May 15, 2023
In this episode of Grating the Nutmeg, Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society takes you back to the greatest rock concert that never happened.
In 1970, a planned 3-day rock concert at Powder Ridge in Middlefield was cancelled after an injunction by the town. But tens of thousands of young people showed up anyway and proceeded to have one hell of a party. Belanger speaks with filmmaker Gorman Bechard, who's working on a documentary about Powder Ridge. Gorman peels back the many layers of this story, including a shady promoter, the town's grudge against a property owner, and the one famous musician who braved the police to show up and perform -- with an amp hooked up to a Mister Softee truck.
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Want to know more about Connecticut’s rock and roll venues? Listen to our podcast episode on the legendary Toad’s Place Nightclub in New Haven here: https://gratingthenutmeg.libsyn.com/156-the-legendary-toads-place-nightclub-in-new-haven
Connecticut Explored, the nonprofit organization that publishes Connecticut Explored magazine, announced its “20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History,” series highlighting 20 “Game Changers” whose work is advancing the study, interpretation, and dissemination of Connecticut history. The initiative, funded by Connecticut Humanities and sponsored by Trinity College, is the centerpiece of Connecticut Explored’s year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary. Subscribe to our magazine at https://simplecirc.com/subscribe/connecticut-explored
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This episode was produced by Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society and engineered by Patrick O’Sullivan of https://www.highwattagemedia.com/