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1970 Wadena Rock Festival

Iowa’s Woodstock, the 1970 Wadena Rock Festival


I WAS 21 YEARS OLD and those three days are locked in my memories forever…the sounds, the smells, the electricity in the air, the friends, the music. It was magic…and I would write about it later—“To a time when only dreams had the power to transcend and bring us together, beyond the unrest, one by one as friends.  Kindred souls, sharing a moment, bound by love and freedom. Moved by the words and music…we danced to a different drum.”

Today in Wadena you don’t sense that 40 years ago this area was site of Iowa’s milestone rock festival with nearly 40,000 attending the three-day event, July 31-Aug. 2, 1970—Mason Proffitt, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Everly Brothers, Joan Baez, REO Speedwagon, POCO, Buffy Ste. Marie, Luther Allison & Albert King, The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Johnny Rivers – “Seventh Son”