The Ramkat to host the Spirit of Woodstock Celebration
The Forsyth Association of Rock Musicians (FARM) and The Ramkat are proud to announce the “Spirit of Woodstock” event to commemorate and celebrate the Woodstock Music Festival, held in Bethel, New York, on Aug. 16-18, 1969.
With over half a million people coming to a 600-acre farm to hear 32 acts (leading and emerging performers of the time) play over the course of four days (Aug. 15-18), Woodstock showed a spotlight on such signature acts including but not limited to: Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Janis Joplin and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Woodstock is still known as one of the most significant happenings of all time and –perhaps- the most pivotal moment in music history.
On Friday evening, Aug. 16, FARM will bring three bands: Gypsy Soul, Fifty Years On, and Spindle 45, with their special guests (for a total of two dozen area musicians) who will perform music played at the first event. While the official 5 and ½ hour film, and corresponding three vinyl LP release, captured many of the festival’s highlights, it was impossible to represent all of them, For that reason, F.A.R.M. searched for the setlists of every performer at Woodstock, and made them available to the bands as they crafted their set. Among the artists chosen are Santana, Crosby Stills and Nash, Janis Joplin, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Joe Cocker. Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat, Johnny Winter, Arlo Gutherie and more.
FARM co-founder Jon Epstein said, “Woodstock was so pivotal and occupied a big space in millions of people’s musical journey, that we felt we had to celebrate the anniversary in a special way here in the city of Art and Innovation.” In light of Woodstock 50 being canceled, we also feel this is an opportunity to pay tribute with the vast talent our city has to offer.”
The musicians who will perform are (in alphabetical order: Laurie Alley, Mike Bennett, Rod Bettini, Randy Carter, Trey Childress, Trina Cleveland, Dale Cole, Matt D’Amico, Dan Dockery, Jon Epstein, Kate Evans, Dustin Foley, Neal Goode, Rick Gustaitis, Jim Harvish, Renee Henry, Neal Holladay, Kim King, Audrey Muck, Bradford Reaves, Paul Schuh, David Smith, and Matt Weiser.)