Over a sometimes rainy weekend between August 15–18, 1969, 32 musical acts performed on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains for an audience of more than 400,000. It was Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was latter just called Woodstock. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
To celebrate the event’s 50th anniversary, Campaign Live reports that the Woodstock Festival will return in 2019. According to the source, the festival is being developed on the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the historic site of the 1969 event, The date scheduled is between August 16 and 18, 2019.
It’s not the first time Woodstock got a sequel .. There have been 5 festival’s called Woodstock ..
The first was in 1979, a rock concert that took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City , the year of the 10th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival.
Some of the musicians performed at the original festival of 1969. There were jam sessions with Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Country Joe and the Fish, Canned Heat, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Elliott Randall. Also appearing were Rick Danko, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Jorma Kaukonen, Stephen Stills, Paul Butterfield, and Johnny Winter among others.
A second, and the first to be held on the site of the original, Woodstock ’89 or “The Forgotten Woodstock” was a rock concert that took place in August 1989 as a spontaneous celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.
Woodstock ’94 was a music festival organized in 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original and promoted as “2 More Days of Peace and Music”. It was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, with a third day (Friday, August 12) added later. The weather was rainy that weekend, and by Saturday much of the field had turned into mud. The event took place on Winston Farm in Saugerties, New York, about 10 miles from Woodstock and the crowd at Woodstock ’94 was estimated at 550,000
The forth festival Woodstock ’99 was held between July 22 and 25, 1999, was the second large-scale music festival (after Woodstock ’94) that attempted to emulate the original Woodstock festival of 1969. Like the previous Woodstock festivals, it was held in upstate New York, this time in Rome (roughly 200 miles from the site of the original event). Approximately 400,000 people attended the festival.
Cable network MTV covered the concert extensively and live coverage of the entire weekend was available on pay-per-view. Unlike the previous two incarnations of Woodstock, Woodstock ’99 was portrayed by the media as being marred by violence, rape, and fires.
And finally the 40th anniversary of Woodstock was celebrated with “The Heroes of Woodstock Tour”, a North American concert tour featuring several bands, most of which performed at the original Woodstock festival or feature members that performed at the festival. The musicians featured differed slightly from venue to venue but most of the concerts featured Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Ten Years After and Tom Constanten. Country Joe McDonald hosted all of the concerts, playing a couple of songs in between the different sets. The August 15 show was held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and held on the 40th anniversary of the first day, Friday August 15, 1969.
So here we are, 50 years later, back at the original location.. Who will be there is still TBD, but it should be yet another 3 Days of Peace & Music …
Keep Rockin’ – Tejay