Did you know that Rock Concert Promoter and Atlanta local, Alex Cooley, once organized one of the largest rock festivals in the Southeast? Yep, Mr. Cooley organized the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which took place in Byron, GA, from July 3-5, 1970, and featured over thirty musical acts including Jimi Hendrix and Macon’s Allman Brothers! Could you imagine being there? Several hundred thousand people attended the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival and basked in the glory of some legendary musicians.
According to the press release, an official Georgia Historical Society marker will be unveiled on the festival site in Byron on September 15, and a ‘rough cut’ of the much-anticipated feature-length documentary film of the festival will finally be given its first screenings by Director, Steve Rash in both Macon and Atlanta on September 15th and 17th.
The historical marker ceremony is open to the public at no charge, at the former festival site near the Middle Georgia Raceway, 4015 US Highway 41 North, in Byron, at 3 PM, Saturday, September 15. The Perry event, “Remember When – The Byron Pop Festival”, featuring music, memorabilia, the festival light show, and special guest speakers, will be held at the Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Rd., 7-10 PM, Friday, September 14 – admission $5.
We can’t wait to learn more from the documentary and ceremonies!