FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Plays The California Jam FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Plays The California Jam
California Jam was a music festival co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974. Produced by ABC Entertainment,... FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Plays The California Jam

California Jam was a music festival co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974. Produced by ABC Entertainment, it attracted an estimated 400,000 people. The festival set what were then records for the loudest amplification system ever installed, the highest paid attendance, and highest gross in history.

It was the last of the original wave of rock festivals, as well as one of the most well-executed and financially successful, and presaged the era of media consolidation and the corporatization of the rock music industry. Other acts included Black Sabbath, Seals & Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas, The Eagles, Rare Earth and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Robert Locke

Robert co-founded FayetteSound in 2016 and ShindigMusic! in the summer of 2017. He is a singer-songwriter/musician from the Arkansas delta, avid vinyl collector, aquarium aficionado and connoisseur of all things rock 'n' roll. He currently is lead vocalist for Los Angeles based band Farmikos and co-conspirator at The Record Exchange. "Do You Remember Laughter?"