Sounds of the ’60s: Miami music festivals

The Miami Pop Festival of 1968, held over three days at the end of December at Gulfstream Race Track – 45 years ago this month – drew thousands of fans from all over the country. The music ranged from blues, jazz and rock and roll to gospel and even “hillbilly music,” as a New York Times reviewer noted. It was followed a year later by another music festival at the same location.

Musical acts included Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Procol Harum, Country Joe and the Fish and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. The 1968 event was touted as the first significant pop festival on the East Coast. Tickets cost $7.

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