While this month marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, not much is happening to commemorate that 1969 event, which saw more than 400,000 people gathered at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near Woodstock, New York, for what was billed as an Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music. However, our own Woodstock has much to offer to those looking for live music. You can hear a variety of musical genres, from local artists to nationally known acts, performing in our burgeoning music scene.
Plan a visit to downtown Woodstock where, on any given evening, you can find numerous downtown restaurants, rooftop bars and a local coffee shop offering a broad variety of live music options. You can hear everything from local singer-songwriters working out new material to nationally touring cover bands plugging in, turning up their amps and belting out their hits.
Yes, even in Georgia – Woodstock is known for its music.
– Contributing writer, Dave Loudin
Friday Night Live
The first Friday of each month, March through December, means the streets of downtown Woodstock are filled for Friday Night Live. Many local acts and street performers come out to entertain and help bring our community together. The central theme of the event changes every month, and has included Mardi Gras, Star Wars Night and, last month, a salute to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. visitwoodstockga.com/event-group/friday-night-live.
The Lantern Series
At the Elm Street Event Green, you can find The Lantern Series, presented by the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center. This series is designed to bring world-renowned artists to our community, representing different genres, backgrounds and ideologies. Upcoming performances include The Lone Bellow, Soulsha, and the Gina Furtado Project. You owe it to yourself to check out this highly entertaining concert experience, which also includes a competitive table-decorating contest. www.elmstreetarts.org/lantern-series.
WDSTK Summer Concert Series
This season, the Woodstock Summer Concert Series at Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater has continued its tradition of providing outstanding entertainment and drawing huge crowds. Thousands of music fans have enjoyed the series, which has featured performances by local country music favorite, and Grand Ole Opry inductee, Mark Wills, and the ’90s rock band Better Than Ezra. The multi-platinum-selling rock legend Little River Band will perform on Aug. 10. www.woodstockconcertseries.com.