50 Years of Peace & Music | Introduction

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019


A monthly blog series about the musicians of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair

For 32 months, from January 2017 to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival in August 2019, we will post the story of the 32 musical acts that performed at the most famous rock festival in history. Visit us here on the first Thursday of every month between now and August 2019. Read More

50 Years of Peace & Music | 30. the Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019

Day Three, Performer 8
the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Performed Monday morning, August 18, 6:00–7:15 am

Paul Butterfield blows the harp while Gene Dinwiddie and David Sanborn join in on tenor and alto saxophone on the Woodstock stage. Screen grab from the Woodstock documentary (1970).

Paul Butterfield: harmonica, vocals
Buzzy Feiten: guitar
Steve Madalo: trumpet
Keith Johnson: trumpet
Gene Dinwiddie: tenor saxophone
David Sanborn: alto saxophone
Trevor Lawrence: baritone saxophone
Teddy Harris: piano
Rod Hicks: bass
Phillip Wilson: drums
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50 Years of Peace & Music | 29. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019

Day Three, Performer 7
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Performed Monday morning, August 18, 3:30–5:00 am

Crosby, Stills & Nash had only performed publicly as a group once before they arrived at Woodstock. Shortly before the festival, Neil Young was added to the group, making Woodstock CSNY’s first public performance. Left to right: Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Neil Young, and Graham Nash. Photo © Barry Z Levine.

David Crosby: guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills: guitar, vocals
Graham Nash: guitar, vocals
Neil Young: guitar, vocals
Greg Reeves: bass
Dallas Taylor: drums
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50 Years of Peace & Music | 28. Blood, Sweat & Tears

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019

Day Three, Performer 6
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Performed Monday morning, August 18, 1:45–2:45 am

David Clayton-Thomas leading Blood, Sweat & Tears at Woodstock. Screen-grab from the film, Woodstock (1970).

David Clayton-Thomas: vocals, guitar
Steve Katz: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dick Halligan: keyboards, trombone, flute
Jerry Hyman: trombone
Fred Lipsius: alto saxophone, piano
Lew Soloff: trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Winfield: trumpet, flugelhorn
Jim Fielder: bass
Bobby Colomby: drums
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50 Years of Peace & Music | 27. Johnny Winter

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019

Day Three, Performer 5
Johnny Winter
Performed Monday morning, August 18, midnight–1:10 am

Johnny Winter performing on-stage at Woodstock.

Johnny Winter: guitar, vocals
Edgar Winter: keyboards
Tommy Shannon: bass
“Uncle” John Turner: drums
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50 Years of Peace & Love | 26. The Band

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, August 1969–2019

Day Three, Performer 4
The Band
Performed Sunday night, August 17, 10:00–10:50 pm

Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Robert Manuel of The Band performing at Woodstock. Not pictured are Garth Hudson and Rick Danko.

Robbie Robertson: guitar, vocals
Garth Hudson: organ, keyboards, saxophone
Richard Manuel: piano, drums, vocals
Rick Danko: bass, vocals
Levon Helm: drums, mandolin, vocals
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