February 21, 2014
Thirty-thousand hippies camped out on a mountain for three days, in defiance of local officials, tripping their brains out on LSD, and baked on weed in the hot sun, hanging out in hopes that an all-star lineup including the Allman Brothers, Jethro Tull, Chuck Berry and many others would play, stomachs rumbling without adequate concessions. But none of the big acts performed because of a court-ordered injunction (save one who risked arrest by playing). It sounds like a nightmare, or maybe a free-love dream if you squint. The Powder Ridge Music Festival was scheduled for late July in 1970 in Middlefield, and it was meant to be the next Woodstock. But it turned into a cluster of freaks waiting for something to happen. It was a non-event in the end, but one that went down in the history books for being such a massive flame-out.
See the stories about the flame-out here.