Now this must have been one hell of a weekend even if it was held at the end of November and the weather was, well let’s just say it was typical festival conditions. It was the only US festival the Rolling Stones played in 1969, almost all the original Woodstock line-up turned out and the icing on an already pretty impressive cake was that one of our favourite bands played too – the mighty Rotary Connection.
The setting was Palm Beach International Raceway and the full title of the weekend was ‘First Annual Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival’. It almost never happened due to jittery local government officials and the aforementioned weather. However, sometimes when the stars are aligned and the wind is blowing in the right direction great things come together and Palm Beach has been acknowledged by many as the best festival of ’69 and a resounding success. All for the princely sum of $20 for three days of great sounds including the Stones, Janis Joplin, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, Sly and the Family Stone and of course Rotary Connection.