Join us for a night celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. East Texas Songwriters will share their favorite song performed at the original event followed by a couple of their own original songs inspired by Woodstock. “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music” was the festival that changed the world. Around 186,000 advance tickets were sold, and the organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up. The festival held August 15–18, 1969, attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Joni Mitchell said, “Woodstock was a spark of beauty” where half-a-million kids “saw that they were part of a greater organism”
Big Sandy has a connection to Woodstock in that Canned Heat performed their version of “Going Up the Country” a song originally written by Henry Thomas, a blues musician born in Big Sandy in 1874 who hopped the train to Chicago, had a brief recording career in the 1920’s and influenced performers including Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Grateful Dead, and of course, Canned Heat. Thomas’s style is an early example of what later became known as Texas Blues guitar.
Performers include: Heather Little, Meredith Crawford, Chris Rasco, Heather Harper, Kaleb Morrow, Sharon Walker, Robb Lindsey, Kevin Tinney, Chase Glover, Paula Coots, The Kirbys & possibly some more surprise guests.
Show starts at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. The venue is a listening room in an old church built n 1922, complete with original pews. Seating is general admission, no reserved seats. Enter through the grand staircase at the front of the building. Limited concessions are available (sodas, water, coffee & chips and candy), BYOB.
Discount advance tickets ($15) available until 5:00 PM day of show or cash ($20) at the door. Front row seats are $5 additional. The show is about two hours.