Drawing more than 5,000 people each year, The Love-In throw-back event will feature arts, crafts, food and beverages, and '60s memorabilia for sale, along with fun activities for the whole family including: a hippie costume contest; T-shirt tie-dyeing; a vintage car display including muscle cars; a kids fun zone; Frisbee-throwing and Hula-Hooping; sidewalk chalk-drawing; and some of the most memorable "people watching" imaginable, as a bevy of eclectic event-goers show off their own unique hippie flare. Live concerts to rock the crowds throughout the day will feature popular local bands, Been There Done That, Blackstar, Rewind, and Swinging Richards, leading up to the Jefferson Starship main event. Admission is free and parking is $10. Coolers are not permitted. Greynolds Park is located at 17530 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach.
One of Miami-Dade County's cherished heritage parks developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Greynolds Park has been the site of The Love-In since the event's inception in 2004. The park is famous for being the primary site of Miami's 1960's "love-ins," peaceful demonstrations and protests advocating peace and love instead of war. Previous national artists at The Love-In have included The Spencer Davis Group, Joey Molland's Badfinger, The Classic Rock All Stars, The Guess Who, Chuck Negron, and Ritchie Havens.
The 2011 Love-In sponsors are: Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally Heyman; Partner Presenter Majic 102.7 FM/WMXJ radio; Title Sponsor, The Rand Eye Institute; Smoke & Spice Unique Catering; and Rolling Rock Premium Beer.
About Jefferson Starship:
(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- It's that time of year again when fans of the 1960s, including its "flower children" and "hippies," flock to Miami's storied Greynolds Park to reminisce, re-live and celebrate the era's music, artistry, fashion styles, and vintage cars. The public is invited to put on its love beads and groovy classics for Miami-Dade Park & Recreation's 8th Annual Greynolds Park Love-In festival and day-long concert on Sunday, May 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., presented in partnership with Majic 102.7FM/WMXJ radio. The event will feature rock legend Jefferson Starship as its headlining band, whose famous hits include "Somebody to Love," "Jane," "White Rabbit," and "Miracles."
Jefferson Starship, famed arena band of the '70s and '80s that earned chart-topping success, evolved from the '60s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, which headlined the original Woodstock (1969) with iconic vocalist Grace Slick. Still making music and history, Jefferson Starship is now on its 40th Anniversary Tour with founding members Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, longtime drummer Donny Baldwin, lead guitarist Slick Aguilar, Grammy-nominated Broadway singer Cathy Richardson, and keyboardist Chris Smith, who's been likened to the great Ray Manzarek of The Doors. In 2009 the group headlined the commemorative Heroes of Woodstock Tour. In 2008, it released "Jefferson Tree of Liberty," a series of folk compositions reprising an era of protest and social conscience.
About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR):
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks.