Revisiting the Summer of Love: Upcoming Concerts That Celebrate the Spirit of 1967

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It’s been 50 years since 1967 and the “Summer of Love” – a moment in history where peace, love, and freedom inspired positive grassroots change. You could even argue that one could split the 20th century into two eras: before 1967 and after 1967, the latter indicating the beginning of the sexual revolution, women’s rights movement, and aftermath of the civil rights movement. The 60’s didn’t really become the 60’s until 1967.

Experimental music flourished during this period, with “flower power” psychedelia in full swing. Iconic albums like The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Doors’ self-titled debut, Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Are You Experienced? and so many others were in heavy rotation. It’s overwhelming to think about all the music released that year.

Music lovers have a lot of upcoming options in and around Philly to celebrate this fruitful era. Some artists who were alive in 1967 are returning to the tour circuit, while other musicians are doing tributes to these music milestones. Below are just some of the choices if you decide to travel back in time this summer:

The Ardmore Music Hall is creating their own Summer of Love series, starting with The Airplane Friends & Family + Live Dead ’69 show this Thursday the 18th. Featuring original members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and more, it’s a celebration of the artists that contributed to the San Francisco Summer of Love sound. Other shows in their Summer of Love series include a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute with the Newspaper Taxis on June 3rd; Grateful Dead Celebration with guest of honor Wavy Gravy on June 9th and 10th; and Ardmore Pop: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Pop Festival on June 17th. 


On Tuesday, May 3oth, Kiss The Sky: The Jimi Hendrix RE-Experience will perform hits from both of Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 landmark, history making albums, Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love in honor of their 50th Anniversary at World Cafe Live. Kiss The Sky stars Jimy Bleu, another virtuoso, left handed guitarist who performs all of Hendrix’s signature stage moves. Heavy Cream: A Tribute to Cream will open and play the songs from Cream’s 1967 ground breaking albums Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears.

On June 21st, The Turtles, probably best known for their 1967 hit “Happy Together,” come to the Keswick Theatre featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), The Boxtops, The Cowsills, and The Archies. On August 25th Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield, CSN, CSNY, and Manassas fame will be at the Keswick with singer-songwriter Judy Collins, whose 1967 single “Both Sides Now” became a defining song of the decade.

The Yardbirds, the 60’s supergroup that launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, will be at the Resorts Atlantic City on July 7th.

The Moody Blues are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their landmark album, Days of Future Passed, at the Mann on July 15th. The band will reflect back on their five decades-long history when they perform live onstage, for the first-time ever, their epic album in its entirety, including iconic songs like “Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon” and more.

British rock legends The Who, who famously performed at the Monterey Pop Festival, head to Atlantic City for an enthusiastic live show on July 22nd at the Boardwalk Hall.

Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Experience comes to the Jersey shore at the Ocean City Music Pier on August 7th. Featuring music from a wide range of artists, the Summer of Love Experience recreates the songs, and the psychedelically flavored spirit, of the Woodstock Generation. The Beach Boys will also perform at the Music Pier on August 21st and 22nd.


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