Watkins Glen Summer Jam ~ 45th Anniversary

July 28, 2018

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen 

was a rock festival that took place on July 28th in 1973

The historic music event

received the Guinness Book of World Records

entry for 'Largest audience at a pop festival' 

An estimated 600,000 rock fans

came to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway 

outside Watkins Glen, New York

to see the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and The Band perform

The Grateful Dead performed first playing two long sets

They opened with Bertha 

and played many hits such as Box Of Rain, Jack Straw,

Playing in the Band, China Cat Sunflower, and "Eyes of the World

The Band followed the Dead with one two-hour set

Their set was cut in half by a drenching thunderstorm

in a scene again reminiscent of Woodstock

people were covered with mud

During the storm

keyboardist Garth Hudson performed his signature organ improvisation

'The Genetic Method'

When the rain finally let up

the full Band joined Hudson on stage

and segued into their signature song Chest Fever 

in a manner similar to how the songs were presented

on The Band's live album Rock of Ages

The Allman Brothers Band performed for three hours

Their performance included songs from their soon-to-be-released album Brothers and Sisters, along with their standards

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Statesboro Blues, Les Brers in A Minor

and Whipping Post

Following the Allmans' second set

there was an hour encore jam featuring musicians from all three bands

The jam featured spirited renditions of Not Fade Away, Mountain Jam

and Johnny B. Goode


I was there ~ 3rd from the right ~ with my gang

Yours truly ~ far right ~ posing in front of my tent



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