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WPKN Music On Film: Festival Express @ the Bijou Theatre
March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$12
In the summer of 1970, some of the era’s biggest rock stars took to the rails for FESTIVAL EXPRESS, a multi-artist, multi-city concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable: for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that travelled from Toronto to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. The entire experience was filmed both off-stage and on, but the extensive footage and audio tape of the events remained locked away for decades, only recently having been rediscovered and restored.
Bands on the train and in the film include: Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, Ian & Silvia’s Great Speckled Bird and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.
The film FESTIVAL EXPRESS is a huge achievement in rock film archeology that combines the long-lost material with contemporary interviews that add important context to the event.