On this date August 30th in 1969 the Texas International Pop Festival
kicked off at the newly opened Dallas
International Motor Speedway in Lewisville, Texas. The event occurred just two weeks after Woodstock. The estimated attendance for the three-day event ranged between 120,000 to 150,000. Like Woodstock, the event was peaceful, no violent crimes were reported. There was one death, due to heat stroke, and one birth during the event! Canned Heat
opened the show at 4:00 pm on Saturday the 30th! Here’s the full the line-up for the day.
- Canned Heat
- Chicago Transit Authority
- James Cotton Blues Band
- Janis Joplin
- B.B. King
- Herbie Mann
- Rotary Connection
- Sam & Dave
The complete list of artists who performed at the festival includes: Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), James Cotton, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
, Grand Funk Railroad, Incredible String Band, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Freddie King
, Led Zeppelin
, Herbie Mann, Nazz, Rotary Connection, Sam and Dave
, Santana, Shiva’s Headband, Sly and the Family Stone
, Space Opera, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After, Tony Joe White and Johnny Winter.
One thing that’s interesting about the list of performers is how eclectic the list is. There’s something for almost everyone…there’s the rock of Chicago, Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After and others, the blues of B.B. and Freddie King, and James Cotton, the R&B of Sam and Dave and the jazz fusion of Herbie Mann. Hum. maybe this list and the fact that is was a typical line-up for the era is what laid the groundwork for my love of so many seemingly divergent genres!!
Two names caught my attention, Chicago Transit Authority and Herbie Mann. I was a fan of Chicago through the first several albums, with their debut album always being the favorite! After that the band became a radio band for me and when their music change to more lush ballads in the 1980s, they lost me completely. Through the first several albums for me the driving force of the band was Terry Kath and his great vocals and guitars and after his tragic death in 1979 everything changed. Here’s the band performing their version of “I’m a Man” always a favorite.
Herbie Mann is an artist whose name I know, but whose music I’ve never really explored. This morning I listened to release Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go composed of two tracks in excess of 10 minutes. I also to various other tracks, including his 1969 release Memphis Underground, which is playing now. Scott Yanow gave the album three stars and writes:
Herbie Mann has always been open to new trends in his music. For this 1969 studio session, he and three other top soloists (vibraphonist Roy Ayers and guitarists Larry Coryell and Sonny Sharrock) went down to Memphis and combined their talents with a topnotch local rhythm section. The music effectively mixes R&B and country rhythms with the lead jazz voices, although the material, which includes “Memphis Underground,” “Hold On! I’m Comin’,” and “Chain of Fools,” is rather weak.More