Music History Hall Foundation presents California Happening at the Rivian on May 3

Music History Hall Foundation presents an evening at the Rivian South Coast Theater on Friday, May 3, celebrating the music, fashion and culture of Southern California Music Festivals during the years 1968-1971. Through never-before-seen photographs, music, fashion and lively discussion, the story unfolds of the Southern California festival experience during the height of the counterculture movement.

Laguna Beach local Jan Nichols attended every music festival and happening in Southern California (and a few in Northern California) during the years 1968-1971. With the eye of an artist, he took intimate and arresting photographs of the concertgoers, musicians and not-so-undercover police officers as the country grappled with the youth-led counterculture movement of the time.

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California Happening on May 3 at Rivian South Coast Theater

The never-before-seen images have been high-resolution scanned from slide film and are ready for prime time. A curated collection will be on display at this one-time event as Music History Hall Foundation Executive Director Patti Compton and Nichols discuss the music, fashion, culture and impact of a pivotal time in American and music history.

“This is a unique opportunity to relive or discover the counterculture era through these amazing photographs, music and discussion – the images will blow you away,” said Compton.

Tickets to the California Happening event are $25 and include light hors d’oeuvres and one drink. Additional drink tickets are available for pre-purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come ready for a fun, informative and festive evening. (Festival attire is encouraged.)

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Rivian South Coast Theater is located at 162 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

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