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40 Years Out: Celebration of Life, Louisiana

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by 30daysout

Photo from the Celebration of Life in June 1971 (found on the internet)

The Woodstock festival in 1969 signaled a new era in the marketing of rock culture to the youth masses. Of course, before the first note of music was played Woodstock was actually a slick, professionally planned event – they had lots of publicity and even the foresight to hire a movie crew –  but it turned into something else once the fences came down. So after Woodstock every time somebody put a couple of bands together they called it a “festival” and any time four or more acts played together outdoors it was billed as the next Woodstock.

That was how they sold the Celebration of Life, an epic outdoor rock festival to be held in central Louisiana, in the middle of June 1971. Oh man, the lineup looked even sweeter than Woodstock: the Allman Brothers Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, the Beach Boys, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Johnny Winter and many more over eight or nine days in a Southern paradise right at the summer solstice.

What it turned out to be, though, was a stinking mess. Many of the advertised acts didn’t show or refused to play, kids had to camp out for days before organizers even opened the gates and let anyone in, and once they did conditions were horrid at best and dangerous at worst. I know, because I was there. Unfortunately.

In June 1971 I turned 16 years old and I got my Texas drivers’ license. There was this one dude in our neighborhood who was older and he knew another dude who worked at the local newspaper Port Arthur News – they said they had some “press passes” to the Celebration of Life but no ride to Louisiana. Being young, stupid and in possession of a car, I volunteered to drive; they said they’d book a hotel so we would have some place to stay and they would pick up my food if I paid for gas. So I show up to pick up my two friends and magically there’s a fourth, some dude named Tommy.

This festival was in a place called McCrea, Louisiana, along the Atchafalaya River north of what is known as Cajun Country. Wow, I remember thinking, days along this lazy slow-moving river and nights in an air-conditioned hotel … it still sounded cool to me, even as we encountered the first traffic jam heading to the festival site. As we got closer I could see people everywhere – camped atop the big levees that ran along the river, shirtless dudes laying in the grass and smoking pot. A grim Louisiana state policeman pointed us in the direction of a huge, muddy field that was the parking lot. Kids were hanging out of minivans, sleeping in open car trunks and atop car hoods. We pulled up behind a naked dude taking a piss right out in the open.

Now this was Friday afternoon; the festival was supposed to have been going on for five days before and people there told us there was some kind of “hassle” with lawyers and promoters which kept the gates closed but music was supposed to start once it got dark. We made our way to the ticket booths, and my newspaper man walked up confidently to will call. He came slinking back shortly; “Our passes aren’t there, man.” So let’s go check in to the hotel, eh? Uh, man, we can’t leave … we’re here for the MUSIC. At which point I realized I’d been had. No tickets, no hotel … and no music. Just a long drive back to Texas.

We got back to the car just as the sun started to set, then this bearded hippie approached us. “When it gets dark, man, I’ll help you get in,” he said. This was beginning to sound like a bad idea. So a few minutes later we were following this dumbass through the swamp and we came upon a huge fence. Some shirtless redneck with no teeth was guarding the fence, or rather a large hole in the fence. The press entrance, I suppose.

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One million readers! Thanks.

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on December 9, 2010 by 30daysout

We're havin' a party ... in our room.

Today we reached the milestone of one million readers, since we started this blog in March 2008.  We have been lucky to get around 1,000 or so readers a day since then, but there’s been quite a flood of readers the past few days … we owe it to Sweet Sweet Connie and Howard Stern.  She was on Stern’s show Wednesday, and the resulting interest pushed us up the last 20,000 readers in just two days.

We really appreciate your reading this blog.  We also appreciate your interest in our strange little stories, and your indulgence in letting us play old records and stuff.  Honestly, we thought we would have been shut down by now for one reason or another.

Anyway, thanks!  Here’s our little party:

MP3: “Freakin’ At The Freaker’s Ball” by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

MP3: “Magic Party” by Ted Nugent

MP3: “Rip This Joint” by the Rolling Stones

MP3: “Party (You Shout)” by Andrew W.K.

MP3: “Party At The End of the World” by Jimmy Buffett

MP3: “Boogie” by John Hartford

MP3: “Wang Dang Doodle” by Koko Taylor

MP3: “Gonna Pull A Party” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “When the Levee Breaks” by Memphis Minnie

MP3: “Party In My Pants” by Roger Alan Wade

MP3: “Boogie Till You Puke” by Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band

MP3: “The Party’s Over” by Willie Nelson

Benefit for Houston music legend Freddie Everett

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2008 by 30daysout


UPDATE: We learned that Freddie Everett died yesterday, April 2, 2009.  He was a strong, courageous man as well as a brilliant musician.

In the Houston area, Freddie Everett is a local legend.  Or he was until 2004, when he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  Everett, best known for his Hendrix-inspired guitar pyrotechnics, has not been able to play because this disease slowly destroys the body’s ability to control its motor functions while keeping the mind intact.

Thanks to treatment and care at The Methodist Hospital and a unique device that allows Freddie to operate a computer by simply moving his eye, Everett can make music again.  He has created a new album, The Fire of Faith, which should go on sale soon.

Two big benefits are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (April 19 and 20) — proceeds go to help Freddie and wife Annette continue his medical care.  Saturday’s event, at the Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Freeway, begins at 11 a.m. and will feature 10 bands and “special guests.”  On Sunday, the party moves to The Concert Pub, 5636 Richmond Ave., with six bands beginning at 11 a.m.

Tickets to each event are $20 at the door ($15 in advance) for adults, and $5 for kids 13-17 years old. 

Freddie Everett was legendary in Houston and Texas music circles for his fluid and super-fast guitar skills and Hendrixian showmanship.  He and his band opened for Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and Sammy Hagar, and Everett recorded with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble. 

Please come out this weekend and help support this gifted musician.

Freddie Everett’s website

The Methodist Hospital

Firehouse Saloon

The Concert Pub

MP3: Freddie Everett clip 1 from The Fire of Faith

MP3: Freddie Everett clip 2 from The Fire of Faith

MP3: Freddie Everett clip 3 from The Fire of Faith

YouTube: Freddie Everett performance from 2002

YouTube: Freddie Everett on the MDA Labor Day Telethon

Story on Freddie Everett from KHCW, Channel 39