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Woodstock Festival History

On August 15 through 18, 1969, one of the most celebrated music festivals in history took place on this site. At a time when Americans were deeply divided, over 400,000 people from across the country gathered in these fields to celebrate “Three Days of Peace and Music.” The three days of legendary performances, unimaginable mud, and unforgettable experiences helped the Woodstock Music and Art Fair become a symbol of an entire generation.

Festival Facts

  • The community was not prepared for the crowds that began arriving. By Thursday, August 14, much of the area had become an enormous traffic jam. 
  • The festival officially began just after 5pm on Friday, August 15, 1969, and the day’s events ended shortly after 2am the next day.
  • On Saturday, August 16, the festival began at noon and ended after The Who played a 24 song set that started at 3am.
  • Jimi Hendrix played what many consider to be the festival highlight, on Monday, August 18, when only 35,000 people—a small fraction of the crowd—remained.
  • Some residents did not embrace the crowds, yet others welcomed the visitors, supplying them with free food and water when it was apparent that Food For Love, the festival concessionaire, was not prepared to feed the massive crowd that gathered. The Hog Farm commune of New Mexico, hired to build a campsite on the grounds for attendees, opened the Free Kitchen serving macrobiotic, vegetarian meals.
  • First aid at the festival was provided by the Woodstock medical crew in a field hospital located near the stage. The team tended minor accidents, food poisoning and an epidemic of cut feet since so many were going barefoot.
  • A “freak-out tent” was established for those suffering bad trips.
  • Some concert goers treasured the festival as an adventure that changed their lives. Others found it nothing but a messy, dirty, disorganized debacle. But no matter what their experiences were, Woodstock was undeniably unforgettable.

Performers & Set Lists

There is question about the order the bands played in. We continue to revise this page as we gain a better understanding of what took place.

Friday, August 15, 1969

Richie Havens

Richie Havens: guitar, vocals
Paul “Deano” Williams: guitar, vocals
Daniel Ben Zebulon: percussion, conga drum, vocals

  • Minstrel Came down From Gault (Richie Havens, Mark Roth)
  • High Flyin’ Bird (Billy Wheeler) / I Had a Woman (Joe Josea, B.B. King) [Medley]
  • I Can’t Make It Anymore (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • With A Little Help from my Friends (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  • Strawberry Fields For Ever (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  • Hey Jude (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  • Handsome Johnny (Richie Havens, Louis Gossett Jr.)
  • Freedom (Traditional, adapted by Richie Havens)



Nancy Nevins: guitar, vocals
Albert Moore: flute, vocals
August Burns: cello
Alex Del Zoppo: keyboards
Harvey Gerst: guitar
Fred Herrera: bass
Elpidio Cobain: conga drums
Alan Malarowitz: drums

  • Motherless Child (Traditional)
  • Look Out (Nansi Nevins)
  • For Pete’s Sake (Alex Del Zoppo)
  • Day Song (Nansi Nevins)
  • What’s Wrong (Alex Del Zoppo)
  • Crystal Spider (Alex Del Zoppo)
  • Two Worlds (Nansi Nevins)
  • Why Oh Why (Albert B. Moore)


Bert Sommer

Bert Sommer: guitar, vocal
Ira Stone: electric guitar, Hammond organ, harmonica
Charlie Bilello: bass

  • Jennifer (Bert Sommer)
  • America (Paul Simon)
  • The Road To Travel 
  • I Wondered Where You Be
  • She’s Gone
  • Things Are Going My Way
  • And When It’s Over
  • Jeanette
  • A Note That Read
  • Smile


Swami Satchidananda

  • He addressed the audience and spoke about peace.


