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Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Friday 15 August 1969
A little more time would have been nice

Whether Woodstock Ventures was ready or not, the first day arrived. As I’ve indicated, there were thousands of people already on the field by Wednesday and the organizers realized that without booths that selling or collecting tickets was unlikely.

They would dance with who brung them.

The following is a listing of who played that first day, what they played, and how long they played. Keep in mind that while the organizers were well-organized (despite the myths), keeping track of times and players was not high on anyone’s list (insert joke here). The following seems to be accurate, but not definitive.

Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Richie Havens 

Richie Havens started at 5:15 pm; played for 45 minutes

  • Richie Havens: guitar, vocals
  • Paul “Deano” Williams: guitar, vocals
  • Danielle Ben Zebulon: percussion, conga drum, vocals

Set list

  • The Minstrel from Gault
  • From the Prison > Get Together > From the Prison
  • I’m a Stranger Here
  • High Flyin’ Bird
  • I Can’t Make It Anymore
  • With A Little Help from my Friends
  • Handsome Johnny
  • Strawberry Fields For Ever
  • Motherless Child/Freedom
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Swami Satchidananda addressed the audience and spoke about peace (6 PM).

Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Sweetwater

Sweetwater started at 6.30 pm; played for 45 minutes.

Nancy Nevins: guitar, vocals
Albert Moore: flute, vocals
August Burns: cello
Alex Del Zoppo: keyboards
Harvey Gerst: guitar
Fred Herrera: bass
Elpidio Cobain: conga drums
Alan Malarowitz: drums
Set list
  • Motherless Child
  • Look Out
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • What’s Wrong
  • Crystal Spider
  • Two Worlds
  • Why Oh Why
  • Let the Sunshine In
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Day Song

Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Bert Sommer

Bert Sommer started at 7:30 pm; played for approx 40 minutes.

  • Bert Sommer: guitar, vocal
  • Ira Stone: electric guitar, Hammond organ, harmonica
  • Charlie Bilello: bass
Set list:
  • Jennifer
  • The Road To Travel
  • I Wondered Where You Be
  • She’s Gone
  • Things Are Going My Way
  • And When It’s Over
  • Jeanette
  • America (Paul Simon)
  • A Note That Read
  • Smile
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Tim Hardin

Tim Hardin started at 9 pm; played for 30 minutes.

Tim Hardin: vocals, guitar
Richard Bock: cello
Ralph Towner: guitar, piano
Giles Malkine: guitar
Glen Moore: bass
Steve “Muruga” Booker: drums
Set list:
  • (How Can We) Hang on to a Dream
  • Susan
  • If I Were a Carpenter
  • Reason to Believe
  • You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie
  • Speak Like a Child
  • Snow White Lady
  • Blue on My Ceiling
  • Simple Song of Freedom
  • Misty Roses
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

 Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar started at 10 pm; played for 40 minutes.

Ravi Shankar: sitar Maya Kulkarni: tamboura
Ustad Alla Rakha: tabla
Set list:
  • Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat in Sawarital
  • Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
  • Raga Manj Kmahaj
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Melanie

Melanie played instead of Incredible String Band. She started at 11 pm; played for approx 20 minutes.

Melanie Safka: vocals, guitar
Set list:
  • Close to It All
  • Momma Momma
  • Beautiful People
  • Animal Crackers
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Tuning My Guitar
  • Birthday of the Sun
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie started at 12 midnight; played for approx 40 minutes.

  • Arlo Guthrie: vocal, guitar
  • John Pilla: guitar
  • Bob Arkin: bass
  • Paul Motian: drums
Set list:
  • Coming into Los Angeles
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Walking Down the Line
  • Arlo Speech: Exodus
  • Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
  • Every Hand in the Land
  • Amazing Grace
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Joan Baez

Joan Baez started at 1 am; played for approx 60 minutes.

Joan Baez: vocals, guitar Richard Festinger: guitar
Jeffrey Shurtleff: vocals, guitar
Set list:
  • Oh Happy Day
  • The Last Thing On My Mind
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Story about how the Federal Marshalls came to take David Harris into custody  
  • No Expectations
  • Joe Hill
  • Sweet Sir Galahad
  • Hickory Wind
  • Drug Store Truck Driving Man
  • I Live One Day at a Time
  • Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South
  • Let Me Wrap You in My Warm and Tender Love
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We Shall Overcome
Day 1 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

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Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Saturday 16 August 1969

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

My piece of…

…the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was mainly day 2. My friend Tony and I had left New Jersey on Friday night after hearing about heavy traffic around the festival. Leaving 12 hours early for what we thought would be a 90 minute trip seemed a good idea.

Around the same time that Arlo Guthrie announced that authorities had closed it, we drove up the NY Thruway.

