August 3, 1969

location: Atlantic City Race Track
place: Atlantic City, NJ
country: USA

August 1:
Iron Butterfly, Johnny Winter, Crosby Stills & Nash, Chicago, Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Mother Earth, Santana Blues Band, Booker T & The Mg's

August 2:
Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Tim Buckley, B.B.King, Butterfield Blues Band, Byrds, Hugh Masekela, Lighthouse, American Dream

August 3:
Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Mothers of Invention, Moody Blues, 3 Dog Night, Sir Douglass Quintet [sic], Joe Cocker, Little Richard, Buddy Rich's Big Band, "Doctor John" the Night Tripper

This (almost forgotten) festival took place 2 (!) weeks before the famous Woodstock festival. There were 111,470 visitors.

This poster was sold inside the concert. One of only four posters known to exist.
Measures 22 by 34 inches.

picture taken at this concert

picture taken at this concert

fact sheet


original  ticket from Atlantic City Race Course 8-1-69 (day 1)

original  ticket from Atlantic City Race Course 8-1-69 (day 3)

Scarce pinback from the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival. It measures 1-1/4” diameter with some rust on the back but otherwise, in very good condition. Made by the “Horn Company, Phila. PA. 19126” as noted along the bottom edge. Atlantic City Pop Festival The Atlantic City Pop Festival took place on August 1-3, 1969 at the Atlantic City Race Track. The festival was attended by about 110,000 people and featured many performers including American Dream, Aum, Booker T. & The M.G.s, Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Chicago **Chicago Transit Authority, Joe Cocker, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Credence Clearwater Revival, Dr. John, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Lighthouse, Little Richard, Lothar and the Hand People, Hugh Masekela, Buddy Miles, Joni Mitchell, Mother Earth **Tracy Nelson, Procol Harum, Santana, Sir Douglas Quintet, Three Dog Night, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, and Frank Zappa. Many of the performers and attendees moved on to the Woodstock Festival which was held two weeks later.

This auction is for an Atlantic City Pop Festival 1969 pin with a peace symbol. It measures 1.25 inches The Atlantic City Pop Festival took place in 1969 on August 1, 2 and 3rd at the Atlantic City race track, two weeks before the better known Woodstock Festival. The festival is often confused with the Atlanta International Pop Festival (1969), which took place over the 1969 Fourth of July weekend. [edit] PerformersAttended by some 100,000+ people, the festival featured the following performers (partial list): American Dream Aum Booker T. & The M.G.s Tim Buckley Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Byrds Canned Heat The Chambers Brothers Chicago (as the Chicago Transit Authority) Joe Cocker The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Creedence Clearwater Revival Crosby, Stills & Nash Dr. John Cass Elliot Iron Butterfly Jefferson Airplane Janis Joplin BB King Lighthouse Little Richard Lothar and the Hand People Hugh Masekela Buddy Miles Joni Mitchell The Mothers Of Invention Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth Procol Harum Buddy Rich Biff Rose Santana Sir Douglas Quintet Three Dog Night Johnny Winter

from :
"I'll start at the beginning and try to be brief. I first met Doug at the Atlantic City Pop Festival in 1969 (a few weeks before Woodstock). I was a music journalist covering the festival for The Washington (DC) Star. My brother, Ron, happened to be Director of Publicity for Mercury Records (Doug's label at the time). I sat there and heard one of the best sets of my life. Doug told me afterwards that it seemed unreal on stage to him."
(Michael Oberman)




ATLANTIC CITY POP FESTIVAL  Two weeks before Woodstock

Janis Joplin and Mama Cass ... was their first appearance on the East Coast


AUGUST 1, 2, 3, 1969


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Atlantic City Pop Festival

The Atlantic City Pop Festival took place in 1969 on August 1, 2 and 3rd at the Atlantic City race track, two weeks before Woodstock Festival.

It took place in Hamilton Township at the Atlantic City Race Course

A ticket for the entire 3-day weekend was $15.00 to see all of the performers listed.


Attended by some 100,000+ people, the festival featured the following performers (partial list):


Crosby, Stills & Nash were originally on the lineup but ended up as a no-show, Nash was claimed to have had polyps on his tonsils (but sang at Woodstock two weeks later). The Chambers Brothers substituted for the band at the last-minute. The Moody Blues were also scheduled but the band did not appear.

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter was present but unable to perform because of equipment trouble.

Janis Joplin and Mama Cass introduced Santana as their favorite band; this was their first appearance on the East Coast.

Memorable performances included:

Procol Harum performing "Whiter Shade of Pale".

Iron Butterfly's extended set of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".

The Chambers Brothers followed Iron Butterfly with a memorable rendition of "Time Has Come Today" that had many in the crowd dancing on the huge speakers on the stage, some even with clothes on. They were the final Friday night act.

Dr. John the Night Tripper performing "Gris-Gris" and "Walk on Gilded Splinters".

Little Richard filled in for Johnny Winter playing a set on a white grand piano and rocked the track as he invited the audience to come up and dance on stage.

Janis Joplin and her Full-Tilt Boogie Band electrified the audience with "Try", a cover of The Chantels "Maybe" and "As Good As You've Been To This World". She joined Little Richard on stage for a few tunes as well.
Joni Mitchell Performed one song, complained that people were not listening, "I've just played the same verse twice and no one noticed", then left the stage.

Joe Cocker performing "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Feelin' Alright" while looking spastic playing air guitar.

Mother Earth's lead singer Tracy Nelson wowed the crowd with her bluesy performance of "Mother Earth" and "Down So Low"

Atlantic City Pop Festival

August 1, 1969
Iron Butterfly
Procol Harum
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Booker T & the MGs
Joni Mitchell
Johnny Winter

August 2, 1969
Jefferson Airplane
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crazy World of Arthur Brown
B.B. King
Butterfield Blues Band
Tim Buckley
Hugh Masekela
American Dream

August 3, 1969
Janis Joplin
Canned heat
Mothers of Invention
Sir Douglas Quintet
3 Dog Night
Dr John
Joe Cocker
Buddy Rich Big Band
Little Richard
Moody Blues