It may not have been Woodstock, Oakland's (Nebraska) Purple Onion packed 'em in during the summer months for almost five years, beginning in the mid-1960s.. Teenagers stood in line, waiting for their chance to enter a refurbished 4H building on the Burt County fairgrounds and dance to Top 40 songs performed by bands with names such as Touracos, The Fenmen, The Others, Rumbles, and The Dead Lip.
From 1966 through 1971, the Purple Onion was the epicenter of the music scene for young people from northeast Nebraska towns, such as West Point, Scribner, Decatur, and even as far away as Ponca. Once word got out about the weeknight concerts, up to 800 people would flock to Oakland, lay down a couple of bucks, and rock the night away.
By Tim Trudell
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