irvin feld, israel feld & carter barron amphitheatre
I just read in a 1968 issue of the Evening Star newspaper that Irvin Feld and Israel Feld were the booking agents for the concerts at Carter Barron. According to the National Park Service, the Feld brothers "won the contract to host the 1954 season." They served as the booking agents until c1975.
Curious about the history of Carter Barron Amphitheatre?
"Initial plans for an amphitheatre in the Brightwood area...began in 1943 when Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. reviewed and commented on the site selection for an amphitheatre. The original plan called for benches to seat about 1,500 and a stage equipped with a movie screen.
This plan was expanded upon by Carter T. Barron in 1947 as a way to memorialize the 150th Anniversary of Washington, DC as the Nation's Capital. As Vice Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Commission, Barron envisioned an amphitheatre where "all persons of every race, color and creed" in Washington could attend musical, ballet, theater and other performing arts productions. The Commission approved the drawings of National Capital Parks. Plans called for outfitting the amphitheatre with state-of-the-art technology including a communication system which allowed the stage manager to speak to any actor or stagehand from his desk and the best lighting and sound equipment available at the time."
I wonder if Feld Entertainment has material from the Carter Barron days? Does anyone have a contact at Feld Entertainment?
Did you attend concerts at Carter Barron in 1968?
I wonder if NPS has original materials from the planning phase. I'd love to get more details on the new technologies @Carter Barron.
To see the remaining three pages of the press release, click on Library of Congress.