This year marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and the concert’s co-creator Michael Lang has confirmed the date and location for a three-day festival celebrating the iconic fest. Lang said “The original festival in ‘69 was a reaction by the youth of the time to the causes we felt compelled to fight for — civil rights, women’s rights, and the antiwar movement, and it gave way to our mission to share peace, love, and music. Today, we’re experiencing similar disconnects in our country, and one thing we’ve learned is that music has the power to bring people together. So, it’s time to bring the Woodstock spirit back, get involved, and make our voices heard.” The event will take place August 16th, 17th and 18th in Watkins Glen, New York, and while the lineup won’t be announced until February, Lang tells “Rolling Stone” there will be over 40 performers, including some big name headliners. “It’ll be an eclectic bill,” he says. “It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.” Lang also notes that some of the “newer bands,” will take part in “celebrations of artists from the original Woodstock,” like possibly Janis Joplin, the Band, Jefferson Airplane and Joe Cocker. “Having contemporary artists interpret that music would be a really interesting and exciting idea,” he says. “We’re also looking for unique collaborations, maybe some reunions and a lot of new and up-and-coming talent.” And while Lang did mention some possible “reunions” and “bands from the original Woodstock,” he wasn't specific. And finally, good news if fans can’t get to Watkins Glen, or don’t want to deal with the travel or camping, Lang says the concert will be livestreamed online. Would you head to Watkins Glen for the concert or would you watch it streamed live. I would love to go for one day, but I don't think I could handle all three days. What about you? Let me know on the TRY Facebook page.
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