WHS students perform in Woodstock 50th anniversary concert


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Jaidyn Houghtaling, Staff Writer

50 years ago on August 15th, 1969, the Woodstock Art and Music Festival took place on Max Yasgur’s 601-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Woodstock is not just remembered for the 33 historical performances by bands like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and The Who, but also for its purpose: to spread peace, love, and music.

At a time when the country was deep into the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, the creators of Woodstock wanted the festival to be an escape from the violence where people could just relax and soak in the music together.

Local organization School of Rock held concerts on August 16-18 to celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. Young musicians from ages 6-18 played every single song that was performed in the original festival in 1969.

During the event, singer Emily MacLaren said, “Woodstock isn’t just a festival that happened 50 years ago. It’s a state of mind where people can come together and enjoy peace, love, and music.”

Wellington High School students Jaidyn Houghtaling and Shor Kelley also performed in the event.

“It was so cool getting to play on the same day as the real festival,” Kelley said. “Everyone was dressed up. It felt like I was actually there 50 years ago.”

More upcoming events can be found on School of Rock’s Facebook page.