Only one rock concert made such a huge and lasting impression that an entire generation was named for it. Fifty years ago, more than 400,000 members of the Woodstock generation gathered in upstate New York to celebrate “three days of peace and music.”
“Free Fridays” Concert Series, is presenting a Woodstock tribute concert on Friday, August 16, at 8 p.m.at Bo Diddley Plaza to also celebrate peace and music. The concert is the brainchild of local musician Bob McPeek, who originally proposed the idea to “Free Fridays” coordinator David Ballard 10 years ago for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. For that concert over 3000 attendees, many dressed in tie dye and other 60’s garb joined the celebration. This 50th .anniversary edition has all of the band members from 10 years ago returning for an even bigger celebration.
Says McPeek, “The first overnight trip I took without an adult or parent was to Woodstock. I was just 17. Seeing The Who play at dawn made me realize that I wanted to make music my life. Ten years ago we celebrated the cultural watershed of Woodstock with the largest crowd ever to attend a “Free Fridays” concert. It was amazing! It is a privilege and delight to do this again with my good friends and a fabulous crowd. We invite everyone to join the Woodstock generation!”
Joining McPeek (guitar and vocals) on stage are The Relics, an impressive cast of some of Gainesville’s finest musical talent. They include Janet Rucker (guitar and vocals) who also attended the original Woodstock, Fagan Arouh (guitar and vocals), David Ottenberg (bass and vocals), Rob Rothschild (drums and percussion), Brad Bangstad, (keyboards and vocals), Cathy DeWitt (piano and vocals), Dan Tampas (guitar and vocals), and Michelle Ott (vocals and percussion). Noted actor and singer Gregg Jones will serve as MC, Woodstock announcer and vocalist.
The Relics Woodstock Tribute concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).