In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, the Deane Center for the Performing Arts is showing the documentary film “Woodstock” on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
Woodstock was a music festival held Aug. 15 through Aug. 18 in 1969. It attracted an audience of more than 400,000 young hippies who gathered peacefully at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock. It was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.”
This festival was the pop culture music event of the decade and arguably to this day the single most profound event in the history of music. When it began, people had to pay to get in but with so many, the fences were torn down and it became a free concert open to the public.
Woodstock featured one of the most prolific musical lineups in history with 32 acts. Among the performers were Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, The Who, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The entire psychedelic music vein became popularized at Woodstock 69 and still influences bands to this day.
Admission is a $10 per person donation to support the Deane Center and its programs. This is a BYOB event. Bring beverages and snacks and reserve a table free of charge by calling (570) 724-6220.