Close to 40 years ago, bassist Roy Smith was on the York City stage rocking out with his band.
And on Sunday, he got to relive those memories through a music festival at Kiwanis Lake called the Be-In.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the festivals got York up and moving for 12 years before disintegrating as musicians and friends grew distant.
But with the surge of social media, the people who once attended the Be-Ins started to reconnect, and a new, multi-generational era of the fest was born, Smith said.
"This is like a high school reunion with people you like," he said.
Back in action: Performing with Los Playboys Que Juegan, a band composed of two band members in their 50s and two teenagers, Smith said being on stage again was a revival of those long-gone years.
"It's very cool," he said. "Back in the '70s, we were children of the '60s, and this is what you did."
Back then, Smith performed with PCO, a snarky progressive-rock group whose acronym stood for "Philadelphia Children's Orchestra," and it was important to honor that bond, he said.
To do that, the six bands that performed throughout the day used the drumset of Mark Dauberman, the man behind PCO's percussion, Smith said. He passed away several years ago.
Teary-eyed, Smith reflected on Dauberman's presence on that sunny late-September afternoon.
"He's here with us," he said.
Love alone: Be-In organizer John Terlazzo also performed at the festivals back in the day, he said. The guitarist took the stage with his band, Voices in the Hall.
A couple hundred spectators came to watch the bands play, and the positive response indicates that more Be-Ins are on the way: At least two festivals are slated for next summer, Terlazzo said - and it will always remain free to attend.
That's because the festival is all about sharing music, breaking barriers and promoting love, he said.
And choosing multi-generational bands is a way to challenge the cultural norms of separating people by gender, age and other sociodemographic factors.
"So that's really wonderful to see people getting together," he said.
And although music is a great thread to connect people, Terlazzo said love alone is the one path to unity.
"That's the only thing that matters," he said.
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