Tim Hardin

Tim Hardin: vocals, guitar
Richard Bock: cello
Ralph Towner: guitar, piano
Giles Malkine: guitar
Glen Moore: bass
Steve “Muruga” Booker: drums

  • Misty Roses (Tim Hardin)
  • If I Were A Carpenter (Tim Hardin)


Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar: sitar
Maya Kulkarni: tamboura
Ustad Alla Rakha: tabla

  • Raga Puriya-Dhanashri / Gat in Sawarital
  • Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
  • Raga Manj Kmahaj
  • Alap Jor
  • Dhun In Kaharwa Tal
  • Medium & Fast Gat In Teental



Melanie Safka: vocals, guitar

  • Beautiful People (Melanie Safka)
  • Birthday Of The Sun (Melanie Safka)


Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie: vocal, guitar
John Pilla: guitar
Bob Arkin: bass
Paul Motian: drums

  • Coming Into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie)
  • Walking Down The Line (Bob Dylan)
  • Amazing Grace (Traditional)


Joan Baez

Joan Baez: vocals, guitar
Richard Festinger: guitar
Jeffrey Shurtleff: vocals, guitar

  • Joe Hill (Earl Robinson, Alfred Hayes)
  • Sweet Sir Galahad (Joan Baez)
  • Drug Store Truck Driving Man (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons)
  • We Shall Overcome (Traditional)
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Traditional)

Saturday, August 16, 1969


Dan Cole: vocals
Jon Cole: bass, vocals
Norman Rogers: guitar, vocals
Phil Thayer: keyboard, saxophone, flute
Roger North: drums

  • Waiting for You (Unknown)


Keef Hartley Band

Keef Hartley: drums
Miller Anderson: guitar, vocals
Jimmy Jewell: saxophone
Henry Lowther: trumpet, violin
Gary Thain: bass

  • Sinning for You (Peter Dines, Fred Finnegan, Keef Hartley, Steve Hewitson, Gary Thain)
  • Born to Die (Peter Dines, Keef Hartley, Steve Hewitson, Gary Thain)
  • Leaving Trunk (Sleepy Joe Estes)
  • Just to Cry (Fred Finnegan, Lowther)


Country Joe McDonald

Country Joe McDonald: guitar, vocals

  • Janis (Joe McDonald)
  • Rockin’ All Around The World (Joe McDonald)
  • Flyin’ High All Over The World (Joe McDonald)
  • I Seen A Rocket (Joe McDonald)
  • Fish Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I’m Fixing-To-Die-Rag (Joe McDonald)



Carlos Santana: guitar
Gregg Rolie: vocals, keyboard
David Brown: bass
Jose “Chepito” Areas: timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Carabello: timbales, congas, percussion
Michael Shrieve: drums

  • Persuasion (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Joes Areas, Mike Carabello, David Brown, Michael Shrieve)
  • Savor (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Joes Areas, Mike Carabello, David Brown, Michael Shrieve)
  • Soul Sacrifice (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Joes Areas, Mike Carabello, David Brown, Michael Shrieve)
  • Fried Neckbone and Some Homefries (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Joes Areas, Mike Carabello, David 
  • Brown, Michael Shrieve)


John Sebastian

John Sebastian: vocals, guitar

  • How Have You Been (John B. Sebastian)
  • Rainbows All Over Your Blues (John B. Sebastian)
  • I Had A Dream (John B. Sebastian)
  • Darlin’ Be Home Soon (John B. Sebastian)
  • Younger Generation (John B. Sebastian)


The Incredible String Band

Mike Heron: multi-instrumentals
Robin Williamson: vocals, multi-instrumentals
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie: organ, vocals, multi-instrumentals
Rose Simpson: bass, vocals, multi-instrumentals

  • Sleeper Awaken (Mike Heron)
  • Catty Come (Unknown)
  • This Moment is Different (Mike Heron)
  • When you Find out Who You Are (Robin Williamson)


Canned Heat

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob “The Bear” Hite: vocals, harmonica
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel: guitar
Larry “The Mole” Taylor: bass
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra: drums

  • A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke) / Leaving this Town (Adlfo De La Parra, Harvey Mandel, 
  • Samuel Lawrence Taylor) [Medley]
  • Woodstock Boogie (Canned Heat)
  • Going up the Country (Alan Wilson)
  • Let’s Work Together (Wilbert Harrison)
  • Too Many Drivers at the Wheel (Big Bill Broonzy)



Leslie West: guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi: bass
Steve Knight: keyboards
Norman “N.D.” Smart: drums

