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The concert that never happened!
Three proposed days of peace and music in Madison County led to anger and a lawsuit in 1970 when a promoter tried to hold a three-day rock concert near Moonsville. Scott McKibben, a Yorktown native, had planned a Woodstock-like festival for this small burg in northeastern Madison County. It was to be his response to having missed Woodstock in 1969. His rock event would have been Aug. 14-16, one year after the famed Aug. 15-18 gathering of 400,000 hippie-minded music fans at Woodstock in upstate New York. With hopes of drawing about 10,000 people, they got a lease on farmland near 500 North and 350 East, just south of Moonsville. They contracted with a handful of performers including the Bob Seger System, Brownsville Station, SRC, Ohio Express and the comedy troupe, The Committee. Vendors were given contracts for concessions. Arrangements were set for a helicopter to fly in the acts. Then neighbors got involved, fearing the mass of rock ’n’ rolling teens would bring marijuana, trash, traffic and other undesirable elements of Woodstock. In court action, county officials obtained an injunction to stop the concert with one judge noting, “I think it’s fine to have a festival as long as the right standards are met.” As the injunction was being sought, concert promoters took the case to the Indiana Supreme Court, which refused to hear it and allowed the injunction to stand. So the show got cancelled. I want to have a MOONSVILLE ROCK FESTIVAL SOON! OUTLOUD PRODUCTIONS
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