Texas International Pop Festival 50 Years On

| June 6, 2019

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“Labor Day weekend 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, more than 100,000 music fans came to Lewisville for the Texas International Pop Festival, at the former Dallas International Motor Speedway and a smaller free stage on the shores of Lewisville Lake. Performers at that three-day music festival included Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Santana, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), and more.”

She remembers piling into the the green station wagon with the entire family, driving down to Lewisville, to the Speedway … and driving slowly through the event. “It was a people watching experience. It was a huge crowd of hippies, guys with long hair, colorful clothes. The energy was electric. Everybody seemed to be having a great time. There were so many people.” That’s my wife’s recollection of the first Texas International Pop Festival.

Another (even older) friend recalls it this way. “I remember hearing Santana. It was brand new. What a rhythm! Janis Joplin at four in the morning. You could get anything you wanted there. There were naked kids all over Lake Lewisville.”

To some extent it parallels the tent city experience I had at Andy Bowie State Park at the Jetties on South Padre Island, Texas. It was a gawker fest for a prepubescent kid. Crocheted bikinis with nipples carelessly protruding. I had no idea what I was looking at of course, but in retrospect? Those were the days.

LET THE REVIVAL BEGIN

Here is the 2019 Lineup for the 50th. Anniversary Texas International Pop Festival.

SATURDAY

  • Shivas Headband
  • Alan Kaye as Joe Cocker
  • Bombasta
  • Sarah Jaffe
  • John Mayall
  • Edgar Winter
  • ZZ TOP

SUNDAY

  • Glen Clark Band
  • Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
  • Animotion
  • Shemika Copeland
  • The Box Tops
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Chicago

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