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.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun