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Woodstock Festival (1969)

Laurel's racetrack hosted big-name jazz in 1960s

Laurel's racetrack hosted big-name jazz in 1960s

In a "History Matters" column almost four years ago, I wrote about the Laurel Pop Festival that took place in 1969 at what was then called Laurel Race Course. Many found it hard to believe Laurel hosted a rock festival that featured some of the biggest names of the time: Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and others. The lineup included three acts that performed at Woodstock a month later, and a fourth that was scheduled, but they broke up right after the Laurel Pop Festival. In fact, seven performers or groups who played at Laurel are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and two have received Kennedy Center Honors.

The same promoters...