Celebration of Life 1971 United States

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A mostly-forgotten large festival from the same group of promoters who put on the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival, the New Orleans Pop Festival, and the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival.The festival was planned to be an eight day event in rural Louisiana, but the promoters fell short on talent, money and organizational skills. The result was a fiasco that was delayed for three days and was significantly lacking in basic amenities (food, water and medical facilities) for the approximately 60,000 that did attend. It was a poorly organized event that delivered only a fraction of the bands that were originally billed. The festival shut down after its third day.
Celebration of Life 1971
Celebration of Life 1971 Poster
Celebration of Life 1971 Brochure
Celebration of Life 1971
Mon Jun 21, 1971 - Mon Jun 28, 1971
Cypress Pointe Plantation
McCrea Louisiana
United States
Years active
  • McCrea 1971, Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival, directed by Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro.

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Arts & Acts

The band War without Eric Burdon as he left the band after collapsing on stage during a European tour in Spring 1971. He played together with Jimmy Witherspoon.
Pink Floyd played but was not listed.
Acts that actually appeared were Stephen Stills Band, John Sebastian, Chuck Berry, Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes, It's a Beautiful Day, Ike & Tina Turner, Country Joe McDonald, The Chambers Brothers, Melanie Safka, WAR, Brownsville Station, Stoneground, Black Oak Arkansas, Bloodrock, Jimmy Witherspoon with Eric Burdon, Ballin'Jack, Boz Scaggs, Delaney and Bonnie, Glass Harp, Ruth Copeland and Potliquor.
The following was billed on a poster of the event. 
The spirit of celebration is man. His relationship with nature and his fellow man. A large spiritual center will be established at Celebration of Life. Teachers from all over the world are being invited to participate. A seminar of holy leaders will consider the topic "How to raise the level of consciousness in our society". Meditation tents, sitar jams, chanting, exercises, and special programs every sunrise will be offered for all who are interested. Let Celebration of Life be a time for you to learn about yourself and your environment.


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A 500-acre soybean plantation. The organizers failed to nail down a location before marketing the event, and it had to be re-located several times at the last minute.
McCrea, a small crossroads town situated along the Atchafalaya River, which has famously dangerous currents that likely played a role in the drowning deaths of several visitors.