Texas International Pop Festival

Denton music: Then and Now

Denton IS music and the musical roots run deep. Much of that has to do with world-renowned music school at what was NTSU…now UNT. The alumni who passed through that school and either remained in Denton or moved on to other things (notice, I DID NOT say “bigger and better”) are numerous and varied. Other blogs and articles frequently name them all, so I will spare you, but our great town is the breeding ground for musical greatness.

But not all musical greatness of Denton and Denton County originated here.

When I first returned to Denton after a move from our paradise, someone mentioned the Rolling Stones playing once in Denton. Without hesitation, I said, “it never happened”. I based that on the time before I disappeared into the Denton diaspora.

I quickly found out that I was wrong. I was shocked to find that the Stones HAD played at the Texas Motor Speedway…..(I think I was mostly shocked that I’d been wrong). That show was not the first mega Rock show in Denton County. In fact, another show almost three decades before, eclipsed even the Rolling Stones.

From August 30 to September 1, 1969, a field near the intersection of I-35 and Round Grove Road in Lewisville was the scene of the Texas International Pop Festival. The TIPF played host to truly epic bands of the day and bands which went on to become Rock Royalty. To name a few, Canned Heat, Chicago (then Chicago Transit Authority), Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (think Eric Clapton), Led Zepplin, Sly (born in Denton) and the Family Stone and Ten Years After….all played the festival.

Texas International Pop Festival

Texas International Pop Festival

Official  Historic Marker

Official Historic Marker

Original Lineup

Original Lineup

This was just two weeks after the festival of all festivals, Woodstock, and many of the same bands played both.

Denton was cool even then….

Not to let history go to waste, let’s fast-forward to October 2013. That month, as a tribute to the Texas International Pop Festival, Geezerpalooza was born on Industrial Street in Denton. The festival featured tribute bands of the ’60s- 70s era and has become an annual event.

Original Geezers

Original Geezers

The turnout has always been great and is now eagerly anticipated by those who have previously partaken.

THIS year, the Industrial Street Pop Festival (formerly known as Geezerpalooza) will take place October 18th on Industrial Street (go figure), from 1-8pm.

Industrial Street will be cleared of vehicles and a stage in front of Dan’s Silverleaf will be the setting for this lineup:

1:30-2:30 4 Way Street (Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young)
3:00-4:430 LZ129 (Led Zeppelin)
5:00-5:00 Bar Band (The Band)
6:30-8 Naked Lunch (Steely Dan)

(Not available for Industrial Street Pop Festival)

(Not available for Industrial Street Pop Festival)

The show itself is FREE and food, beverages, cool t-shirts, various vendors and a rock trivia contest will all be available.

If you haven’t been, you should this year!

If you have, you’ll probably be there.

Make plans now to attend this Denton Classic. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a day spun from the fabric of Denton….of fun, festivity, fraternizing, fashion (retro), food, flower power, and FREE first-class music!

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