kicked Ass !!!

Blind Faith - July 20 1969
At the Baltimore Civic Center.
While we were listening to Clapton & Winwood Neil Armstrong was walking on the Moon.

Atlantic City Pop Festival August 1,2,& 3 1969
About 2 weeks before Woodstock my girlfriends sister Donna asked if I would go with them
to the Atlantic City Pop Festival. I have lots of stories people have sent me on the page.

Woodstock August 15,16,& 17 1969
When I got back from Atlantic City my buddy Tom Beach called and said "Hey BR
Hendrix and the WHO are playing at some festival in NY do you want to go" We went to see
Hendrix and The Who. Nobody new that this concert would become "WOODSTOCK"

Rolling Stones November 26 1969
At the Baltimore Civic Center.
This was the tour when they made the film Get Yer Ya Yas Out.

Laurel Pop Festival
Laurel Race Track Laurel, MD


July 11 and 12 1969

Inside of Flyer

Front Cover Of Flyer

Here are some photos Tom shot both nights. We were 17 year old kids with a Kodak Instamatic.
We snuck backstage and talked to the artists.

Jeff Beck

Johnny Winter (Backstage)

Jimmy Page (Backstage) with roadie

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Alvin Lee (10 Years After)

Robert Plant (Backstage)

Jethro Tull

Johnny Winter

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