Still Stompin

Stompin' 76


Thanks to the IBMA for inducting STOMPIN 76 into the

Fri-Sun, August 6, 7, 8 1976
8 mi. N of Galax, VA
Lawson Farm
New River Jam Site

Welcome to the Official web site of Stompin 76, the legendary Bluegrass Music Festival held in the summer of the bicentennial year, North of the Bluegrass Capitol, Galax, VA, USA.

This one-time event was the biggest bluegrass music festival on record. The star-studded bluegrass/ blues lineup, combined with a city's worth of bluegrass music and festival lovers, a low ticket price and historic marketing campaign, made Stompin 76 the place to be August 6,7,8 1976. The promoter was 21 yr. old Hal Davidson from Baltimore Co, Maryland, USA. Many attendees and their decedents still talk about wild experiences forging close relationships lasting a lifetime. Bluegrass did it!

The huge promotion brought festival goers together from all over the eastern, US. The people, the bands and that natural place, made this bluegrass festival not like any other bluegrass music festival before or after.

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Appearing on one stage:
Bonnie Raitt
Earl Scruggs
Lester Flatt
Vassar Clements
Ry Cooder
John Hartford
Osborne Brothers
The Rowans
John Prine
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Doc & Merle Watson
The Dillards
Hickory Wind
New Grass Revival
David Bromberg
Red White and Bluegrass
Nashville Bluegrass Band
Papa John Creach
Eric Weisberg and Deliverance
Star Spangled Washboard Band
Grass On The Rocks
Good Ol' Boys
Joe and Bing.
3 Days of Fun and Music, all 23 bands for only $12.00!
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"The Woodstock Of Bluegrass"

Promoted from February - August 5 1976 by Hal's Cactus Productions, Inc. of Las Vegas.

Hal founded Cactus Productions the year before in 1975 (at age 20) with the intention to start promoting concerts back in Baltimore, where he was from with his young friends. Besides Las Vegas, he based 2 of the 3 Stompin offices in Owings Mills, MD. The other office was in Winston Salem, NC.

"In fear of not promoting enough, we over promoted and made history" My apologies to that rural county and those nice country people. At least the Galax Fiddler's Convention got a big boost from it forever." ... Hal, 2011

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Early Stompin 76 flyer (est. March 1976) shows Kingfish with Bob Weir, who ended up not being available, this was before we booked Bonnie Raitt, John Prine The Rowans & David Bromberg
Stompin' 76 hillside view

A bunch of us drove down from NJ, in a questionable vehicle, and camped in one of the cornfields.  As I recall, the Pagans were there as "unofficial" police, and I remember catching rides to the stage area from time to time. One of my enduring memories is of Johnny Hartford, who showed me this origami style bird made from leaves of some sort (possibly corn husks) that someone gave to him. It has endured in the annals of my memory as one of the best adventures I've had. Cheers Nancy MacIntyre Hollinshead

$12 for a three day festival; no wonder I could afford it then. Unbelievable and I was there.
David Valentine

I remember parking on the side of the road and hiking in for 5 miles just to get to the gate to get in. So many people and the music was great. I lived in Carroll County, VA and I had never seen that many people in one place. First time I got to see Bonnie Raitt. It was great! We helped so many folks to get to and from the festival and saw some that had been driving in circles for hours trying to find the way back to the main roads. One of my most memorable times ever Selena King

The festival that stands out above the rest was Stompin 76. Wow! I traveled there with 3 friends from NJ in a VW van, of course. We got there late at night. I remember seeing all the Pagans when we pulled into the grounds. We got stuck on the road close to the river and that is where we wound up camping. Not only was the music line up fantastic but since my boyfriend was a musician, I listened to many great jam sessions.
Donna Segalla Steele

We got there Thursday night about midnight and set up - wasn't a level spot anywhere, so I set my tent up so I would roll down against the side and not slide out the door. Each morning the PA would fire up with "Let Your Love Flow" by the Bellamy Bros. (anyone else remember that?). The creek that fed into the river was the place to be - everyone each morning. White Lightning was $4 a cup (dispensed via 16 oz Dairy Queen cups as I remember it) what a heavy head after THAT. Yep, that was SOME time. Clark Robbins

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