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Moondance Jam VI classic rock fest will bring back memories, create new ones
Music of national acts spans a generation

Pilot-Independent, Navigator
By Paul Nye

June 12 & July 3, 1997

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.