Four young and impressionable, 20-somethings by the names of John Roberts, Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lane, and Joel Rosenman were the masterminds of the live music experience to define a generation. After Lane and Kornfeld had successfully executed the curation and production of the Miami Music Festival in 1968, the two ventured to New York and teamed up with entrepreneurs Roberts and Rosenman to develop yet another festival experience for the residents of New York. These four young men would come together to form Woodstock Ventures, Inc.
The following year on Aug. 15, 1969, on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, the event originally billed as 'An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music ' officially launched and would later be known as the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. And despite the many venue changes, the horrendous weather, and hordes of festival-goers totaling over half a million in attendance, Woodstock became a drug, sex, and rock n' roll-fueled live music staple for years to come.
The original three-day music festival featured musical acts including– Jimi Hendrix, Sweetwater, Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and so many more. And now, officially half a century later with many triumphs, music history moments, and tragedies attached to Woodstock, a 50th-anniversary celebration will be thrown to commemorate the festival's conception called A Season of Song & Celebration.
The commemorative ceremony taking place in August in New York's Bethel Woods will feature TED-style talks, a director's cut screening of the documentary Woodstock, special exhibits, and live music performances. The live musical acts of the celebration ceremony will include 1969 Woodstock headliners, Ringo Starr who originally played alongside along with Arlo Guthrie during their 1969 set. Ringo will be joined by none other than Carlos Santana who originally performed at the festival under the influence of LSD.
The 50th Anniversary Woodstock: A Season of Song & Celebration will be taking place on Aug.15-18 to close out the summer. With that said, check out Carlos Santana and his band perform "Evil Ways" at the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festivals while violently high on psychadelics in the video link provided above. And lastly, stick with AXS for all of your ticketing needs.