Originally slated from August 15th — August 17th for an estimated , concertgoers, the now-historic music and cultural event stretched to roughly noon on August 18th and, at its peak, swelled to an astonishing , attendees. Martin Luther King Jr. Even in the craziest of circumstances, the frantically unorganized Woodstock somehow became a utopian city where music was played, freedom thrived, and people lived together in communal peace and harmony… and mud. To celebrate, we narrowed down the list of the top 15 most impressive performances—the ones that outshined, blew acid-soaked minds, and have since stood the test of time. His statement was slightly misstated, being that the thruway had never actually shut down completely. However traffic had stretched over ten miles from the concert-grounds and some areas of the highway had become nearly impassable due to abandoned cars along the roadway. Despite battling humid weather which would cause the guitars to frequently go out of tune and various other technical difficulties, these fearless British blues-rockers put themselves on the map with their unbridled energy and face-melting guitar wizardry. Coming in at number thirteen is folk artist Richie Havens , the very first performer to step on stage at Woodstock. Taking the stage at roughly p. Friday evening, Havens opened up the four days of peace and music with a lengthy two-hour performance.
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When we think about the first Woodstock, we think about the hippies. The mud. The brown acid. The helicopters. The artists -- three days of 'em -- were, of course, the primary draw to the festival, and Woodstock boasted a lineup of formidable names in As Woodstock approaches its official 50th on Aug. Talk about a set-up.
Here are the biggest musical moments from the festival billed as "Three Days of Peace and Music. Richie Havens performing onstage at the Woodstock, August 15, Havens ended up performing an extra long set, literally playing every song he knew while Woodstock staff finished building the stage around him. After multiple encores, a sweat-soaked Havens came out to play one more song without any idea what it was going to be. Bassist David Brown left performs with the other members of Santana, including bandleader Carlos Santana with guitar on right and percussionist Michael Carabello right , at Woodstock, August 16, Guitar genius Carlos Santana and his band were another group of newcomers who had recently recorded their first album before taking the Woodstock stage on Saturday afternoon.
The grounds were muddy, littered with hippies and smelled like an uninviting combination of reefer and feces. More than 30 artists performed over the three-day weekend. Some were established stars, others were just getting their start.