Ken Davidoff Backstage waiting for the Rolling Stones at The 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival ( First Annual Palm Beach Music and Arts Festival ) with Grace Slick after The Jefferson Airplane performed in the early morning in the freezing Florida weather. The Rolling Stones started playing at 4:00 A.M..
On November 24th 2012, at Palm Beach International Raceway, 17047 Beeline Highway, in Jupiter Fl., there was an historical marker unveiling to commemorate the 1969 Palm Beach Pop Festival. It was the 43rd anniversary of that event. Jason Rittenberry, Pres./CEO of PBIR, Mark Stein, an original member of Vanilla Fudge, a band that played at the '69 festival, Jack Connell and Ken Davidoff of OLDROCKPHOTO were present to help with the unveiling..
This festival was one the most important ROCK FESTIVALS of the summer of '69. It was the only festival appearance of The Rolling Stones, who were the closing act. This festival featured the Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and Vanilla Fudge Jam. It also had the majority of the rock bands that played at Woodstock, including the first band to perform there, Sweetwater. This festival almost never happened; the combination of government opposition and extremely bad weather conditions was almost overwhelming.