August 30, 31 and September 1. Held two weeks after Woodstock, The 1969 Texas Pop Festival is the best surprise outside of Monterey, Woodstock and Isle of Wight. There's even a website - www.texaspopfestival.com - that has more info that I can supply! This festival never became a household name but it should have. First, the cds themselves. On the bottom you'll find an accurate Texas Pop Festival setlist - so if you own all or most of the below cds, you can burn a version of all of it together but in the same order as it happened!

There are no known official cds here. Only bootlegs.

Texas International Pop Festival 1969

A great compilation bootleg. The audience comments make this a classic. Texans talking like hippies. Or hippies talking like Texans? I didn't know all of the bands on this collection but I ended up liking every part of it. Other great parts include the Chief of Police who speaks, Santana, and Sweetwater (we get two songs from the band that opened Woodstock two weeks earlier). This is the only known bootleg with Sweetwater material. The only other cd featuring Sweetwater is their official cd, Cycles. Anyone have any more audio or video?

B. B. King


Chicago Transit Authority

In the '80s, Chicago did bubblegum music (if it was part of their retirement plan, it was excuseable!). In the 60's, they were a rock band. My favorites were "Does Anybody Know What Time It Is," "7.25 or 6 to 4" and "I'm a Man." The trademark Chicago horns sound great in Texas. This and the Led Zeppelin set are my two favorite full shows from the Texas Pop Festival.

Don't Mess With Texas

Led Zeppelin's first big US performance. Too bad they missed Woodstock! They played "Dazed and Confused," "You Shook Me," "Communication Breakdown" and more. This show introduced me to Led Zeppelin's live sound. Today I have over 50 shows and most of their studio releases.

Johnny Winter


Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone do it again -- just like at Woodstock!

Ten Years After - Texas International Pop Festival

Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Ten Years After and Sweetwater all were busy during the month of August 1969. They all played Woodstock and the Texas Pop Festival. It must be quite a rush to play in front of hundreds of thousands of people twice in two weeks! Now that's a small club.

Janis Joplin

Janis plays a shorter, but just as energetic, set as she did two weeks earlier at Woodstock. Wavy Gravy introduces the Texas babe. Question: What's the Bee Gees connection to Woodstock and The Texas Pop Festival? Janis played their song To Love Somebody (written by Barry and Robin Gibb) at both rock festivals!

Spirit

I've never heard of Spirit. Its a nice jam.

Rotary Connection

Another pleasant surprise from these festivals. Never'd heard of them but its cool music!

The James Cotton Blues Band


And now for instructions on how to build your own Texas Pop Festival Complete.

VOLUME ONE (DAY 1)
8/30/69

DISC ONE
GRAND FUNK (RAILWAY)
1. Are You Ready
CANNED HEAT
2. Bullfrog Blues
3. RolliníAnd Tumbliní
4. Bob Hite Speaks
5. You Canít Do No Better
HERBIE MANN
6. Tangerine
TONY JOE WHITE
7. Polk Salad Annie
8. Aspen Colarado
9. Elements & Things
10. Roosevelt & Ira Lee
11. Hard To Handle
LOU MITCHELL
12. Lewd And Loose In Lewisville (Tape bleed through from another song)

DISC TWO
1.CHIEF OF POLICE COMMENTS ON CROWD
8/30-31/69
JAMES COTTON BLUES BAND

2. Instrumental
3. Blues In My Sleep
4. Soul Survivor
5. Knock On Wood
6. Nine Below Zero
7. Dust My Broom
8. Harmonica Blues
9. Blues Jam
10. Turn On Your Lovelight
11. MAYOR OF LEWISVILLE COMMENTS ON CROWD

DISC THREE
SAM & DAVE
1. Instrumental
2. I Take What I Want
3. Iíve Been Loving You Too Long
4. May I Baby
5. Soul Man
6. AUDIENCE COMMENT
JANIS JOPLIN
7. Wavy Gravy Announcement
8. Raise Your Hand
9. As Good As Youíve Been
10. Try
11. Maybe
12. To Love Somebody
13. Summertime

VOLUME TWO (DAY 2)
8/31/69
DISC FOUR
INCREDIBLE STRING BAND
1. Waiting For You
2. Black Jack Day
3. AUDIENCE COMMENT
ROTARY CONNECTION
4. Lady Jane
5. Ruby Tuesday
6. Stormy Monday
7. Let Me Ride Your Sunshine
8. Let Them Talk

DISC FIVE
DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS
1. Get Ourselves Together
2. Ghetto
3. When The Battle Is Over
4. I Canít Take It Much Longer
5. Things Get Better
6. ON SITE DOCTOR COMMENT
SANTANA
7. Evil Ways
8. You Just Donít Love
9. Shades Of Time
10. Jingo
11. Treat
12. Soul Sacrifice

DISC SIX
1. AUDIENCE COMMENT
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

2. Introduction
3. Piano Intro
4. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is
5. South California Purples
6. Beginnings
7. 25 Or 6 To 4
8. Iím A Man

DISC SEVEN
LED ZEPPELIN

1. Train Kept A Rolliní
2. I Canít Quit You
3. Dazed And Confused
4. You Shook Me
5. How Many More Times
6. Communication Breakdown

VOLUME 3 (DAY 3)
9/1/69
DISC EIGHT

1. CHIEF OF POLICE SPEAKS TO THE CROWD
SPIRIT
2. Instrumental
3. Iím Truckiní
4. Fresh Garbage
5. Poor Richard
6. Groundhog Jam
7. Policemanís Ball
8. Mechanical World
9. I Got A Line On You
10. Arenít You Glad
11. MAYOR SPEAKS TO THE CROWD
SWEETWATER
12. Whatís Wrong
13. Why Oh Why

DISC NINE
1. CHIEF OF POLICE COMMENT
B.B. KING (8/30 - 9/1/69)
2. Intro/Sweet Sixteen
3. Please Accept My Love
4. Everybody Wants To Know
5. Donít Want A Soul
6. Hanging Around
7. Thatís Wrong Little Mama
8. How Blue Can You Get
9. Whole Lot Of Loviní
10. Everyday I Have The Blues

DISC TEN
1. POLICE COMMENT
JOHNNY WINTER

2. Mean Town Blues
3. Black Cat Bone
4. Mean Mistreater
5. Talk To Your Daughter
6. Look Up
7. I Can Leave You Baby

DISC ELEVEN
TEN YEARS AFTER

1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. I Canít Keep From Crying
3. Hobbit
4. Spoonful
5. Iím Going Home

DISC TWELVE
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

1. MíLady
2. Sing A Simple Song
3. You Can Make It If You Try
4. Stand
5. Everyday People
6. Dance To The Music
7. I Want To Take You Higher
8. AFTER FESTIVAL CLEAN UP COMMENT TO CROWD

The Texas Pop Festival Complete setlist was compiled by Mark Kirklin. As some bands played more than once, its not 100% accurate, but its good enough to get the point across! I had the above cds but hadn't put them together in order - like I did with Woodstock. Enjoy!

kenny@sahr.com www.sahr.com