Bethel Woods announced that Ringo Starr and Santana would run the legendary Woodstock site on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1969 festival. The Half-Centennial Event of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York – a festival distinct from that organized by Woodstock founder, Michael Lang, at Watkins Glen, New York – will also feature performances by Edgar Winter Band and Doobie Brothers from August 15 through to the 18th, the exact dates of the original festival.
Thursday, August 15, Bethel Woods will host the screening of the concert film. Woodstock: The Director's Cup in the field where the festival happened. Starr and the Edgar Winter Band will perform Friday in the 15,000-seat amphitheater, with Santana and Doobie Brothers booking for Saturday. Sunday participants will be announced soon.
Carlos Santana, who played at the 1969 festival, had previously revealed to Rolling stone that he was aligned with the celebration of Bethel Woods and not on Woodstock 50.
"They have an amphitheater out there," Santana said in January at the Bethel Woods event. "I'm going to invite all those present, whether it's Joan Baez or Sly Stone, and I'm going to play Santana's music. Santana will be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still there and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar. Like Miles Davis, Santana is very interested in contacts with people under 33 years old. I do not want to be like a jukebox in the twilight zone, stuck in the sixties. "
However, with only four reserved artists, Bethel Woods dramatically reduced the initial scope of their 50th anniversary celebration, which originally promised "live performances of important and emerging artists spanning several genres and decades, and discussions at the TED with great futurists and retro artists. technical experts. "
"We are touched by the interest in this anniversary year and we realized it was bigger than we ever dreamed," said Darlene Fedun, Executive Director of the Bethel Woods Arts Center. a statement. "We recognize the importance of this place for so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is at the heart of The Song and Celebration Season, as it offers our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and celebrate the legacy of what happened here. "
Michael Lang's Woodstock 50 festival, to be held from August 16 to 18, will announce its programming when the tickets go on sale later this month, although the organizer has already indicated that 40 bands, including big name poster heads, had already been reserved.
"It will be an eclectic bill," said Lang Rolling stone. "It will be hip-hop and rock, pop and some of the traditional bands from the original festival."