4 august 1968 & pop music festival @p street beach
#OTD 4 August 1968 The National Park Service Summer in the Parks program held a Pop Music Festival at P Street Beach (23rd & P Sts NW). The festival, held from 1pm to 10pm, attracted ~1,000 despite the rain. According to the Washington Post newspaper, most of the audience members lived in Dupont Circle, Georgetown and the suburbs, were white and dressed in "cut-off dungarees" and flowing burlap robes.
More than 20 musicians performed, including The Fallen Angels, a white rock band led by singer and bassist Jack Bryant founded in DC in 1966.
Esther Mae Scott, also known as Mother Scott, played two blues/folk music songs. "We've come out for peace and we've come out for a good time.... I'm 76 and if I can make it, I know you can--so lend me your voices."
George Daly was the master of ceremonies. The show was produced by Unlimited Projects Co. The poster was created by Lloyd McNeill and Lou Stovall.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family members or neighbor attend the concert? Do you remember the Fallen Angels? Do you remember Jack Bryant? Do you remember Esther Mae Scott aka Mother Scott? Do you remember George Daly? Do you have photographs or recordings? Were you part of Unlimited Projects? Did you work with Lloyd McNeill or Lou Stovall? What do you think of the poster's visual aesthetic? It appears to be a guitar and a tree? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy National Park Service Common Ground publication Spring 2010
For more on Esther Mae Scott, click here.
"'Pop Music Festival' Scores Smash Hit," Washington Post 5 August 1968. This articles includes photos of Jack Bryant and Terry Gorka.