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Miami Rocks Opening Party at HistoryMiami Museum

Miami Rocks Opening Party at HistoryMiami MuseumFriday, May 18, 6pm-9pm – HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W Flagler St, Miami

Guests decked out in their favorite 1960s outfits and came for a party on the plaza to celebrate the opening of HistoryMiami Museum’s new photography exhibition on the Miami Pop Festival! Did you know that Miami hosted the first East Coast rock festival? From May 18-19, 1968, the Miami Pop Festival took place at Gulfstream Park and featured legendary performers like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, and others. HistoryMiami Museum features this historic festival through an exhibition of rare photographs by Ken Davidoff, archival footage, and artifacts that illuminate the story of this groundbreaking event. Opening on the festival’s 50th anniversary, the exhibition highlights Miami in the late 1960s, organizers Ric O’Barry and Michael Lang (who later organized Woodstock), and the festival itself. It also includes the second Miami Pop Festival, which featured the Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, and Fleetwood Mac. Attendees enjoyed live music, with special guests Leon Hendrix and Lee Tiger, complimentary drinks, and a first look at the exhibit.

Pictures by: Ivan Calderon


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