50th anniversary of Woodstock music festival celebrated

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 Aug. 17 (UPI) — Ringo Starr, Arlo Guthrie and the Edgar Winter Brand performed this week at a concert in upstate New York, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival

The event kicked off on Thursday and will run through Sunday at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts.Santana and the Doobie Brothers are scheduled to headline Saturday’s lineup and John Fogerty is set to play Sunday.(UPI)

More than 400,000 people attended the 1969 weekend event, which featured performances by Guthrie, Richie Havens, Sweetwater, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Sha Na Na and Jefferson Airplane.

“It was a great time,” Billboard.com reported Guthrie told the press on Thursday. “For me, the Woodstock festival was a celebratory end of an era. It was not the beginning of anything. It was the end of something, and it was an end of a very turbulent time that was also very wonderful.”

A separate, star-studded, anniversary event was scheduled to take place in Maryland this weekend, but was canceled in late July after permit issues and the loss of financial support led numerous music acts to back out.

Scheduled to perform at that festival were Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, Santana, Dead & Company, the Lumineers, John Fogerty and John Sebastian.

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band had perform at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Aug.16, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. A presale for Bethel Woods members begins 10 a.m. Wednesday. (source PooghkeepsieJournal)Ringo Starr and His All Starr BandAugust 16th 2019 – 7:00pmPavilion

BETHEL – You won’t see Miley Cyrus or Jay-Z at Bethel Woods later this week. They were to perform at the giant Woodstock 50 commemoration, first scheduled for a racetrack in upstate New York, then moved to a smaller venue in Maryland, before falling apart in disarray.
Not to worry. You can relive the memories, if you are old enough, or create some new ones, with legendary performers, for four days beginning this Thursday, where the original Woodstock festival happened in 1969, on a hillside in Sullivan County.

 

“I always love playing Bethel Woods,” Starr said in a release from Bethel Woods, and how great to do it this year on the anniversary of Woodstock.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band will perform Tuesday at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton.
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“I wasn’t there at the first one, but I’ve always promoted what it stood for — Peace, and Love and Music,” he said.

The concert is one of three scheduled events to celebrate the anniversary that weekend at Bethel Woods.

 

 

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