Ringo Starr, Santana to Headline Woodstock 50th at Original Site

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the cultural center located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y., announced today (February 19), the first acts that will perform at their edition of the festival’s 50th anniversary.

Ringo Starr will perform, as will several of the artists that played the legendary festival there in ’69, including Santana, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter, at what’s being called Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival. The Doobie Brothers, who are touring with Santana this summer, will also be appearing.

The four-day event will celebrate the golden anniversary of the original, historic event, generally considered the most famous music festival of all time. However, it is scaled back from the original plans first announced in December.

Coming August 16-18, 2019, nearly 50 years to the day after the original, this “pan-generational music, culture, and community event,” as it was called in a December press release, will be held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is approximately 90 minutes from New York City.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band will headline on Friday, August 16, along with Arlo Guthrie, who performed just after midnight on Friday, the first day of the original festival. Also playing that evening is Edgar Winter with the Edgar Winter Band, returning to Bethel for the first time since performing at the ’69 festival with his brother, Johnny Winter.

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