STL Post Dispatch looks back at the glory days of the Mississippi River Festival
When people think of the great music festivals of the late 60's - obviously -Monterey Pop in '67, and Woodstock in '69. Unbelievable line-ups stacked with heavy hitters in pop, rock, folk and bluegrass. I mean - Jimi Hendrix, Otis Reading, The Who, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Ravi Shankar, Canned Heat, CCR, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and so on, and so on... pure gold.
Well, did you know the St. Louis area had it's very own summer outdoor concert series that attracted such icons as The Who, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and The Band? The Mississippi River Festival was held on the campus of SIU Edwardsville from 1969-1980.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch posted an ode to the "glory days" of the festival on their website yesterday with tons of great images that further punctuate the fact that I was born in the wrong generation. You can view the original article and see more photos HERE.