Update On Woodstock 50: Vernon Downs Doesn't Want It!

When it was first announced about a year ago that there was going to be a Woodstock 50th anniversary concert, I think we were all behind the idea! Let's honor the spirit and music of the original Woodstock and have a party. But then things got crazy. Woodstock 50 would not be held in Woodstock at all. They chose Watkin's Glen as the stage for the three day festival. Okay, that sounded like it could be fun. But then funding was pulled, Watkins Glen said no thank you, and suddenly there was no venue to hold the show. Keep in mind, that the promoters had booked all kinds of acts for this concert like Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Dead and Company and so many more. And keep in mind that they pay those people in advance to keep the dates open. When Watkins Glen pulled out, they decided to try for a smaller venue, one that would hold 65,000 people, like Vernon Downs, outside of Utica. Okay, that's doable, but last night, Vernon Downs rejected the permit for Woodstock 50, which means it's not going to happen there. Sure the promoters can appeal, but let's face it, how can you put on a huge concert with only five weeks to prepare. The show is supposed to be held on August 16, 17 and 18. I can't plan a party in that amount of time, let alone a huge concert. So I think it's time for us all to accept the reality that there isn't going to be a Woodstock 50. Let's just honor that amazing event that took place 50 years ago on Max Yasgur's farm by listening to the music that was played then. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best thing anyway

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