Welcome to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music and Music History Blog. Learn about artists and bands across genres from Blues to Jazz and in between.

Learn Music History Through The Eyes & Ears of Experts

 Our writers include historians and curators from the 1960s Woodstock Museum on the Bethel Woods Center Grounds, as well as guest writers from across the music and entertainment industry. Choose from our blog posts below and enjoy expanding your knowledge of music and history.

The Official List of Performers and Bands during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair: August 1969

Day 1: Friday, August 15, 1969 (ending Saturday morning, August 16)

  1. Richie Havens
  2. Sweetwater
  3. Bert Sommer
  4. Tim Hardin
  5. Ravi Shankar
  6. Melanie
  7. Arlo Guthrie
  8. Joan Baez

Day 2: Saturday, August 16, 1969 (ending Sunday morning, August 17)

  1. Quill
  2. Country Joe McDonald (solo)
  3. Santana
  4. John Sebastian
  5. Keef Hartley Band
  6. Incredible String Band
  7. Canned Heat
  8. Mountain
  9. Grateful Dead
  10. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  11. Janis Joplin
  12. Sly & The Family Stone 
  13. The Who
  14. Jefferson Airplane 

Day 3: Sunday, August 17, 1969 (ending Monday morning, August 18)

  1. Joe Cocker
  2. Country Joe & The Fish
  3. Ten Years After
  4. The Band
  5. Johnny Winter
  6. Blood, Sweat & Tears
  7. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  8. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  9. Sha Na Na
  10. Jimi Hendrix

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1960s History

The 1960s marked a transformative era in global culture and history, characterized by profound social and political upheaval, artistic innovation, and a spirit of rebellion against established norms. Emerging from the post-war period, this decade witnessed seismic shifts in civil rights movements, anti-war protests, and a burgeoning counterculture challenging traditional values.

At the heart of this cultural revolution was the Woodstock Festival, held in August 1969 in Bethel, New York. Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music," Woodstock became an iconic symbol of the era's ethos of love, unity, and creative expression.

Oral History

Since 2020, the Museum has been deeply committed to the collection and preservation of stories from the people who know Woodstock best. In 2024, the Museum was awarded a major federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue the oral history pop-ups that were so successful last year.

Throughout 2024, Museum curators are travelling the country and across New York state to capture your unique stories with an overall goal of collecting 4,500 Woodstock stories from the people who attended the festival. That is only 1% of those who found their way to Yasgur’s Farm. Yet this archive will be the most significant collective memory of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and will be a defining legacy of the Museum.

All Things Bethel Woods

More than just a venue, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts embodies a legacy of creativity, activism, and social change, inviting visitors to connect with the transformative spirit of Woodstock while embracing the timeless values of peace, love, and understanding. Whether attending a concert under the stars or exploring the museum's rich tapestry of exhibits, visitors are invited to experience the magic of Bethel Woods and be inspired by its enduring message of hope and unity.