50 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 afternoon, August 15, 5:00–5:45 p.m.


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

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

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States Supreme Court struck down a provision of this important act in 2013, declaring it unconstitutional due to an outdated coverage formula.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

A Thank You Letter To Bethel Woods

Bethel Woods Pavilion

Reposted with permission from Cheyenne Corbine.
Originally posted on February 8, 2016 on The Odyssey.

When everything and everyone around me is changing, I know I can always come back to you and go back to being 17 for a night.

A car filled with familiar faces. Windows rolled down. Country music blasting from whichever station is coming through the static best on the back roads that we’re driving down just a little too fast to avoid the inevitable traffic.

We know the parking lot will already be more than half full once we get there. We know which trucks to avoid and which trucks to sprint to. We know this night like the back of our hands, because we’ve lived it before. We’ve lived it multiple times every summer since middle school.

It’s the kind of night that stays with you forever, the feelings you can’t seem to forget, the memories you’ll never fully shake.

Most importantly, it’s the place that holds those nights, feelings and memories. It’s the place you close your eyes and mentally escape to on a rainy day. It’s your happy place. Read More