  • Blood of the Sun (Gail Collins, Felix Pappalardi, Leslie West)
  • Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker)
  • Long Red (Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, John Venture, Norman Landsberg)
  • For Yasgur’s Farm (Gail B. Collins, George Gardos, Laurence Gordon Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea, 
  • Gary Ship)
  • Theme from an Imaginary Western (Peter Brown, Jack Bruce)
  • Waiting to Take You Away (Leslie West)
  • Dreams of Milk and Honey (Norman Landsburg, John Ventura, Leslie West)
  • Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins)
  • South Bound Train (Norman Landsburg, John Ventura, Leslie West)
  • Mississippi Queen (Laurence Gordan Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea, Leslie West)


Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals
Bob Weir: guitar
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan: keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten: keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh: bass
Bill Kreutzmann: drums
Mickey Hart: drums

  • St. Stephen (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh)
  • Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)
  • Dark Star (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron McKernan, Bob Weir) / High Time
  • (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter)
  • Turn on Your Lovelight (Don Robey, Joseph Scott)


Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty: vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Tom Fogerty: rhythm guitar, vocals
Stu Cook: bass
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford: drums

  • Born on the Bayou (John C. Fogerty)
  • Green River (John C. Fogerty)
  • Ninty-Nine-and-a-Half (Won’t Do) (Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd)
  • Commotion (John C. Fogerty)
  • Bootleg (John C. Fogerty)
  • Bad Moon Rising (John C. Fogerty)
  • Proud Mary (John C. Fogerty)
  • I Put a Spell on You (Jay Hawkins)
  • Night Time is the Right Time (Jay Hawkins)
  • Keep on Chooglin’ (John C. Fogerty)
  • Susie Q (Jay Harkins)


Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin: vocals
Terry Clements: tenor saxophone
Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers: baritone saxophone
Luis Gasca: trumpet
John Till: guitar
Richard Kermode: keyboards
Brad Campbell: bass
Maury Baker: drums

  • Raise Your Hand (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell)
  • As Good As You’ve Been to This World (Nick Gravenites)
  • To Love Somebody (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb)
  • Summertime (Dubois Heywood, George Gershwin)
  • Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) (Jerry Ragovoy, Chip Taylor)
  • Kozmic Blues (Janis Joplin, Gabriel Meckler)
  • I Can’t Turn You Loose (Otis Redding)
  • Work Me Lord (Nick Gravenites)
  • Piece of My Heart (Jerry Ragovoy, B. Berns)
  • Ball and Chain (Willie Mae Thornton)


Sly and the Family Stone

Sly Stone: vocals, keyboard
Freddie Stone: guitar, vocals
Jerry Martini: saxophone
Cynthia Robinson: trumpet
Rosie Stone: keyboard, vocals
Larry Graham: bass
Gregg Errico: drums

  • M’Lady (Sylvester Stewart)
  • Sing a Simple Song (Sylvester Stewart)
  • You Can Make it if You Try (Sylvester Stewart)
  • Stand! (Sylvester Stewart)
  • Love City (Sylvester Stewart)
  • Dance to the Music (Sylvester Stewart) / Music Lover (Sylvester Stewart) / I Want to Take You Higher
  • (Sylvester Stewart) [Medley]


The Who

Roger Daltrey: vocals
Pete Townshend: guitar
John Entwistle: bass
Keith Moon: drums

  • Heaven and Hell (John Entwistle)
  • I Can’t Explain (Pete Townshend)
  • It’s a Boy (Pete Townshend)
  • 1921 (Pete Townshend)
  • Amazing Journey (Pete Townshend)
  • Sparks (Pete Townshend)
  • Eyesight to the Blind (Sonny Boy Williams)
  • Christmas (Pete Townshend)
  • Tommy, Can You Hear Me (Pete Townshend)
  • Acid Queen (Pete Townshend)
  • Pinball Wizard (Peter Townshend)
  • Do You Think It’s Alright (Pete Townshend)
  • Fiddle About (John Entwistle)
  • There’s a Doctor I Found (Pete Townshend)
  • Go to the Mirror, Boy (Pete Townshend)
  • Smash the Mirror (Pete Townshend)
  • I’m Free (Pete Townshend)
  • Tommy’s Holiday Camp (Keith Moon)
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It (Pete Townshend)
  • See Me, Feel Me (Pete Townshend)
  • Summertime Blues (Jerry Capehard, Eddie Cochran)
  • Shakin’ All Over (Daniel Racicot)
  • My Generation (Pete Townshend)
  • The Naked Eye (Pete Townshend)

