Bob Dylan Shocks Fans with Surprise Appearance at the Mississippi River Rock Festival Today in 1969

July 14, 2016

On July 14, 1969...Fans were shocked

when Bob Dylan with his still Nashville-Skylined voice

unexpectedly joined The Band for a Three-number encore

at the Mississippi River Rock Festival...

He was introduced as “Elmer Johnson”...

 

The Band did their usual tight set earning a call for an encore....

Instead of coming on with "Slippin' and Slidin'"

they returned accompanied by a guitar-toting...

cowboyish figure in brown shirt...pants...and boots...

After a couple of bars...the crowd knew...the word spread...

and the assemblage fell into a hush...

Dylan cruised through three numbers...easy-rolling rockers for the most part...

including an old mountain tune called "In the Pines"

and departed with The Band to a huge ovation...

 

The Mississippi River Festival (aka MRF)

was a summer outdoor concert series

held on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois...

The Festival that ran from 1969 t0 1980

was notable due to its central midwest location...

the natural ambience of its outdoor venue...

and the consistent high quality of performers...

 

Dylan had performed in concert only twice

since an August 1966 motorcycle accident...

 

Although only some 4,000 concert-goers were in attendance...

In years to come...

Tens of thousands would claim to have heard Dylan perform...!

Set List

1) I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie cover)

2) Slippin' and Slidin' (Little Richard cover)

3) In the Pines ([traditional] cover)

No press of this 1969 Mississippi River Rock Festival performance

was available at the time of this Blog post...

However...

Both Photographs and video of Bob Dylan and The Band's 1968 Carnegie Hall Concert

have been included for fans to enjoy...!

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