Fifty years have past since some of the great rock music acts of that era played at an outdoor music festival called Woodstock.
From Aug. 15-18, 1969, acts including Jimi Hendrix, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Credence Clearwater, Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young, Arlo Guthrie, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe and the Fish, Santana and Joe Cocker played at the epic festival, held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of the small town of Woodstock.
Some of the best of Woodstock’s music will be played on stage at the Lyric Theatre Aug. 26 as the Peace and Love Tour comes to Brownwood to celebrate the festival’s 50th anniversary. The Lyric, of course, can’t accommodate the 400,000 who attended the actual festival.
The Paisley Craze Band will play the music of Woodstock in a two-hour tribute concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy the pre-show festivities, including Woodstock trivia, tie-dye merchandise and photo booths.
Tickets are available at the Lyric website, brownwoodlyrictheatre.com
“I think this concert’s going to be a special thing,” said Eric Evans, the Lyric’s managing director. “I think there’s going to be a lot of history. I think they’re only going to do the best of the best.”
While the music will have a pull on those old enough to remember Woodstock as it happened, members of the younger generation will also thoroughly enjoy the show, Evans said.
“This will be one of those events that people will want to come and live the moment,” Evans said. “It’s not just a concert but a moment people have a deep appreciation for.”
Evans said while many people may be familiar with the acts, some may not realize those particular acts played at Woodstock.
“They’re very good,” Evans said of the Paisley Caze band. The music’s very good.”