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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over this past weekend, the 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock was held at the original grounds of Max Yasgur’s farm. Except these days, it’s called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

Instead of Max, his son Sam Yasgur was there to make an announcement to all the old hippies and younger peace-lovers. He was very happy to be able to see such a reunion take place.

The concert went on long into the night, lasting for a total of about eight hours. Also, many of the performers grouped together to sing not as separate groups, but as many talents in one.

Apparently, a wedding even took place on stage last weekend. Lead singer Leslie West of the group Mountain was married to his bride Jenni Maurer. The two were wed underneath electric guitars that were held up above them.

View a slideshow of pictures from the reunion concert, courtesy of the New York Times.

A cool thing about the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is the they have now opened a Museum dedicated to the spirit of the sixties and Woodstock. It houses exhibits, a theater, several galleries, a shop, cafe, outdoor theater, and classrooms for workshops. Find out more about it at the Museum website.

If you want to read a great review of the concert, visit the New York Times.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I believe I’ve already posted three separate blog pieces about Woodstock, but hey, can you blame me? The fest was awesome and we’re celebrating its 40th birthday this weekend.

Probably one of the most famous posters of all time. Photo from solarnavigator.net.

Probably one of the most famous posters of all time. Photo from solarnavigator.net.

In yet another attempt to pay tribute to the great all-mighty 1969 Woodstockers, Sirius satellite radio has begun an epic task — playing just about every show from the entire three day concert.

One of the classic rock channels, called Deep Tracks, has been taken over by Woodstock performers this weekend! (They even renamed it the Woodstock Channel just for this special programming event.) The celebration of music and arts started on Friday and will end today (Sunday).

Not only will the Woodstock Channel be playing music, but it will also be showcasing interviews with performers about their experiences playing on Yasgur’s Farm, and will also be discussing the new movie about the festival, Taking Woodstock.

Just sitting here this morning watching the Woodstock movie has brought fond feelings to this weekend. That is my own tribute. It was truly a time of happiness and carefree lives. Hopefully the folks attending this weekend’s 40th reunion concert will be able to recreate some of those good natured feelings. I’m sure they will.

Which reminds me, if any of you original Woodstockers have any memories or experiences you’d like to share from the 1969 concert, please share them with me! I’d love to hear about them.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s no surprise that many people, businesses, and artists have been paying homage to Woodstock, the 1969 hippie fest where peace and love ruled all this summer. After all it did happen 40 years ago this month.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

I have seen Woodstock clothes in warehouse and other retail stores. There have been re-releases of the original Woodstock dvd. I even saw some Woodstock pint glasses at Target. Some people have deemed this the ‘Summer of Love’ yet again.

But this seems to be even greater — Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain and Chosen, has created an onscreen homage to the famous festival in his movie Taking Woodstock.

See the complete trailer for Taking Woodstock by clicking this YouTube.com link.

The movie is based on the true story behind the creation of the three day shindig. It starts at the choosing of Yasgur’s farm and ends with the culmination of events from the entire experience. It details locals reactions, kids coming into the music festival, and the general goings-on of the festival creators themselves throughout the whole concert.

Fortunately, the movie will come out soon. August 28 to be exact. That’s only about a week after the real 40th anniversary date of Woodstock. Not bad timing.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited for this flick to premiere. Woodstock, as a topic by itself, is so intriguing. It’s history, culture, and music all wrapped up into one little three day jaunt. Until then, peace and love. 🙂

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Well music lovers, the folks who brought you Lollapalooza this year are famished and finished. The three day festival came to an end last night as Jane’s Addiction, the Killers, and Deadmau5 finished their sets simultaneously around 10pm.

Jane's Addiction performed on Day 3 of Lollapalooza. Photo from Rollingstone.com.

Jane's Addiction performed on Day 3 of Lollapalooza. Photo from Rollingstone.com.

For those of you who went, how difficult was it for you to choose which band to see? Sometimes it is a major problem to have multiple stages at a huge fest because you can’t see everyone you want to see.

Anyway, some of the other bands that played throughout the weekend were the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Depeche Mode, Tool, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, Rise Against, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dog, and Lou Reed.

So you might be wondering, what’s the point of this post if it’s about an event that’s already passed? Well, if you really wanted to go to Lollapalooza this year, but couldn’t make it due to a lack of money, medical emergency, or other heinous act, you still have a chance to see all the performances!

The Fuse television network will be playing a recap of the festival on August 15 at 9pm. To find out about the channel, how to get it if it’s missing from your tv guide, or to download videos of performances, visit fuse.tv. It’s not like seeing the music live, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Even though I wasn’t there, I can pretty much decipher from reviews a little bit of what transpired over the weekend. It seems that fans liked day three the best. That’s all I keep hearing about. Perhaps this is so because of the many headliners that played on that day.

