Jam VI classic rock fest will bring back memories, create new ones
Music of national acts spans a generation
June 12-July 3, 1997
By Paul Nye
The names of the ten national headliners scheduled to appear at Moondance
Jam VI this July 10-12 may not he immediately recognizable to younger
people, but to those people who know the music and bands, it is timeless.
In fact, many of the top hits that were recorded by the 10 national acts
to appear is music that is still heard on many radio stations across
the country. It. may he played under formats of classic rock, oldies,
southern rock, or other terms. But one thing for sure is once the amps
are cranked up and the melodies are belted out, many young people attending
this year’s jam may he saying to themselves, "So that’s
the group that did that song.... I've heard that before." Nonetheless,
the music may have more meaning to older (35 and over) people who attend
the Jam because it defined a generation in which they grew up.
Some of the songs performed at this year’s jam will span a generation.
From the Turtles "Happy Together," to Marshall Tucker Band's "Heard
It In A Love Song" . . .. From Felix Cavaliere's Rascals’ "It's
A Beautiful Morning," or "Groovin’," to Grand Funk’s "I’m
Your Captain" ... From America's "Ventura Highway," and "Horse
With No Name," to Corey Stevens' "Blue Drops of Rain" ...
Moondance Jam VI will feature these timeless hits. Undoubtedly, many
memories will be brought back and new ones created. It is perhaps for
this reason that the Jam is viewed and promoted as a family event.
National acts headlining this year's jam will be Loverboy, Southern
rockers Marshall Tucker, America, Nazareth, Grand Funk Railroad, blues-rocker
Corey Stevens and Texas Flood, The Classic Rock All-Stars, popular ’60s
retro groups Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Turtles, and REO
Speedwagon. The national acts will be complimented by six regional bands – a
Moondance Jam tradition – that will perform earlier in the afternoon
during the three-day festival. Regional bands scheduled to appear include
the Retractions (local host band Ripchord, Anomaly, NPZ, Power Play and
the Rock-a-Billy Revue.
A new, enlarged camping area of 160 acres north of the performance site
will also be available festivalgoers. Sixty acres of camping are open,
with 100 acres in the wooded area. Private showers will also be available.
Additionally, the parking area adjacent to the concert fairgrounds has
been expanded to 100 acres. Northern Lights Casino has offered free parking
to jam-goers. Five shuttle vans will run continuously between the casino
and the jam site.
The Hubbard County Mounted Posse will provide 24-hour security on both
the concerts fairgrounds as well as the parking and camping areas.
Concessions, food and beverages will be available on the concert fairgrounds.
VIP tickets are also available for $200. The price includes a three-day
pass to the jam, beverages and food.
A three-day advance pass to the jam is $40. After June 30 and up until
July 8, advance three-day passes will be $50. Daily passes at the gate
will be available for $30.