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Jug for L. David Lewis

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Kickapoo Creek Rock Festival took place over Memorial Day weekend in 1970, drawing an estimated 60,000 people to the L. David Lewis farm outside of Bloomington, Illinois. The festival idea began when Lewis enlisted fledgling music promoter, Irving Azoff, to book the musicians.

Local law enforcement stepped in to quash the festival, with the McLean County State’s Attorney’s office issuing an injunction to halt set-up at the site. But with crowds beginning to arrive Friday morning, Lewis ducked attempts to serve him papers and the festival went on.

Bands performed, including REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes and B.B. King. On Sunday, Woodstock alumni Canned Heat, Country Joe & The Fish and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band took the stage.

When it was over, warrants were issued for Lewis, who was arrested as he walked into a Bloomington bank with a sleeping bag full of cash. Lewis posted bond, left his wife and farm, took off to the Bahamas with his teenage secretary. He lived his remaining years in Canada. He never returned to his farm or family in Illinois. He died in 2004.

This decanter commemorates the Kickapoo Creek Festival. It is handmade from porcelain and stands about 6.5" tall. The surface is decorated with the stylized sun often used in the original promotion for the festival and two foxes running away from the festival grounds, probably headed for the Bahamas. Finished in a mat moss green.

Jug for L. David Lewis


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