Lead Up

In the years leading up to the Poe Ditch Music Festival the BGSU administration had hosted many artists and speakers of cultural and counter political significance including Aerosmith, MC5, and Pat Paulsen. The University’s Student Government Association, in the beginning of 1974, created a committee called Cultural Boost to bring in relevant musical acts and decided on a large scale music festival.  Kim Jakeway, leader of Cultural Boost, said that they wanted to “make something noteworthy for BGSU.”

As plans moved forward, mismanagement and confusion started to rise.  The BG News, on May 9, 1975, reported the musical acts as Marshall Tucker, ZZ Top, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Havens, Daryl Hall and John Oats, Outlaws and Golden Earring, but at the last minute the line up changed, dropping ZZ Top, Hall and Oates, and Marshal Tucker. The final lineup was the Outlaws, Pure Prairie League, Styx, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Havens, Montrose, Golden Earring and Johnny Winter. $25,000 was allocated for advertising in the Bowling Green, Toldeo, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Chicago, Columbus and Cleveland area. This ad was placed in the White Panther Party newspaper, the Ann Arbor Sun.

By the end of May 25,000 presale had been sold. Less than 3,000 of those were student tickets. In an effort to boost student attendance Cultural Boost member Mario Sansotta remarked “Do you want more big concerts of this type, or do you want to keep on saying you go to Boring Green?” Boring would not be used to describe the event that took place.