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Summer of Love Festival – Barry “The Fish” Melton Band, Lester Chambers & Nick Gravenites
Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm| $25 - $75
Doors open 7PM | Show starts at 8PM
Single Day Pass: $25 | 5-Day Festival Pass: $75 (Discounted: $15/event)
Front Row Table $200
4 Seats Per Table ($50 per seat)
Summer of Love Festival 2017 – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love
The Summer of Love is a celebration of the original “Human Be-In” held in San Francisco in 1967 promoting the principles of Peace, Love and Compassion. This event is considered by many to be the birth of the counter-culture and the spark that ignited the 60’s Hip movement; which took the world by storm. Presidents were impeached and wars were stopped, a sea of humanity stood up and said “Hell No”. This pivotal moment was the start of many earth-shattering events and a mass spiritual awaking that inspired the Peace Movement, Anti-War Movement, The Environmental Movements, Gay Rights Movement, Women’s Movement etc all having their start and taking hold during this period.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, featuring: Peter Albin, Roy Blumenfeld, David Bennett Cohen, Joli Valenti, David Aguilar, Nick Gravenites, Lester Chambers and Barry “The Fish” Melton Band
Barry “The Fish” Melton
In 1965, Barry “The Fish” Melton co-founded the musical group Country Joe and the Fish, and began his career as a guitarist and singer, recording and touring with “Country Joe” McDonald as a duo and with various bands.
According to the fabled Rough guide to Rock, Country Joe & The Fish formed in Berkeley, California, 1965 and made substantial contributions to the halcyon days of psychedelic musicbarry-melton-bio. The very same Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton graced Northampton with this intimate gig, taking to the hot seat only after Joe Woolley set the scene with his always delightfully affecting yet unaffected acoustic ditties.
Turns out that like a fine wine you’ve never heard of but you know you’re going to enjoy, Barry Melton is rich and satisfying in the drinking. Far from stuck in a 1960s time warp, he recalls Woodstock psychedelia with the wry humour of a man who knows that getting wasted and writing songs about hamburgers falling in love with hotdogs is a novelty that just won’t last.
Lester Chambers was born and raised with his twelve siblings in Lee County Mississippi. His Baptist parents encouraged all thirteen of their children to sing in the local church choir. This early passion for music continued when the family moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950’s.
New York was quick to embrace this unique psychedelic, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel group and Columbia Records scored a huge pop hit with a first ever 11-minute single. Time Has Come Today, the title track became an anthem of the era. Like their good friends, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone, they were filling arenas with both white and black kids for the first time.
Nick Gravenites grew up on the south side of Chicago hanging out in the mid-50’s with a coterie of misfit white kids – Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield – who went on to form that protean powerhouse of watershed white blues, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In addition to authoring the classic “Born In Chicago” and “East West” for Butterfield, Gravenites scribed hits for Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Michael Bloomfield, Electric Flag, Pure Prairie League, Tracy Nelson, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, and James Cotton. He has appeared on some 40 albums as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer.