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Gulfstream takes us back to 1968, with Woodstock vibe

Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa are long gone, but Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino officials remember when they rocked the racetrack.

That was in 1968 – a year before Woodstock -- at the Miami Pop Festival.

On July 4, Gulfstream (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will commemorate the event by unveiling a historical marker and hosting three figures familiar with the story. The event will be part of a family-friendly Independence Day celebration including pony rides, bounce houses, carnival games and food, an All-American buffet and a fireworks show.

Who’ll be there? Michael Lang, who produced Woodstock a year after he produced the Miami Pop Festival; Jimi Hendrix’s brother, Leon Hendrix; and Ric O’Barry, who co-produced Miami Pop with Lang before becoming the founder of the Dolphin Project.

All three will sign (i.e., sell) books: Lang’s “The Road to Woodstock,” O’Barry’s “Behind the Dolphin Smile” and Hendrix’s “A Brother’s Story.”

The Rough Shot Band will play music from the 1968 festival in the walking ring between 8 and 11 p.m. The fireworks will go off at 9 p.m.

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