The Story of the 1970 Eatonville Rock Festival

 

 


The Rock Festival

During the July 4, 1970, weekend over 10,000 hippies descended on the small town of Eatonville Wash., (pop. 852) to attend the Buffalo Party Convention and Pig Roast at Buffalo Don Murphy’s Flying M Ranch. It was supposedly a political party gathering, but everyone knew what it really was—a rock festival.

The documentary

The documentary Buffalo Rock aims to capture how the small town of Eatonville weathered the mini Woodstock—from police officers, to attendees, and from the political party that was created to the notorious Buffalo Don Murphy. The surreal rock festival captured the social tension of that era and had a lingering effect on generations to follow.


The Music

People came from across the country to see the little Woodstock of the West and hear the bands. Not all the bands from on the playbill showed up, but there were a few:

Clear Light

James Cotton Blues Band

The Strawberry Alarm Clock from San Francisco

Local Bands

AB Sky Band
Wailers
Don and the Goodtimes
the Sonics
Live Color

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