Friday, 5 August 2011

Berkeley Folk Festival - 1961


  1. It's interesting to see these programs in order. I see that the 1961 program has more events, and a few different venues as well: Pauley Ballroom, Bear's Lair, and so on. I think the Student Union Building (in which both were located) had just been built.

  2. As we progress through the 1960s it is clear that the folk festival adapted to the times with additional venues being utilised and a clear shift to the new folk-rock being visible from 1966 with the electric blues and folk based bands beginning to infiltrate in to the more traditional domain. A reader had noted seeing the Chambers Brothers, unscheduled, perform in 1967 further demonstrating that the new wave of music was, at the very least, being recognised by the folk purists. WE can also see from 1965 onwards how many of the festival attendees would also perform at other local venues, such as the Cabale Creamery and the Jabberwock.