In 1967, against a backdrop of civil unrest, inner city riots, protests against the Viet Nam war, and burgeoning movements for civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights, a counter-culture movement grew up in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.
Based on a wholesale rejection of the values of materialism and social divisiveness, this idealistic egalitarian movement espoused peace and love and acceptance for all. College students and young run-aways flocked to San Francisco by the thousands seeking freedom of expression, exploration of consciousness and an intellectual examination of the political and social mores of the time. It was dubbed the “Summer of Love”.
The sound track for the movement grew up organically as the early 60’s folk music started to take on a psychedelic and rock edge. Honest songs urging an end to war and violence and the adoption of a new social paradigm of caring and kindness where all people are seen as brothers and sisters were a musical reflection of the times. It was a glorious time for pop and rock music, spawning groups like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, The Doors, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The 1967 music scene also featured a number of great vocal harmony groups – The Mamas and Papas, The Association, The Turtles, It’s A Beautiful Day, The Youngbloods, The Byrds – to name only a few.
Although great strides toward social consciousness have been made in the ensuing years, unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready in 1967 for peace and brotherhood as a lasting social order. What has lasted through the 5 decades since then is the music.
In the spirit of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer Of Love, the Scones have joined voices with local musicians Melanie Jean and Beth Williams to bring back the days of harmony-driven pop/rock. Showcasing a selection of flower power favorites and melodic harmony-driven originals, The Scones Summer of Love Show draws on a combination of musical accomplishment and charismatic showmanship to present an entertaining and uplifting retro-yet-relevant celebration.