The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened on 15 August 1969 in a pasture in upstate New York. Two dozen bands came to play on a wooden stage in the middle of a pasture.
It was a happening unlike any other. 450,000 people formed a love-in for three days and nights. Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, and Arlo Guthrie were there. And so were Country Joe and the Fish, Santana, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Richie Havens, and others. There were hippies, bikers, Viet Nam war vets, high school and college kids, and college grads, longhaired and short, young and old—and the world watched and joined in through the magic of the media.
The music played, the people danced and sang, and the memories went home with them. Woodstock marked an era—groovy, far out, like wow man, power to the people, peace brother—an era unlike no other!
Art & Culture— 4 March 2014
Macon Pops, the world-class contemporary orchestral organization, went “Pop Goes Messina” recently and dazzled an enthusiastic audience at the Macon City Auditorium during the final staging of their 2013/14 inaugural season. Featured artist for the performance was country star Jo Dee Messina. The evening included dancing, scrumptuous catered tapas, and great music! The concert opened…
Food & Cuisine— 7 July 2014
There was almost too much to choose from Cuban rice, Asian noodles, Turkish beans, and that is the short list. These are just three of many dishes sampled by those attending this year’s Food for the Soul event, the Tubman African American Museum’s International Taste of Soul. With nearly 20 vendors to choose from, taste…
Travel & Leisure— 30 June 2014
The universal language of music could be heard emanating from the hallowed halls of the Ruth Hartley Mosley Center for all the right reasons recently during a jazz fundraiser on behalf of Two Hands International. Featured was rising trumpet player/Hip Hop artist/music producer, Vinson Muhammad, and his fellow-musician friends, who apparently at the business of…
Odds & Ends— 16 August 2012
Some years ago, I frequented Limelight, a dance club on the upper northwest side of Atlanta. On one particular Saturday afternoon, the place was charged in anticipation of a rare live performance by Grace Jones, the contralto pop diva. It was an exciting time for those of us who loved to dance because disco was…
Reports & Reviews— 29 May 2014
An “Invitation Only” screening of the new documentary Farmland, which examines and presents the perspectives of several next generation American farmers and ranchers, was recently held at the Historic Douglass Theatre. It was one of only a few “premiere” events of its kind held around the country to publicly introduce the film directed by James…