I grew up in Bethesda, born in 1950
,and was there for all of this what a gas...I was at the Laurel Pop
Festival , The Atlantic City Pop Festival, then I went to Woodstock.What a
time ...we used to dis BR (Barry Richards) to the max I was in his studio
when he broadcasted once these times were priceless Hangmen - A great band.
The Ambassador....whew... we were outside in a car the night Hendrix played.
My friend and old band mate Bob Ewan ( Little Bobby Radcliff) was doing the
light show. He begged us to come in....We unfortunately were in no condition
to go inside. It has always haunted me. Bruce Springsteen used to play the
Childe Harold .A friend of mine did the sound.....was great Bands galore, I
was in some....bless those still at it.. All of this is burned into any
remaining brain cells, it defines me I still think about Nil's Bullet Fever
whenever I hear mention of the Wizards.... . 'The Grin' was great... I
played in a 'Battle of the Bands' at Wheaton youth center, went there often,
no recollection of Led Zeppelin 1968 Cream , Terry Reed, Moody Blues at the
Baltimore Civic Center The Buffalo Springfield, Strawberry Alarm
Clock#@#@@ with the Beach Bays %#%# at Constitution Hall We were there to
see Buffalo Springfield. The Band ....at Constitution Hall , more than once
Paul Butterfield...Sea Train... Roland Kirk..many more at the Cellar Door,
also...Henny Youngmen, Stomo Yomashta...Cannenball Aderly Moby Grape , Janis
Joplin ,and The Chambers Brothers, Vanilla Fudge ...'The Spectrum' in Philly
The Psychedelly , and more old 'band mates', Jimmy Thackery and Mark Wenner
not to mention The Root Boy' I stumbled on your site...It got me going
...there was much , much more...whew
I remember so many different avenues,
You must be about the same age as I am (56), or a couple years older. I was
B-CC High School class of 1970. I went to a lot of concerts back then - but
never saved any of the ticket stubs. Your site brought back a lot of
I don't remember Barry Richards at WINX, but I do remember him at WHMC.
They used to have concerts on Friday or Saturday nights - either outdoor or
indoor. Indoors was in a big room - for some reason I think it was the
basement? We'd listen to music and smoke things. Last time I was out that
way, the station was still there - out in the woods - but no longer
surrounded by cows.
ALEXANDRIA ROLLER RINK
Remember the Alexandria Roller Rink? Went to several concerts there, but the
only one I can remember was Spirit.
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
Pink Floyd show. We bought a case of beer to bring into the concert.
We took the beer out of the six-packs, and put them into a blanket. I
grabbed the four corners, and slung it over my shoulder. The guards at the
gate checked everyone for illicit beverages, but for some reason they never
checked my blanket, and I waltzed on in. About 50 feet in, I lost hold of
one of the corners, and all the beers came tumbling out on the ground. The
guards were busy looking at people coming in - not at people already in, so
we just picked up the beer, put it back in the blanket, and continued on.
We sometimes climbed the back fence to get in. It was easy - we just had to
wait until someone else tried it some distance away. All the guards would go
to where the other people were trying it, and that provided enough diversion
that we could make it. Ah, youth.
SHADY GROVE MUSIC FAIR
Saw a lot of shows there. Also, my High School (B-CC 1970) commencement
exercises were held there.
Steve Miller show. I think it was sold out, or we didn't have enough money.
A friend said "Let's just knock at one of the (many) exit doors and see who
opens it". The first couple were opened by guards. The third door was opened
by an audience person, so we just walked in.
Some friends asked me to go with them to this great outdoor concert in NY.
There were going to be a lot of really good bands. I asked "who are these
bands?", but they couldn't name any of them. I decided that I didn't want to
waste the entire weekend when they didn't even know who was playing. Doh!
MYSTERY CONSTITUTION HALL SHOW (Oct. 20, 1976) I thought it might have been
the Little River Band. I found the DC-101 T-shirt with LRB on the back (yes
I still have it), but that was 1977.
Sorry, no help.
That's it for now!
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