Moondog Coronation Ball

The first Moondog Coronation Ball took place on March 21, 1952, and it was America’s first major rock ‘n roll concert. Alan Freed promoted and planned the event. Over twenty-thousand fans tried to squeeze into a ten-thousand seat venue.  Tickets sold quickly, prompting the promoters to keep printing them. Things got so hectic that the authorities shut the event down after the first song. Even though it was a bit of a disaster, the event is still remembered and celebrated every March. Today, half a dozen vintage rock ‘n roll performers entertain, with many of the attendees dressing in classic fifties clothing.


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