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Rheingold/Schaefer Music Festival
Central Park, New York
Summers 1967-1976

Ron Delsener and Hilly Kristal started this low-cost series of summer concerts that were a fixture for many years.
Starting out as The Rheingold Central Park Music Festival in 1966, Schaefer Beer took over the event from 1968-1976.

A chance to see Led Zeppelin and BB King on the same bill for a couple bucks? Priceless!
Some of the shows were two performances a night.

The concerts ranged in spectrum from Big Band (Benny Goodman) to Pop (Peggy Lee) to Jazz (Miles Davis).
Listed below are the scheduled artists that are more our style. Note that some shows may have been rained out or performers been
unable to make the gig.


1967
Jun 30Paul Butterfield Blues Band; The Doors
Jul 5The Young Rascals; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Len Chandler
Jul 7Phil Ochs; Spanky & Our Gang
Jul 14Ian & Sylvia
Jul 21Judy Collins; Leonard Cohen
Jul 28The Byrds; Garden State Choir
Jul 29Pete Seeger; Bob Davenport
Aug 2Neil Diamond; The Youngbloods
Aug 9The Blues Project; John Lee Hooker
Aug 23Odetta; Jim Kweskin Jug Band
Other performers and dates unknown


1968
Jun 28The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Jun 29Moby Grape; Muddy Waters
Jul 1Mongo Santamaria; Hugh Masakela
Jul 3Mitch Ryder; Spirit
Jul 12Pete Seeger; Len Chandler
Jul 20Phil Ochs
Jul 24Vanilla Fudge; Ultimate Spinach
Jul 26Richie Havens; (Seals & Crofts?)
Aug 1B B King; Fats Domino
Aug 3Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention; Buddy Guy
Aug 7The Who; Mandala
Aug 14Joni Mitchell; Arlo Guthrie
Aug 21Country Joe & The Fish; Eric Anderson
Other performers and dates unknown


1969
June 27Tiny Tim; Sweetwater
Jun 28The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Rhinoceros
Jul 2Jerry Lee Lewis; Pacific Gas & Electric
Jul 9Blood, Sweat & Tears; Carolyn Hester
Jul 12The Byrds; Chuck Berry; John Lee Hooker
Jul 14Jeff Beck; Orpheus
Jul 16Ten Years After; Fleetwood Mac, Chicago Transit Authority
Jul 18Buffy Sainte-Marie; Cashman, Pistilli & West
Jul 21Led Zeppelin; B B King
Jul 23Joni Mitchell; Tim Hardin
Jul 26Sly & The Family Stone; Slim Harpo
Jul 28Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Jethro Tull
Jul 30Buddy Rich; Procol Harum
Aug 1The Beach Boys; Neil Young
Aug 2Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention; Buddy Guy
Aug 8Tom Paxton; Gordon Lightfoot
Aug 11Arlo Guthrie; Melanie
Aug 15Al Kooper; James Cotton
Aug 22Tim Buckley; Times Square
Aug 23Sam & Dave; Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles


1970
Jul 10Tom Rush; Melanie
Jul 13Ike & Tina Turner; The Voices Of East Harlem
Jul 18Little Richard; Wayne Cochran & The CC Riders
Jul 20Van Morrison; The Byrds
Jul 22Arlo Guthrie
Jul 24Great Speckled Bird with Ian & Sylvia; Tom Paxton
Jul 29John Sebastian; The Manhattan Transfer
Jul 31Iron Butterfly
Aug 3Jethro Tull
Aug 5Delaney & Bonnie with Duane Allman; Seals & Crofts
Aug 10Judy Collins
Aug 12The Supremes; The Meters
Aug 14The Everly Brothers; John Denver
Aug 15Sam & Dave; Jam Factory
Aug 17Mountain
Aug 21The Guess Who; Kathy McCord
Aug 22Fleetwood Mac; Bloodrock; Zephyr


1971
Jun 30The Band; Happy & Artie Traum
Jul 9Ravi Shankar
Jul 10Melanie; Janey & Dennis
Jul 16Poco; Jerry Riopelle
Jul 17The Byrds; J F Murphy & Salt
Jul 21The Allman Brothers Band; Cowboy
Jul 26Mary Travers
Aug 2Judy Collins
Aug 4Delaney & Bonnie; John Hammond
Aug 9Kris Kristofferson; Janis Ian; Chris Gantry
Aug 11Seatrain; Moby Grape
Aug 13Robert Klein; Tom Paxton; Bert Sommer; Tony Joe White; Bobby Gosh; Carol Hall; Jonathan Edwards
Aug 16Procol Harum; Mylon LeFevre
Aug 18Robert Klein; John Denver; Dion; Jackie Lomax; Bonnie Raitt; The Quinaimes Band
Aug 20Paul Butterfield Blues Band; James Cotton
Aug 21The Chambers Brothers; Mandrill
Aug 23Seals & Crofts; Earl Scruggs; Jerry Corbitt; The Charlie Daniels Band
Aug 25David Steinberg; Carly Simon
Aug 28Little Richard; The Orioles; The Harptones; The Jive Five


The shows continued at Central Park, getting a new sponsor (Dr Pepper, 1976-1981) and renamed: The Dr Pepper Central Park Music Festival. In 1981, the shows were moved to the West Side (Pier 84). Soda gave way to beer in 1982, becoming Miller Time Concert On The Pier continuing the shows until 1988.
So, over 20 years of great music at reasonable prices.

Links!
Concerts In Parks [that's NYC parks - great history]
Schaefer Music Festival
Central Park’S Biggest Rock Concerts @ Ultimate Classic Rock

 


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