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Big Sur Folk Festival 1969 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt



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On September 13 and 14, 1969, a selection of the finest folk singers and musicians in the world convened at the Esalen Institute on the edge of Highway 1 in Big Sur, California for a rather intimate gathering of peace, love, music, and a farewell to summer. Set to a backdrop of some of America’s most glorious scenery, the sixth annual Big Sur Folk Festival continued to be an ‘anti-festival festival,’ considered by attendees as the antithesis of the more commercial events, though the artists considered it an antidote to the Newport Folk Festival. The non-profit 1969 event maintained the tradition of staying small through minimal advertising, though had no problem attracting top artists including Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Sebastian, Johanna Demetrakas, Dorothy Morrison & the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Mimi Fariña, Julie Payne, Ruthann Friedman, Carol Ann Cisneros, The Comb Sisters, Chris Ethridge, Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Struggle Mountain Resistance Band. It’s estimated that 5,000 paid to enter the festival each day, and another 2,000 or so listened freely by camping along the highway out front as the music reverberated off the cliffsides. A documentary film, Celebration at Big Sur, was made about the 1969 festival that offers a truly unique time capsule event experience unlike any other.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size



Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 17.99 20.00 22.01 24.02 25.98 27.99 30.00
Length 27.99 29.02 30.00 31.02 32.01 32.99 33.98
Sleeve length 8.90 9.17 9.45 9.72 10.00 10.39 10.79

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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