Today Is Woodstock's 48th Anniversary

August 15, 2017

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair

aka The Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock

 

The legendary music festival

attracted an audience of over 400,000 people

Scheduled over three days

on a dairy farm in New York

from August 15 to 17, 1969

but ultimately ran four days long

Jimi Hendrix ended the festival after a two-hour - ten minute

performance at 11:10 AM Monday - August 18, 1969

 

The Players

Friday - August 15 

 

Richie Havens

5:07 pm – 7:00 pm

Swami Satchidananda 7:10 pm – 7:20 pm

Gave the opening speech/invocation for the festival

Sweetwater

7:30 pm – 8:10 pm

Bert Sommer

8:20 pm – 9:15 pm

Tim Hardin

9:20 pm – 9:45 pm

Ravi Shankar

10:00 pm – 10:35 pm

Played through the rain

Melanie

10:50 pm – 11:20 pm

Saturday - August 16 

 

Arlo Guthrie

11:55 pm – 12:25 am

Joan Baez

12:55 am – 2:00 am

Joan was six months pregnant at the time

Quill

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Country Joe McDonald

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Joe later performed together with The Fish

Santana

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Michael Shrieve was the band's drummer was the youngest musician to play at the festival at ago 20

John Sebastian

3:30 pm – 3:55 pm

John Sebastian was not on the bill

but rather was attending the festival

He was recruited to perform while the promoters

John P. Roberts - Joel Rosenman 

Artie Kornfeld - Michael Lang

waited for many of the scheduled performers to arrive

Keef Hartley Band

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

The Incredible String Band

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Canned Heat

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mountain

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This performance was only Mountain's third gig as a band

Grateful Dead 10:30 pm – 12:05 am

The Dead's set was cut short after the stage amps overloaded during "Turn On Your Love Light"

Creedence Clearwater Revival 12:30 am – 1:20 am

 

Sunday, August 17

 

Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band

2:00 am – 3:00 am

Sly and the Family Stone

3:30 am – 4:20 am

The Who

5:00 am – 6:05 am

Briefly interrupted by Abbie Hoffman

Jefferson Airplane

8:00 am – 9:40 am

Former Jeff Beck Group piano player Nicky Hopkins

joined the Airplane on stage

 

Sunday - August 17 

 

Joe Cocker and The Grease Band

2:00 pm – 3:25 pm

Joe played "With A Little Help From My Friends."

After his set a thunderstorm

disrupted the events for several hours

Country Joe and the Fish

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonald's second performance

Ten Years After

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

The Band

10:00 pm – 10:50 pm

Monday - August 18th

 

Johnny Winter

12:00 am – 1:05 am

Johnny Winter's brother, Edgar Winter 

played on three songs

Blood, Sweat & Tears

1:30 am – 2:30 am

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

3:00 am – 4:00 am

An acoustic and electric set were played

Neil Young skipped most of the acoustic set

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

6:00 am – 6:45 am

Sha Na Na

7:30 am – 8:00 am

Jimi Hendrix / Gypsy Sun & Rainbows

9:00 am – 11:10 am

Jimi performed to a considerably smaller crowd

of fewer than 200,000 people maybe even 50,000

 

 

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