For all you Lollapalooza goers, which day was your favorite?

I will leave you with a shot of the crowd during a Dan Deacon performance. Looks like they had fun crowd surfing!

Fans rocking out at Lollapalooza. Photo from lollapalooza.com.

Fans rocking out at Lollapalooza. Photo from lollapalooza.com.

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Crosby, Stills, and Nash will perform on August 9. Photo from boston.com.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash will perform on August 9. Photo from boston.com.

One of Pennsylvania’s largest summer music festivals opens its doors to tons of waiting fans today, offering three special performances by The Commodores, Martin Sexton, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Musikfest has been happening in downtown Bethlehem for the past twenty five years now. It has brought many large acts from all across the country to the smallish town in Pennsylvania.

This year, the festival will feature 300 performers, including 10 nightly headlining shows. The concerts will take place on fourteen different stages, eleven of which are free. (Free is good.)

Here’s a quick run through of some of the headliners. You can find information on the rest of the bands performing on the lineup website. I would love to list them all for you, but then this post would never end.

  • The Commodores
  • Chris Isaak/The Wallflowers
  • Yes with special guest Asia
  • David Cook with Green River Ordinance
  • Third Eye Blind with Matt Nathanson
  • The B-52s/Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Puddle of Mudd with special guest Stasis
  • Pat Benetar & Blondie with The Donnas
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers with Jonny Lang
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash

You can see that the festival offers something for everyone. The musical tastes being provided are certainly eclectic to say the least. Each headliner (or two) will be performing one of the nine nights the festival runs.

It should be noted that the headliners cost some money. You can find tickets for each show here. But if you don’t feel like spending the money, there are still tons of free performers spread out all over Bethlehem. It might be quite nice to just walk around and take in the sights and sounds. There are also craft, art, and food vendors all over the place, too.

The whole town pretty much turns into one big music celebration. I recommend you join in the fun!

Get the low down at Musikfest.org.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

After endless amounts of talk and speculation, the jam band Phish has finally decided on a location for their fall three day music festival, called Festival 8. It will happen during Halloween, on October 30 through November 1, and will surely give Phish fans something to talk about.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

Photo by Jeff Kravitz.

The location, you ask? The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The venue is beautiful, judging from the photos on its website. Fans will be surrounded in a tropical, lush paradise overlooking the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains.

It was not easy to decipher exactly where the band would choose to play their festival.  Leading up to the big announcement, fans checked their site daily. They dragged fans on a mysterious adventure through their website to find out. On a map of the United States, they took away a different state each day until, finally, California was the last man standing.

East coast Phish fans might be really bummed (I know I was) to find out that the band will play on the other side of the country. It’s not always easy for some people to travel that far to see good music. However, Phish played the least amount of shows on the west coast in their comeback tour. Perhaps this is their way of evening things out a little.

The band will play eight sets over the course of the three days. To purchase tickets and read up about the festival, visit the Festival 8 website.

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Looking for something interesting to do this Labor day weekend? Are you an avid lover of jam bands and camping outdoors in a festival setting? Well, I’ve got your weekend planned out already. Moe.Down is coming to the Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, NY and will provide you with every festival desire you could ask for.

Here is a shot of the whole festival taken last year. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Here is a shot of the whole festival taken last year. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Moe.Down has been happening in the ski area for the past nine years now. It’s a great location for a fest — the ski slopes provide quite a large hill for fans to spread out on, giving everyone a great view of the stage, which is set up at the bottom of the slopes. This year will be the festival’s 10th year.

Music will happen from Friday through Sunday. (That’s September 4-6.) That gives fans three days of music to enjoy. And of course, three days of camping to enjoy, too. Camping is arguably one of the things that makes the whole experience come together. There’s nothing like dancing all day and then cozying up in your sleeping bag at night!

The Lineup:

  • moe.
  • Cake
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Method Man and Redman
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Matthew Sweet
  • Sam Bush
  • The New Mastersounds
  • Ominous Seapods
  • The Heavy Pets
  • Okemah
  • The Nate Wilson Group
  • Family Groove Company
  • Lynch
  • My Dear Disco
  • The London Souls

I am psyched for this festival. It might be one of the bigger festies for the reset of this summer. The only thing I question is — Method Man and Redman? What are these guys doing at a hippie fest? I suppose it could be interesting. (I’ll probably still go see them.)

If you’re wondering where the name of this festival came from, it’s moe.! The band founded the fest to help spread happy vibes and music. The cool thing about that is that they will be playing multiple sets all throughout the weekend.

If you want to purchase tickets for this event, visit the ticketing website.

Get ready to camp, enjoy music, and dance your ass off! Gimme some moe.

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