Woodstock veterans to play at weekend festival in Akron
Original Woodstock performers Richie Havens, Canned Heat and Mountain are all scheduled.
AKRON -- The "Weekend at Woodstock" fest brings original Woodstock alumni to downtown Akron on Saturday for commemorative concerts onstage.
On Aug. 15-17, 1969, the "Woodstock Music and Art Festival" was staged on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. The events of those three days made "Woodstock" the international symbol of an extraordinary generation, catapulting an era of radical social changes in human freedom and expression.
This Saturday, the memories of Woodstock and all it represents will come flooding back at Lock 3 Live! Park, an 8-acre, open-air arts and entertainment complex next to the Akron Civic Theatre on Main Street, downtown, between Bowery and State streets.
The fest will take place between 5:30 and 10 p.m., and spotlights famed groups who performed at the original Woodstock Fest. Headliner Richie Havens -- who opened at the original Woodstock fest -- headlines the event. Havens is still revered for his fiery, poignant and soulful singing style, and his song "Freedom," which became the anthem of that unforgettable generation.
Blending modern electric blues, rock and boogie, Canned Heat is best known for songs such as "Let's Work Together" and "Going Up The Country."
Mountain has made three gold albums and such unforgettable rock tunes as "Mississippi Queen" and "Nantucket Sleighride."
Gates open at 5 p.m. for this rain-or-shine event. View online information and updates at www.lock3live.com, or call Akron Civic Theatre's Info Line at (330) 535-3178.
U$10 cash-only tickets are sold at the Lock 3 park gates one half-hour before the event begins.
U$8 advance sale tickets can be purchased on weekdays at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office at (330) 253-2488 or at the E.J. Thomas Hall Performing Arts Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570.
UThere are no ticket refunds or exchanges.
UAdmission is free for children less than 48 inches tall.