Folk Intro

2017 Blossom Music Festival
July 23 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Introducing the Concert

Coming of Age In Song

Every decade is unique. Presidents and politics, colors and cars, new inventions and new causes, hairstyles and clothing trends, food discoveries and memorable sayings, movie stars and sports sensations, TV shows and crazy new ideas. Things to remember — and things worth forgetting.

The 1970s are no different . . . except in the particulars.

And, of course, perhaps most poignant for memories, there’s the music. The hits, the tunes, the words. Radio countdowns, new LPs, and 8-track tapes.

After the turbulent years of the Sixties across America — assassinations, anti-war rallies, civil rights marches, and changing of generations, letting our hair down and letting our hair grow out — those coming of age in the 1970s turned to making the everyday into a reality worth living. We looked for what mattered: honesty and integrity, sex and/or love, family and goodness, saving the environment, celebrating the Bicentennial, believing in equality for all. Finding our groove, we tried to find the purpose of life, and strived to care about one another.

And the musical hits were there every step, every day, every hour, on radio and LP. As men’s ties grew wider and women’s hemlines shimmied up and down — and gas lines lengthened, and the Cold War continued.

Tonight we remember the good and celebrate the memories through the power of music — and association with a different time in our lives when these songs resonated so powerfully. New voices and ongoing favorites surging onward in new ways. Including Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, John Denver, Jim Croce, Carole King.

With guest artists Swearingen & Kelli as our guides, tonight is a celebration of love and caring, of learning to face life squarely head on, ready for tomorrow. They will be a tear or two, and a heartache filled with nostalgia. And so . . . many . . . good memories. Hear the hits again . . . for the first time! Revel and remember. And sing along. —Eric Sellen