Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001

1969.07.07  Mississippi River Festival—Southern Illinois Univ.  Edwardsville, IL

Joni and Arlo Guthrie were the featured performers in a
concert filmed by NET TV. The Aug. 3 broadcast was titled
The Sounds Of Summer–Mississippi River Festival.

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A smaller but just as enthusiastic crowd as [Janice] Joplin's was drawn by Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. They combined Guthrie's witty guitar talks with Joni's singing. - 1970 Muse Yearbook (SIU Edwardsville) Page 26.
The MRF logo
The two wavy bars represented the Mississippi River. The circle above the river represented the moon, since the concerts were held in the evening.

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Satch on 2011-Oct-27 at 15:34:42 GMT-5:
I don't think I saw Joni in '69 but I know I saw her at the Mississippi River Festival. She did 2 sets, the first acoustic with numbers from the "Blue" album including "A Case of You" on dulcimer. The second set was with electric backup band. I don't see this concert listed. Is there ay way I can find out the year? Thanks for all the great songs, Joni!