Ringo Starr & Santana to play 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

Bethel Woods Music & Culture Festival has booked some big names for the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival.

Woodstock celebrates its 50th anniversary with not one, but two music festivals over the weekend of August 15-18.

Bethel Woods first announced in January their intent to throw a 50th anniversary celebration on the original festival grounds. Ringo Starr and Santana have been confirmed as headliners, with Doobie Brothers and Edgar Winter Band joining the bill. Starr and the Edgar Winter Band will perform Friday, with Santana and Doobie Brothers booked for Saturday. Sunday’s attendees have not been released at this time.

Santana said of the Bethel Woods event “They have an amphitheater there…I’m going to invite whoever is still here, whether it’s Joan Baez or members from Sly Stone, and I’m going to play Santana music. Santana’s going to be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still here and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar. Santana’s very interested, like Miles Davis, into connecting with people from seven-years-old to under 33. I don’t want to be just like a jukebox in the twilight zone, stuck in the Sixties.”

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts’ Chief Executive Officer Darlene Fedun said in a statement. “We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed. We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song and Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”

Michael Lang (co-founder of the original Woodstock) has announced his plans to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic festival. Woodstock50 will be held at the racetrack in Watkins Glen, NY (150 miles away from the original location) to accommodate what is expected to be a huge crowd. A lineup is expected to be released by the end of the month.

Rolling Stone