We arrived in the Monticello area within a couple of hours, but as everyone knows, Rt 17B was jammed. We crawled along for a few miles before deciding to pull off the road and park. It was dark. It was misty. And there were as many people walking toward the festival as away, the latter saying the festival was cancelled.

We slept in the car until dawn, got up, and started walking. Around noon we got to the field, put our uncollected tickets back in our pockets, and waited.

It was a beautiful day literally and figuratively. It was going to be an historic weekend. Here is the line up, their personnel, and set list for Woodstock Day Two.

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Quill

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Quill started at 12.15 pm; played for 30 minutes.

Dan Cole: vocals
Jon Cole: bass, vocals
Norman Rogers: guitar, vocals
Phil Thayer: keyboard, saxophone, flute
Roger North: drums
Set list:
  • They Live the Life
  • That’s How I Eat
  • Driftin’
  • Waitin’ for You
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Country Joe

Country Joe was not on Saturday’s schedule, but trying to keep the music going once started required some ingenuity on the part of Michael Lang et al.

They recruited a guitar-less Joe with a strapless guitar and a found piece of rope. Joe’s solo performance has become part of the Woodstock legacy.

He  started at 1 pm; played for 30 minutes,

Set list:
  • Janis
  • Donovan’s Reef
  • Heartaches by the Number
  • Ring of Fire
  • Tennessee Stud
  • Rockin’ Round the World
  • Flying All the Way
  • Seen a Rocket
  • “Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Santana

Santana started at 2 pm; played for 45 minutes.

  • Carlos Santana: guitar
  • Gregg Rolie: vocals, keyboard
  • David Brown: bass
  • Jose “Chepito” Areas: timbales, congas, percussion
  • Mike Carabello: timbales, congas, percussion
  • Michael Shrieve: drums
Set list:
  • Waiting
  • Evil Ways
  • You Just Don’t Care
  • Savor
  • Jingo
  • Persuasion
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

John Sebastian

Like Country Joe, Woodstock Ventures drafted the unscheduled John Sebastian to perform to buy time for setting up the next group. The solo Sebastian started at 3.30 pm and played for 25 minutes.

Set list:
  • How Have You Been
  • Rainbows All Over Your Blues
  • I Had A Dream
  • Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  • Younger Generation
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Keef Hartley Band

Keef Hartley Band started at 4.45 pm; played for approx 45 minutes

Keef Hartley: drums
Miller Anderson: guitar, vocals
Jimmy Jewell: saxophone
Henry Lowther: trumpet, violin
Gary Thain: bass
Set list:
  • Spanish Fly
  • She’s Gone
  • Too Much Thinkin’
  • Believe In You
Halfbreed Medley: Sinnin’ For You (Intro) >Leaving Trunk > Just to Cry > Sinnin’ for You
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

The Incredible String Band

The Incredible String Band were scheduled for Friday’s folk lineup, but travel issues prevented that. They started at 6 pm; played for 30 minutes.

Mike Heron: multi-instrumentals
Robin Williamson: vocals, multi-instrumentals
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie: organ, vocals, multi-instrumentals
Rose Simpson: bass, vocals, multi-instrumentals
Set list:
  • Invocation (Spoken Word)
  • The Letter
  • Gather ‘Round
  • This Moment
  • Come with Me
  • When You Find Out Who You Are
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Canned Heat

Canned Heat started at 7.30 pm; played for 60 minutes.

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob “The Bear” Hite: vocals, harmonica
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel: guitar
Larry “The Mole” Taylor: bass
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra: drums
Set list:
  • I’m Her Man
  • Going Up the Country
  • A Change Is Gonna Come / Leaving This Town
  • Too Many Drivers at the Wheel
  • I Know My Baby
  • Woodstock Boogie
  • On the Road Again
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

MountainDay 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Mountain started at 9 pm; played for 60 minutes.

Leslie West: guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi: bass
Steve Knight: keyboards
Norman “N.D.” Smart: drums
Set list:
  • Blood of the Sun
  • Stormy Monday
  • Theme for an Imaginary Western
  • Long Red
  • For Yasgur’s Farm
  • Beside the Sea
  • Waiting to Take You Away
  • Dreams of Milk and Honey
  • Southbound Train
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead started at 10:30 pm; on stage for 95 minutes (with extended sound issue stretches during set).

Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals
Bob Weir: guitar
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan: keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten: keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh: bass
Bill Kreutzmann: drums
Mickey Hart: drums
Set list:
  • St Stephen
  • Mama Tried
  • Dark Star
  • High Time
  • Turn on Your Lovelight

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival started at 12:30 am; played for 50 minutes.

John Fogerty: vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Tom Fogerty: rhythm guitar, vocals
Stu Cook: bass
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford: drums
Set list:
  • Born on the Bayou
  • Green River
  • Ninty-Nine-and-a-Half (Won’t Do)
  • Bootleg
  • Commotion
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Proud Mary
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Night Time is the Right Time
  • Keep on Chooglin’
  • Susie Q
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin started at 2 am; played for 60 minutes.

