The “Deep River Music Vault” show has only been on the air for a few weeks, but host Deborah Reece is rewinding to a big one this weekend.
On Sunday’s show, airing at 8 p.m. on The River 97.1, Reece will look back at the Atlanta International Pop Festivals of 1969 (at Atlanta International Raceway) and 1970 (at Middle Georgia Raceway). The events’ 42nd and 43rd respective anniversaries are around July 4.
Joining her in the studio will be veteran Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley, who produced the festivals, as well as Atlanta musician and “Music Vault” co-producer Guy Grande.
“Those who were there were enriched for life by the experience,” Reece said. “Alex Cooley brought Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to Atlanta for the first time. The lineups were insanely good.”
Reece said she plans to talk to Cooley about his inspiration for the fests as well as the logistics for putting on something so mammoth.
“This man is a national treasure and we’re lucky Atlanta is his home,” she said.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene