Redbone, Santana, at Echelon Mall (Voorhees Town Center)

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Voorhees Town Center
2120 Voorhees Town Center
Voorhees, NJ 08043
United States
39° 50' 57.5304" N, 75° 0' 14.7348" W

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In the parking lot of the Echelon Mall (now called the Voorhees Town Center), c. 1972, there was a rock concert featuring Redbone and Santana. I remember listening to a live broadcast on WIBG (990 AM), and when someone threw a firecracker in the audience during the Redbone set, Redbone's members became upset and left the stage.

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plaquemaster
Sat, 09/10/2011 - 20:39

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I am so glad to see this. Nobody else remembers it. I was there, and remember being amazed at how many people were there. All in all, it was a peaceful gathering, no one really caused a lot of trouble. If it were to take place today, all hell would break loose! Such a shame how things have changed. I was too young for Woodstock, but at age 17, this was the next best thing!
bob donnelly1956's picture

WFIL 56 ROCK & ROLL SPRING FESTIVAL [MAY 1972] Philadelphia, Pa. radio station WFIL 56AM sponsored a Rock & Roll Concert series dubbed as the ‘Spring Festival’ on the weekend of May 20 -21, 1972, (not sure if it was also held on Friday May 19) at the Echelon Mall [now the Voorhees Town Center] Parking Lot in Voorhees, New Jersey. I attended Saturday (5/20/1972) and photographed the groups that performed: Jo Jo Gunn; April Wine; Frijid Pink; Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Sources for info on the event are scarce, unsupported and conflicting. (There was a similar event at Cherry Hill Arena earlier that year) But the best I can gather is on Sunday the bands included Redbone and finished with Santana. I put together a slideshow of images I took on 5/20/1972 on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Q5OeOGpUQIY [Ed.: I found it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5OeOGpUQIY titled "1972 WFIL Spring Festival" - thank you!] - Bob Donnelly

SJerzGirl, thank you for your post! Does my description sound accurate? Do you remember a firecracker incident? I know I heard a concert on the radio with the firecracker incident, and I am almost positive it was Redbone at Echelon Mall. I think it was on Rick Menapace's show on WIBG, perhaps on a Sunday afternoon as opposed to his show on Sunday nights, but it has been a long time and my memory could be faulty.

There is an interesting Redbone site at www.redbone.fr. Within the past year I saw a pickup truck in East Norriton, PA, that was painted with a Redbone rock band theme. Fans are still out there!

There is an indication that this concert occurred on 11/20/72, see http://tixgirldotcom.blogspot.com/2006/07/best-show-ever-your-top-concert.html. That is about a month after the Cherry Hill Arena Santana show in nearby Cherry Hill, NJ, at the Cherry Hill Arena, also on Cyber Plaque.

Someone says that it was a WFIL concert (I thought WIBG) and says that John Lennon was a DJ for it. He also said that George Michael was a DJ at it, too, and I recall Michael was a WFIL alumnus, so maybe I had part of the story wrong. See http://southjerseyexplorer.com/2013/03/06/tilt-studio/.
cchiachio's picture

The concert was definitely in the Spring, and although I don't remember everything about it I attended it with my brother. Don't remember which Philly radio station sponsored it, but don't remember anything about John Lennon or George Michael having anything to do with it whatsoever. It was a blast!

There is a newspaper account of this festival, which raised money for disabled children and was sponsored by WFIL. It says Redbone headlined, and it was held May 19-21, 1972. See the Courier-Post, Camden, 5/22/72, at p. 44, or https://www.newspapers.com/image/180861590/?terms=redbone%2Bechelon%2Bmall.

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