We were slated to perform at the tenth annual Kent State Folk Festival in
February 1977. Most people have heard of Kent State by way of the fatal shootings
by the National Guard that occurred there in 1970 during anti-war protests. The ‘77 fest was
organized by Kerry Blech and company, and it was held indoors on the campus. There
were concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, and workshops during the day.
In those days we tried to get as many festival gigs as possible, since the audiences
were bigger and consequently the gigs usually paid better. If we got five hundred dollars for a
weekend, after two to four days’ travel expenses and meals, the remainder didn’t
go very far split amongst the five of us. Consequently we were living hand to mouth, and
doing other types of work during slow times. One or two of us occasionally got some
backing from parents who wanted to help us. Most of the big festivals were outdoors in
the summer, so the Kent State one was a boon for us in the winter.