Early Morning, Sunday, August 17, 1969

Jefferson Airplane
Marty Balin: vocals
Grace Slick: vocals
Paul Kantner: guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen: guitar, vocals
Jack Casady: bass
Spencer Dryden: drums
Nicky Hopkins: piano

The Other Side of This Life (Fred Neil)
Plastic Fantastic Lover (Marty Balin)
Volunteers (Paul Kantner, Marty Balin)
Saturday Afternoon (Paul Kantner)
Won’t You Try (Paul Kantner)
Eskimo Blue Day (Paul Kantner, Grace Slick)
Uncle Sam Blues (Traditional, arranged by Paul Kantner, Jack Cassady, Jorma Kaukonen)
Somebody to Love (Darby Slick)
White Rabbit (Grace Slick)

Sunday, August 17, 1969

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker: vocals
Chris Stainton: keyboards
Henry McCullough: guitar
Alan Spenner: bass
Bruce Rowlands: drums

  • Delta Lady (Leon Russell)
  • Something’s Comin’ On (Joe Cocker, Christopher Stainton)
  • Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)
  • Dear Landlord (Bob Dylan)
  • Let’s Go Get Stoned (Jo Armstead, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
  • I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
  • With a Little Help From My Friends (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)


Max Yasgur

  • Addresses the audience


Country Joe and the Fish

Country Joe McDonald: guitar, vocals
Barry “the Fish” Melton: guitar
Mark Kapner: keyboards
Doug Metzner: bass
Greg “Duke” Dewey: drums

  • Barry’s Song (Barry Melton)
  • Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (Joe McDonald)
  • Rock and Soul Music (Joe McDonald, Barry Melton, Chicken Hirsch, Bruce Barthol, David Cohen)
  • Thing Called Love (Bruce Barthol, Barry Melton, Joe McDonald, Chicken Hirsh, David Cohen)
  • Love Machine (Barry Melton)
  • The ‘FISH’ Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag" (Joe McDonald)


Ten Years After

Alvin Lee: guitar, vocals
Chick Churchill: keyboards
Leo Lyons: bass
Ric Lee: drums

  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  • I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes (Al Kooper)
  • I May Be Wrong, but I Won’t Be Wrong Always (Chick Churchill, Alvin Lee, Ric Lee, Leo Lyons)
  • I’m Going Home (Alvin Lee)


The Band

Robbie Robertson: guitar, vocals
Garth Hudson: organ, keyboard, saxophone
Richard Manuel: piano
Rick Danko: bass, vocals
Levon Helm: drums, mandolin

  • Chest Fever (J.R. Robertson)
  • Baby Don’t You Do It (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland Jr.)
  • Tears of Rage (Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel)
  • We Can Talk (Richard Manuel)
  • Long Black Veil (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin)
  • Don’t You Tell Henry (Bob Dylan)
  • Ain’t No More Cane (Traditional)
  • Wheels on Fire (Bob Dylan)
  • Loving You (Is Sweeter than Ever) (Ivy George Hunter, Stevie Wonder)
  • The Weight (J.R. Robertson)
  • I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)


Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter: vocals, guitar
Edgar Winter: keyboards
Tommy Shannon: bass
“Uncle” John Turner: drums

  • Talk to Your Daughter (Alex Atkins, J.B. Lenoir) / Six Feet in the Ground (Unknown) [Medley]
  • Tell the Truth (Unknown)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Barry)
  • Rock Me Baby (Arthur Crudup)
  • Mean Mistreater (James Gordan)
  • I Can’t Stand it (Unknown)
  • Tobacco Road (John D. Loudermilk)
  • Mean Town Blues (Johnny Winter)


