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PostSubject: Chet Helms    Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:44 am

The Mantra-Rock Dance was scheduled on Sunday evening, January 29, 1967 a day of the week that Chet Helms deemed odd and unlikely to generate substantial attendance.[31] Admission was fixed at $2.50[3] and limited to door sales.[32] Despite the apprehensions of the organizers, by the beginning of the concert at 8 PM an audience of nearly 3,000 had gathered at the Avalon Ballroom,[33] filling the hall to its capacity.[34] Latecomers had to wait outside for vacancies in order to enter.[35] Participants were treated on prasad (sanctified food) consisting of orange slices[6] and, regardless of the prohibition on drugs, many in the crowd were smoking marijuana and taking other intoxicants.[33][36] However, the atmosphere in the hall was peaceful.[34] Strobe lights and a psychedelic liquid light show, along with pictures of Krishna and the words of the Hare Krishna mantra, were projected onto the walls.[37] A few Hells Angels were positioned in the back of the stage as the event's security guards.[6] Prabhupada's biographer Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami thus describes the Mantra-Rock Dance audience:
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