On last Friday night, a concert held at the Stanley Theater for paying tribute to the musicians of the Woodstock festival in the year 1969.
Woodstock, the American music festival held in the year 1969, from 15th of August to 18th of August. More than 4 lakh people joined the event as the audience. The event took place at a dairy farm of Max Yasgur which extended over 600 acres in Bethel, New York. This was also known as the Bethel Rock Festival or the Aquarian Music Festival.
The historic Baroque movie palace, The Stanley Theatre is located in Utica, New York. It opened its doors back in the year 1928, September 10. The first movie to be shown there was ‘Ramona.’ Even after various changes in its ownership, the theater is still affiliated with Warner Brothers Pictures. The Stanley-Mark Strand Corporation chain initially owns the theater, but the Warner Brothers purchased it just three days before its inauguration.
More than 30 local artists performed some of the well known and infamous songs of the original performers. The Who, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Band, Blood, and Sweat and Tears were a few of the many songs performed at the event. Linda Iannone, the Director of Booking and Events of The Stanley Theater, that around 37 local musicians, who aged with some of this music had brought it out to the public. She further added that the audiences had a great time.
Though no Woodstock is being held this year (the festival turned 50 in 2019), The Stanley Theater did cope up for the loss, at least to some extent.