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Festival Express

 

Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary
June 27 - July 5, 1970
Originally called the Transcontinental Pop Festival
First Poster

, this rolling whiskey train
Bar Car?

crossed Canada in mid-summer 1970 with a better group of folks you'd ever wanna hangout with. The Dead, The Band, Janis (& her new group), Buddy Guy, Ian & Sylvia, and a whole lot more just playin' and funnin' along for the ride. Throw in a few concerts where they were playing probably the best shows of their careers and it's a train ride you don't want to end. Sorta like Polar Express for grown-ups.
Set up mess, Montreal cancel, booze stop, windup.
Full Story.

Autostade, Montreal
June 24


Show cancelled

CNE Stadium, Toronto
June 27, 28


The Band
Janis Joplin
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Eric Andersen
Ian & Sylvia with Great Speckled Bird
Grateful Dead
Tom Rush
Mountain
Ten Years After
Traffic
Seatrain
Charlebois
James & The Good Brothers
Cat
Mashmakhan
Modern Rock Quartet

Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
July 1


The Band
Janis Joplin
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Eric Andersen
Ian & Sylvia with Great Speckled Bird
Grateful Dead
Tom Rush
Mountain
Charlebois
James & The Good Brothers
Cat
Mashmakhan
Justin Tyme
Walrus

McMahon Stadium, Calgary
July 4, 5


The Band
Janis Joplin
Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Eric Andersen
Ian & Sylvia with Great Speckled Bird
Grateful Dead
Tom Rush
Mountain
Sha Na Na
Smith
Charlebois
James & The Good Brothers
Mashmakhan
Ides of March
Gallery
Happy Feeling
Parallel
Done On Bradstreet


The story of how the film came to have its world premiere in 2003 at The Toronto International Film Festival is as intersting as the story of the actual festival. Suffice to say that the film "disappeared" for 20 years and some of the cans were used as street hockey goal posts. In the US, the film opened in the summer of 2004, but more folks have seen (or bought) the DVD.
The music is phenomenal and the "stars" had a great time. Mickey Hart said that, "Woodstock was a treat for the audience, but the train was a treat for the performers." Everybody cooks great—outstanding stuff by The Band, Janis and her much better Full Tilt Boogie Band (in, sadly, one of her last appearances ever), and the informal, alcohol-influenced jams. Enjoy the ride!
Oh, don't confuse this with Festival, another great music event documentary, but in a very different place (Newport, 60s)—also essential viewing. In fact one winter day, you could watch Festival, Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Festival Express and have a really nice day (and learn something)! You don't even have to pay attention all the time—let the music take you away...
Festival Express
Warner Home Video
11/2004
Movie Poster

Movie
Grateful Dead Casey Jones -
Grateful Dead Don't Ease Me In -
Grateful Dead Friend Of The Devil -
The Band Slippin' And Slidin' -
Delaney & Bonnie etc Goin' Down The Road -
Buddy Cage/ Various Artists Traditional Country Song -
Buddy Guy & Rick Danko Baby Here I Come -
Jerry Garcia & Sylvia Tyson Better Take Jesus' Hand (1st version) -
Mashmakan Comin' Home Baby -
Buddy Guy Money -
Flying Burrito Bros Lazy Day -
The Band The Weight -
Janis Joplin Cry Baby -
Buddy Guy & Jerry Garcia I Can't Do It Baby -
Rick Danko & Janis etc Ain't No More Cane -
Buddy Guy & Rick Danko Soul Jam -
Various Artists Sunshine Of Your Love -
Sha Na Na Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay -
Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird CC Rider -
Grateful Dead New Speedway Boogie -
The Band I Shall Be Released -
Janis Joplin Tell Mama -
Janis Joplin Me & Bobby McGee -
New Riders of the Purple Sage Better Take Jesus' Hand (1st version) -
Bonus Material
Grateful Dead Hard To Handle -
Grateful Dead Easy Wind -
Janis Joplin Move Over -
Janis Joplin Kozmic Blues -
Buddy Guy Hoochie Coochie Man -
Mashmakhan As Years Go By -
Eric Anderson Thirsty Boots -
Ian & Sylvia Tears Of Rage -
Tom Rush Child's Song -
Seatrain Thirteen Questions -

Songs about the festival:
Might As Well Jerry Garcia (with Grateful Dead) (Reflections) 2/76

Links!
Festival Express DVD
Details from The Band website

 


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