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Thursday, June 5, 1975


Page Five

Thursday, June 5, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five

Poe Ditch Festival
provides palatable
music, bad weather

The line-up at Sunday's Poe
Ditch Music Festival in Bowling
Green, Ohio, was something less
than awe-inspiring, but enough
to keep the nearly 30,000 in at-
tendance fairly satisfied.
Johnny Winter, Golden Ear-
ring Montrose, Richie Havens,
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,
Styx, Pure Prairie League, and
the Outlaws are not the stuff
of which Woodstocks are made,
but enjoy a hard-core following
in Ohio.
SATURDAY night's rain stop-
ped in time for the Outlaws,
and the sunshine made their set
seem a lot better than it really
was. Billed as "the newest
Southern boogie band," they
handled this not very demand-
ing genre with little imagina-
tion, ,roviding a slim selection
of old rhythms that gave the
crowd something to stomp to
while they t h r e-w frisbees.
Monty Yoho (no kidding) on
drums has the dullest beat since
the breakup of Creedance Clear-
water Revival.
Pure Prairie League's own
brand of country-rock was a
welcome relief, and they made
some fine music that kept the
attention of both the boogie
crowd. John Call on banjo and
pedalsteel and Larry Goshorn
on lead guitar were particularly
Styx was a disappointment.
They briefly transcended their
MOR schlock hit "Lady" with
the first real rock and roll of
the day, bnt degenerated into
some mediocre electronic
sounds, a poor choice for an
outdoor concert.
"ECLECTIC" is often a left-
handed compliment for musi-
cians, but the fusing of country,
bluegrass, folk, rock, and jug
band music of The Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band certainly gives re-
spectability to the term. All
these styles were treated not
only with respect but imagina-
tion and originality. Their vocal
harmonies were a pleasure.
John McEuen on banjo and
other instruments gave an ex-
cellent show, as did John Fad-

den on harmonica. Theirs was
the best set of the day.
Richie Havens is still around.
bit he doesn't sound any bet-
ter. His "progressive" music is
too often merely pretentious,
and singing about peace just
doesn't provoke feelings like it
used to, except maybe nostal-
gia for a time when it did.
MONTROSE got everyone to
pay attention again. They show-
ed h o w hard - driving rock
doesn't have to be monotonous,
with their extended versions of
"Bad Motor Scooter," "Rock
the Nation" and some fine solo-
ing. Guitarist Ronnie Montrose
gave a fine show, and Alan
Fitzgerald on bass was truly
amazing, giving his instrument
a fast and skillful workout that
made it sound like a deep gui-
tar. Their new vocalist Bob
James looks and sings like the
archetynical Rock & Roll Punk
and this adds to the act.
Montrose finished their set be-
fore the rain returned, and
most decided not to wait it out.
Throughout the two hours of
rain a few of the 5,000 left grew
increasingly upset at the lack
of music, and some beer bottles
and cans were thrown. Finally,
it was announced that Johnny
Winter would appear, but still
the banks of speakers were
AFTER another hour it was
announced to the last diehard
2,000 that the festival was over,
but no explanation was given.
As it turned out, the rain had
shorted a cable and Winter, not
wishing to be permanently weld-
ed to his guitar by Big amps,
had left.
Despite the bad weather,
there were some good perform-
ances and the entire event was
well run for one of its size.
When it was over, many people
had a good time, no one died
and no one was born, but a lot
of people caught colds.
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Vice President Nelson Rockefeller gestures to graduates at the
U.S. Naval Academy yesterday after donning a Mickey
Mouse cap presented to him by one of their number after
receiving his diploma. The veep was commencement speaker
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that we chose."
However, Commissioner Mar-
garet Kuebler (D-Ypsilanti) and
Fojtik expressed concern over
McFall's powers while serving
on the CSA board.
McFALL, if he is allowed to
remain as chairman, will head
a committee to select nominees
for, the CSA directorship--the
same , position from which he
was fired.
Milton Waters is now serving
as interim CSA director.
Commissioner Willis Israel (D-
Ypsilanti) lashed out at the
controversy itself. "We can't
even get the answer . . . if
McFall or Hamilton is chair-
man. This is a poor way to run
a government . . . I hope to
hell this matter gets resolved
in a positive manner."
BUT Commissioner 0. Her-
bert Ellis (R-Ann Arbor) chided

Fojtik's attacks on the CSA
board. "One problem that's,
plagued this board is gossip and
rumors . . . I would appeal to
this board to look at the facts,"
he declared.
The commissioners expect to
work out the chairmanship con-
troversy within the next three
Several commissioners have
reportedly attacked the legality
of the CSA by-laws under which
McFall was elected, and Fojtik
has expressed concern over
"one provision that would give
the CSA board the power to
amend and change the by-laws
without the approval of the
CSA board members claim
that the by-laws are based on
state guidelines.
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pion, has defended his crown 12
times. He's a native of Cuba.

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