Two Woodstock 50th Anniversary Parties on Tap Saturday

Sat 8/17 @ 2-7PM

Sat 8/17 @ 7:30PM

In 1969, from August 15-18, a landmark event occurred in upstate New York: the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition” and “3 Days of Peace and Music.” It was actually more like three days of rain and mud, but nevermind. Many of the performances by artists such as the Jefferson Airplane, the Who and Jimi Hendrix are indelibly stamped in the minds of music fans.

You can spend this Saturday experiencing/reliving Woodstock, sans rain and mud (hopefully), with a couple of events. Star the day at Toby’s Plaza outside moCa Cleveland in University Circle from 2-7pm. Grateful Dead tribute band Into the Blue will play two sets from 2-4pm; there’ll be “Woodstock Yoga” from 2-3pm and the chance to tie-dye your own T-shirt — bring along one to play around with. There’ll also be a Woodstock and Dave’s Cosmic Rock Club (formerly the Barking Spider) will be there with their hippie-themed subs.

Then dash on down to Public Hall, where at 7:30pm, The Music Settlement and U.S. Tours will be presenting “Back to the Garden 1969,” a Woodstock tribute show. Public Hall is the idea location because in 1969, that’s where bands like the Who, Led Zeppelin, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young performed, back before Richfield Coliseum was built. So you’ll get some of the flavor of what the era was like in Cleveland.

We’re told that the ground floor is already spoken for by tour-goers from around the country — does the band bring its own audience, something like the Grateful Dead did? But $25 balcony seats are on sale to the general public. And $10 of each ticket will go to the music education programs at The Music Settlement.


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