Here are the biggest musical moments from the festival billed as "Three Days of Peace and Music. Richie Havens performing onstage at the Woodstock, August 15, Havens ended up performing an extra long set, literally playing every song he knew while Woodstock staff finished building the stage around him. After multiple encores, a sweat-soaked Havens came out to play one more song without any idea what it was going to be. Bassist David Brown left performs with the other members of Santana, including bandleader Carlos Santana with guitar on right and percussionist Michael Carabello right , at Woodstock, August 16, Guitar genius Carlos Santana and his band were another group of newcomers who had recently recorded their first album before taking the Woodstock stage on Saturday afternoon. Rumor has it that Carlos, thinking he had hours before their set, had taken a dose of mescaline, a highly hallucinogenic drug, right before stepping on stage. Whether it was the brain-altering chemicals or the natural intoxication of playing live in front of hundreds of thousands of people, Santana showed off the guitar solo skills that would earn him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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The grounds were muddy, littered with hippies and smelled like an uninviting combination of reefer and feces. More than 30 artists performed over the three-day weekend. Some were established stars, others were just getting their start. And most of them had breakthrough performances at the festival. Even if their sets weren't all that great, they were elevated by their association with the granddaddy of all music fests.
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Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone ' s "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll". The musical artists who performed at Woodstock and the songs that they played are listed below. Havens agreed to perform first when the members of Sweetwater, who had been intended to open the festival, got stuck in traffic on the way to the event. The day opened at p. This was just the band's second performance together. Soul" and "Wonderin'" and joined Crosby, Stills and Nash during the electric set, but refused to be filmed. Young felt the filming was distracting both performers and audience from the music. As a result, Young's name was dropped in the concert film and on its soundtrack though his name is included in Chip Monck's introduction of the band in the film.
Originally slated from August 15th — August 17th for an estimated , concertgoers, the now-historic music and cultural event stretched to roughly noon on August 18th and, at its peak, swelled to an astonishing , attendees. Martin Luther King Jr. Even in the craziest of circumstances, the frantically unorganized Woodstock somehow became a utopian city where music was played, freedom thrived, and people lived together in communal peace and harmony… and mud. To celebrate, we narrowed down the list of the top 15 most impressive performances—the ones that outshined, blew acid-soaked minds, and have since stood the test of time. His statement was slightly misstated, being that the thruway had never actually shut down completely. However traffic had stretched over ten miles from the concert-grounds and some areas of the highway had become nearly impassable due to abandoned cars along the roadway. Despite battling humid weather which would cause the guitars to frequently go out of tune and various other technical difficulties, these fearless British blues-rockers put themselves on the map with their unbridled energy and face-melting guitar wizardry. Coming in at number thirteen is folk artist Richie Havens , the very first performer to step on stage at Woodstock. Taking the stage at roughly p.