Janis Joplin: vocals
Terry Clements: tenor saxophone
Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers: baritone saxophone
Luis Gasca: trumpet
John Till: guitar
Richard Kermode: keyboards
Brad Campbell: bass
Maury Baker: drums
Set list:
  • Raise Your Hand
  • As Good As You’ve Been to This World
  • To Love Somebody
  • Summertime
  • Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
  • Cozmic Blues
  • I Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Work Me Lord
  • Piece of My Heart
  • Ball and Chain
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone started at 3.30 am; played for 50 minutes.

Sly Stone: vocals, keyboard
Freddie Stone: guitar, vocals
Jerry Martini: saxophone
Cynthia Robinson: trumpet
Rosie Stone: keyboard, vocals
Larry Graham: bass
Gregg Errico: drums
Set list:
  • M’Lady
  • Sing A Simple Song
  • You Can Make It If You Try
  • Everyday People
  • Dance To The Music
  • Music Lover
  • I Want To Take You Higher
  • Love City
  • Stand!
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

The Who

The Who started at 5 am; played for 65 minutes.

Roger Daltrey: vocals
Pete Townshend: guitar
John Entwistle: bass
Keith Moon: drums
Set list:
  • Heaven and Hell
  • I Can’t Explain
  • It’s a Boy
  • 1921
  • Amazing Journey
  • Sparks
  • Eyesight to the Blind
  • Christmas
  • Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  • Acid Queen
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Abbie Hoffman incident
  • Do You Think It’s Alright?
  • Fiddle About
  • There’s a Doctor
  • Go to the Mirror
  • Smash the Mirror
  • I’m Free
  • Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It
  • See Me, Feel Me
  • Listening to You
  • Summertime Blues
  • Shakin’ All Over
  • My Generation
  • Naked Eye
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Jefferson Airplane

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

The sun rose and the Jefferson Airplane started at 8 am; played for 100 minutes.

  • Marty Balin: vocals
  • Grace Slick: vocals
  • Paul Kantner, guitar vocals
  • Jorma Kaukonen: guitar, vocals
  • Jack Casady: bass
  • Spencer Dryden: drums
  • Nicky Hopkins: piano
Set list:
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • Somebody to Love
  • 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
  • Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
  • Eskimo Blue Day
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover
  • Wooden Ships
  • Uncle Sam Blues
  • Volunteers
  • The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
  • Come Back Baby
  • White Rabbit
  • The House at Pooneil Corner
Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

 

 

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Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

at Livingston Gymnasium indoor track of
Denison University
November 6, 7, & 8, 1969

Presented by the Denison Campus Government Association, the Racoon Creek Rock Festival was one of the smaller festivals of 1969, but a festival nonetheless.  Held indoors at the school’s Livingston Gymnasium indoor track (it was November and it was Ohio, after all).

This is one of those festivals about which not much is known. I’ve tried to contact the Denison newspaper, but received no response. I did find a school newspaper edition from just before the event. It’s humorous to me how the article’s headline described the event as featuring “Six Name Groups.”

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Raccoon v Racoon


It’s also interesting to me that the newspaper spells Raccoon with the two “c”s as it is normally spelled, but I find several spots where the second “c” is omitted. 

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

 

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Vague

The newspaper article also fails to say specifically who would play on Friday, yet one of the posters does specify.

The Who and Owen B were scheduled for Thursday. The article also notes that “The English group has produced many hit singles including “Magic Bus,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “I’m Free.”

The article then states that The Spirit (I have only seen them referred to as simply Spirit) and The Dust (ditto) would play on Saturday.  The day is a typo and should read Friday as the article continues and states that Johnny Winter, Lycidas, and The Dust would appear on Saturday (also) to complete the 3-day festival.

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Johnny “Everywhere” Winter


Winter, it is noted, “performs a variety of interpretations of black vernacular and a wide range of black instrumental approaches.”

Good to know.

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Concerns

The writer seems to be somewhat unfamiliar with the line-up, but has the same worries expressed by all who would be in the range of a 1969 festival. After mentioning that there had been outside interest in the event (“as far away as upstate New York”) they go on to say: “We’re expecting to turn people away, but we hope the Denison campus will still be one peaceful community during the festival.”

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Great price points

The Who on Thursday cost a ticket-buyer $3.50. The lesser known Spirit only $2.50, but back up a touch for Johnny Winter’s Saturday appearance to $3.00. Student could purchase all three nights for $8.00, a savings of $1.

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival

Looking for more


If anyone else (beside Jim Sacket below) has any information about the festival, I’d love to hear from you.

Raccoon Creek Rock Festival
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