Seattle Sicks Stadium Rock Concerts
In September 1st, 1957, Elvis Presley performed at Seattle’s minor league baseball team’s Sicks Stadium. I wasn’t there. In fact, I was only 6 years old. Sick’s Stadium was home to many other types of events besides the beloved Seattle Rainiers baseball team. On July 26, 1970, Jimi Hendrix performed in the rain (what a surprise) at Sicks Stadium. It was only months before he passed away.
Earlier on July 5, 1970 my friends and I went to a concert at Sicks Stadium featuring Butterfat (local Seattle group), Steve Miller, Pacific Gas & Electric featuring Harvey Mandel, the Youngbloods (the third time I’d seen them, first at the Seattle Pops Festival in 1969 and then at the Hec Edmondson Pavilion at the University of Washington), and Janis Joplin. Pretty nice lineup, right?
I went with my friend Mike Tresler and I believe John Duff. Unbeknownst to me, I had another friend on stage helping with the sound system. He said Janis wasn’t exactly good looking but there was something sexy about her. And they shared a beer together. My friend’s name who was on the stage is Steve Smith. He had a radio show on KRAB FM in Seattle at the time of the show and they wanted to try and get Janice Joplin on the air. That didn’t work out but good try. Many Seattle radio and TV people spent time at KRAB FM including Steve Lawson who was on the air with KING AM and then started the famous Seattle production company, Bad Animals.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the music actually went past 10PM. I was 19 years old and discovering another world of music and be-ins. The crowd laid around the grass behind the infield and into the outfield where the stage was. I loved Pacific Gas and Electric, can’t remember Butterfat, the Youngbloods did their usual wonderful set, and then there was Steve Miller.
Steve had yet to put out the Joker album and was still playing with that wonderful group he put together for the Brave New World album and the following two more lps. After that wonderful set, Janis came out with a maroon dress and maroon feather boa. She sang her ass off and really got the crowd going. It was a perfect end to a perfect day!! Janis, unfortunately, passed away a few months later.