It’s been 50 years since the “Summer of Love” – a moment in history when peace, love and freedom inspired positive grassroots change and experimental music flourished.
The Ardmore Music Hall is partnering with Victory Brewing and 102.9 WMGK to host "Summer of Love" beginning Thursday, May 18 to celebrate legendary musicians of the period, featuring tributes to Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Monterey Pop and more.
The event kicks off with the Airplane Family & Friends and Live Dead '69. The Airplane Family reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna alumni Darby Slick, Slick Aguilar and Peter Kaukonen and others. Live Dead ‘69 features original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten who played all the keyboards on the original “Live Dead” recording and Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog and The Other Ones, which featured every other surviving Grateful Dead member. Live Dead 69 will perform the classic “Live Dead” in its entirety for the first time ever.
On Saturday, June 3, popular, Beatles tribute, The Newspaper Taxis, will perform the classic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in its entirety in honor of the album’s 50th anniversary. Bird Watcher and special guests will open and play the solo music of The Beatles’ members.
The following weekend, Ardmore Music Hall will welcome back countercultural icon and activist Wavy Gravy as the guest of honor for the Grateful Dead, Unlimited Devotion: A Weekend of Goodness celebration. This jam-packed weekend will also feature performances by Steve Kimock (RatDog), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident), John Kadlecik (Furthur), Vinnie Amico (Moe.), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) and more. Enjoy an art exhibit of historic concert posters and screening of the Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip. Proceeds will benefit the Rex Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow. For more details on this event, click here.
On Saturday, June 17, AMH presents Ardmore Pop, a tribute to the apex of the Summer of Love, the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Talented musicians, such as Indigenous, Johnny Showcase, Ali Wadsworth and The End Of America will be recreating Monterey Pop performances from Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and The Byrds.
For more information on AMH’s Summer of Love series, and to purchase tickets, visit the AMH website here.
The Ardmore Music Hall, located at 23 East Lancaster Ave., has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many renowned local and national touring musical acts.
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