Fifty Years of Peace & Music | 2. Sweetwater

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


Day One, Performer Two
Sweetwater
Performed Friday, August 15, 6:15–7:00 pm

Sweetwater on stage at Woodstock.

Sweetwater on stage at Woodstock: Nancy Nevins, August Burns, Fred Herrera, Albert Moore, Elpidio Cobian. Not shown: Alex Del Zoppo and Alan Malarowitz.

Nancy Nevins: vocals
Albert Moore: flute, vocals
August Burns: cello
Alex Del Zoppo: keyboards, vocals
Fred Herrera: bass, vocals
Elpidio Cobian: congas, percussion
Alan Malarowitz: drums Read More

Fifty Years of Peace & Music | 1. Richie Havens

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


Day One, Performer One
Richie Havens
Performed Friday, August 15, 5:00–5:45 p.m.

Havens

Deano Williams, Richie Havens, and Daniel Ben Zebulon on-stage at Woodstock (Photo by Doug Lenier. Bethel Woods Collection, gift of Doug Lenier)

Richie Havens: guitar, vocals
Paul “Deano” Williams: guitar
Daniel “Natoga” Ben Zebulon: percussion, congas Read More

Fifty 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

Voting Rights: How Far Have We Come?

Introduction and conclusion by Megan Culbert. Story and research by Jim Shelley.

Today, we honor Black History Month by remembering Jimmie Lee Jackson, a person who stood up for his beliefs during an incredibly volatile time in American history. The murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, an unarmed African American man who was killed on this day, February 18, in 1965, set off a chain of events, the effects of which still resonate today. The murder created a catalyst for the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the brutal attack on peaceful protestors at the first march—and the subsequent outrage it caused—led to the passing of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. The United States Supreme Court struck down a provision of this important act in 2013, declaring it unconstitutional due to an outdated coverage formula. Read about the details of Jimmie Lee Jackson’s story below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Read More