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Big Rock Concert 20,000 Expected In Saugus
April 25, 1969
The Signal
Newhall, California

The eastern edge of Valencia Valley will lose its inert quietness next weekend and will rock to the hard sounds of a “Country-Pop” concert.

The ambitious promoter of the outdoor show, Mrs. Jeanette Wilchere of Magna Artists, reports she had signed 24 groups for the May 3-4 show already – and that she is in the process of signing many more.

The concert will run from 10a.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday without stopping – 38 straight hours of music.

A possible hassle with neighbors of Acton’s Stallion Oaks Ranch, where the concert will be held, was averted by Mrs. Wilchere who said that she has purchased the ranch.

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The concert, to be held on the 38-acre ranch, is expected to draw close to 10,000 each day, for two days. In order to avert trouble, the promoters have hired 500 security officers to patrol the grounds.

Some of the artists already signed include country singers Buck Owens, Jeannie C. Riley (who rose to stardom with her version of “Harper Valley PTA,”) The Dillards, Rick Nelson, Jody Miller, Gordon Lightfoot, Dillard and Clarke, Molly Bee, and Linda Rondstat, who turned from the pop field into country in her latest album “Hand Sown, Home Grown.”

Rock groups who have signed for the concert include the Cowsills, Earth Opera, the Strawberry Alarm Clock, Gordian Knot, Hedge and Donna West, Harper’s Bizarre and the Youngbloods.

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