Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 West Hollywood, Florida.

Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 West Hollywood, Florida.
Authored By John Nicholson

Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 took place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 23, 24, and 25, 1969, at the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation in West Hollywood, Florida.

Other artists who performed at the festival included Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Sweetwater, Joe South, Aum, NRBQ, Rhinoceros, Muddy Waters, and the Youngbloods.

A band called Sun Country played as NRBQ. They were started by brothers Lee & Stephen Tiger, sons of Buffalo Tiger, a chief of the Floridian Miccosukee Tribe. As teens they gigged in Miami garage bands including the Renegades and a brief incarnation of NRBQ which was how they were listed at this festival.The brothers formed Sun Country in 1968. They toured the West Coast in 1969, playing venues including the famed Whisky-a-Go-Go and opening for acts including Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. They were signed to Bernard Stollman's ESP label, Sun Country and issued its self-titled record in 1969. It flopped and they barely made it into the 70s. NRBQ went on to many different incarnations.

At the end of the Saturday night concert, Timothy Leary spoke from the stage. The Dead's set from this festival was released as Road Trips Vol. 4 No.1 and is well-documented all over the internet. Their set was largely that which was released that year on Live/Dead

While being often listed as a major Florida rock festival, The Dead aside, there is little documentation of the event which rather suggests it all went off without many of the problems that dogged so many late 60s festivals.

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