Blood, Sweat and Tears

David Clayton-Thomas: vocals, guitar
Steve Katz: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dick Halligan: keyboards, trombone, flute
Jerry Hyman: trombone
Fred Lipsius: alto sax, piano
Lew Soloff: trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Winfield: trumpet, flugelhorn
Jim Fielder: bass
Bobby Colomby: drums

  • All in a day (Unknown)
  • More and More (Pea Vee, Don Juan)
  • I Love You Baby More than You’ll Ever Know (Al Kooper)
  • Spinning Wheel (David Clayton-Thomas)
  • I Stand Accused (T. Colton, R. Smith)
  • Something’s Comin’ On (Joe Cocker, Christopher Stainton)


Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

David Crosby: guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills: guitar, vocals
Graham Nash: guitar, vocals
Neil Young: guitar, vocals
Greg Reeves: bass
Dallas Taylor: drums

  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Stephen Stills)
  • Blackbird (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  • Guinnevere (David Crosby)
  • Marrakesh Express (Graham Nash)
  • 4 + 20 (Stephen Stills)
  • Mr. Soul (Neil Young)
  • Sea of Madness (Neil Young)
  • Wooden Ships (David Crosby, Stephen Stills)
  • Find the Cost of Freedom (Stephen Stills)

Early Morning, Monday, August 18, 1969

the Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield: harmonica, vocals
Buzzy Feiten: guitar
Steve Madaio: trumpet
Keith Johnson: trumpet
Gene Dinwiddie: tenor saxophone
David Sanborn: alto saxophone
Trevor Lawrence: baritone saxophone
Teddy Harris: piano
Rod Hicks: bass
Phillip Wilson: drums

  • Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Little Walter)
  • Driftin’ (Unknown)
  • Born Under a Bad Sign (William Bell, Booker T. Jones Jr.)
  • All My Love Comin’ Through to You (Unknown)
  • Love March (Gene Dinwiddie, Philip Wilson)


Sha Na Na

Donald “Donny” York: vocals
Rob Leonard: vocals
Alan Cooper: vocals
Frederick “Dennis” Greene: vocals
Dave Garrett: vocals
Richard “Richie” Joffe: vocals
Scott Powell: vocals
Joe Witkin: keyboards
Henry Gross: guitar
Elliot Cahn: rhythm guitar
Bruce Clarke III: bass guitar
Jocko Marcellino: drums

  • Na Na Theme (Unknown)
  • Yakety Yak (Jerry Lieber)
  • Teen Angel (Dion Di Mucci, Frederick Patrick, Murray Singer)
  • Jail House Rock (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
  • Wipe Out (Robert Berryhill, Patrick Connolly, James Fuller, Ronald Wilson)
  • The Book of Love (Warren Davis, George Malone, Charles Patrick)
  • Duke of Earl (Eugene Dixon, Earl G. Edwards Sr., Bernice Williams)
  • At the Hop (A. Singer, J. Medora, P. White)
  • Na Na Theme (Unknown)

Monday, August 18, 1969

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix: guitar, vocals
Larry Lee: rhythm guitar
Billy Cox: bass
Juma Sultan: percussion
Gerardo “Jerry” Velez: congas
Mitch Mitchell: drums

  • Message to Love (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Getting My Heart Back Together Again (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Master Mind (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Here He Comes (Your Lover Man) (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Foxey Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Beginnings (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Izabella (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Gypsy Woman (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Fire (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) / Stepping Stone (Jimi Hendrix) [Medley]
  • The Star Spangled Banner (Traditional, arranged by Jimi Hendrix / Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) [Medley]
  • Villanova Junction (Jimi Hendrix [Improvised segue]
  • Villanova Junction (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)


Iron Butterfly

Scheduled but could not make it to the show because of traffic and the promoters refused to send a helicopter to retrieve the stranded band per their request.


Jeff Beck Group



it’s a Beautiful day


Calling All Woodstockers!

The Museum at Bethel Woods is building the official registry of those who attended the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. We invite you to join this historic database and tell your story about your festival experience. The information that you provide will become part of the permanent museum archive and will be a useful research tool for visitors and scholars to learn more about the festival and its participants to enrich our understanding about the festival and the decade.