The largest crowd that ever gathered for a rock festival did so at Watkins Glen, New York, in July of 1973. Outdrawing the previous high at Woodstock almost two to one, more than 600,000 young people sardined themselves into the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway for a single-day festival known as the Summer Jam. Featured groups were the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and the Band.
Uncle John & The Shakedown Street Family Presents: “ WATKINS GLEN / SUMMER JAM 40 Year Re-Creation Anniversary Tour”. The North Carolina Tour will start off in Charlotte on Thursday July 25th at The VISULITE THEATRE. http://www.visulite.com/showDetails.cfm?showID=1600
Friday Night July 26th in Winston-Salem at ZIGGY’S. http://ziggyrock.net/events/watkins-gle ... sary-tour/
Saturday July 27th in Raleigh at The SOUTHLAND BALLROOM. http://southlandballroom.com/2013/04/17 ... -july-27th
Sunday July 28th in Myrtle Beach at The BOAT HOUSE http://www.boathousemb.com/
The original set lists will be performed at all venues by:
BETTER OFF DEAD (Performing The Grateful Dead set).
The ENDS with members of Brother Esau (Performing The Allman Brothers set)
The BLUE RAGS (Performing The Band Set).
Doors will be at 8pm nightly and the show will go non-stop from 9pm to 2am. Admission is $13.00 day of and $10.00 in advance. Please contact the venues for tickets available online through the individual venues.
The Boat House show will begin at 5pm
Many historians claimed that the Watkins Glen event was the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States. In essence, that meant that on July 28, one out of every 350 people living in America at the time was listening to the sounds of rock at the New York state racetrack. Considering that most of those who attended the event hailed from the Northeast, and that the average age of those present was approximately seventeen to twenty-four, close to one out of every three young people from Boston to New York was at the festival.
Unlike Woodstock, where the lineup consisted of close to thirty acts, Watkins Glen's billing was comprised of only three supergroups. The Allman Brothers, the Band, and the Grateful Dead were established acts (the latter two were Woodstock veterans); all had been on the touring circuit and in the recording studios for at least three years. The groups' fans, perhaps the most dedicated around in 1973, had most likely seen them perform live at least once or twice prior to Watkins Glen. They had come to expect certain things from the musicians. In short, there was no overly excited rush to the stage generated by their mere presence at Watkins Glen.
All this added up to the fact that the protests, the placards, the defiance, and the true revolutionary zeal of the young had actually subsided. Enter the "me" decade. The 1970s had finally arrived.
But Watkins Glen did point out that rock music was alive and well, and that there still remained within the youth culture a seemingly unquenchable desire to attend rock festivals. Young people still marveled at the power of such gatherings. Young people wanted to be there, had to be there.
Don’t miss this event as we give you a chance to step back in time and experience an event that changed the world!!