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New Marker Celebrates 1970 Concert

Updated: 2 years ago.
A new historical marker being placed in a small town near Macon will remind Georgians that Jimi Hendrix played there 42 years ago. The marker is being placed at the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron. (Photo Courtesy of Feliciano Guimarães via Flickr.)

A new historical marker being placed in a small town near Macon will remind Georgians that Jimi Hendrix played there 42 years ago.

The marker being dedicated Sept. 15 celebrates the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1970. Despite its name, the July festival actually took place in a field in the rural town of Byron south of Macon.

The three-day concert featured more than 30 acts including Georgia's own Allman Brothers Band as well as Hendrix. The electric guitar virtuoso would be dead less than three months later at age 27.

The historical marker celebrating the music festival is being placed at the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron. The Georgia Historical Society, the Allman Brothers Band Museum and Byron Area Historical Society were among several sponsors.

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