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    Miami Pop Festival Three-Day 1968 Concert Poster w/Grateful Dead.
    An original cardboard advertising poster for the one & only true, official Miami Pop Festival in December 1968. This colorful, psychedelic, silver-metallic window card advertises an amazing 30 acts spread out over three days... 10 musicians and nine hours of music per day. The weekend took place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL, a horse-racing track just north of Miami.

    This seminal event - the first-ever major rock festival on the east coast - is sometimes confused with a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the same venue back in May. The Hendrix weekend (over two days) also featured Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry and a few others, so it's sort of referred to as a 'Miami Pop Festival 1968' as well. But the two weekends were totally unrelated, other than the fact that they both took place at Gulfstream. The May one never used the name 'Miami Pop Festival'; it was lazily attached over the passing of decades, through simple confusion.

    This real Miami Pop Festival was attended by 100,000 people, and was the first rock fest to feature two separate 'main stages' several hundred yards apart, going simultaneously with equal talent on both. We hope they printed an accurate schedule to help attendees decide where they wanted to be!

    Featuring very 'age of Aquarius' artwork on a metallic silver background, this rare vintage advertising poster lists all the musicians, as we shall here:

    Saturday, December 28 - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Country Joe & the Fish, Chuck Berry, the Blues Image, Jose Feliciano, and Buffy St. Marie. Two acts listed were scratched from the fest: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Dino Valente. Similarly, Booker T. & the MG's and the (Infinite) McCoys had to cancel due to problems.

    Sunday, December 29 - Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf, the Butterfield Blues Band, Richie Havens, the Box Tops, the James Cotton Blues Band, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars and Flatt & Scruggs. Scratched from the fest was H.P. Lovecraft.

    Monday, December 30 - the Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, the Turtles, the Grass Roots, Jose Feliciano again, the Joe Tex Revue, Ian & Sylvia, the Charles Lloyd Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations. The latter group featured Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, and had performed backing vocals for Elvis Presley on tour and in the studio for Jimi Hendrix ("Burning of the Midnight Lamp"), Van Morrison ("Brown-Eyed Girl") and Aretha Franklin.

    Underneath the musicians' names, the weekend extravaganza was billed as "A Thousand Wonders and a Three Day Collage of Beautiful Music." And then, "Advance Sale Now $6.00 Each Day, Tickets at the Door $7.00." Such a deal!

    P.S. Can we sneak this in? Joni Mitchell, fresh off her very first album Song to a Seagull, called her boyfriend Graham Nash onstage, along with Richie Havens, for a three-voice rendition of the Youngbloods' "Get Together," truly an anthem of the era.

    This original Miami Pop Festival poster - the very first one Heritage has ever had the pleasure to sell - has been mounted to a pink/gray matte, so the edge condition cannot be fully determined. We made no effort to remove it. The poster itself measures approximately 12" x 21", and this mounting - but not framed - takes the piece to an overall size of 18.5" x 27.5". In Good condition with visible creases and scratching in the bottom black area, creasing indents, and writing on the verso in green & red ink. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    UPDATED INFORMATION: It appears this poster could be fairly easily removed from the mat; it was adhered only by masking tape, which is the easiest of all tapes to remove with a minimum of damage. The poster's verso could be left with "paper lifts" all around the perimeter, or the masking tape could also come off cleanly. There's about 30 words written on the back already anyway, so it's really the poster's front that counts here. But we'd like to add one more thing: there is also significant creasing and very light scratching in the upper left area of the poster's front as well.


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    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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