If you’re old enough to have watched Buzz Aldrin step foot on the moon back in 1969, you’ll recall the free three-day music and arts festival called Woodstock. (Technically it was extended to four days of music due to bad weather). Roughly a half-million hippies gathered in upstate New York to witness Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and many other 1960’s iconic bands. Well, it seems nostalgia from that era will be overtaking the Big Island very soon with three separate celebrations in three different locations.
First up is KonaStock. The non-profit organization, Sanctuary of Mana Ke`a Gardens, will offer a free community festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. It will feature live music, dancing, streaming videos, laser light shows, local arts & crafts, community building, zero waste, delicious vegan cuisine, and fun for the entire Family.
When: Saturday August 3, Noon – 8 p.m.
Where: Hale Halawai Beach Park, 75-5760 Ali’i Drive, Kailua
More info: http://hawaiianwellness.com/konastock-is-coming-up-on-saturday-august-3rd-2019/
Bands schedule to perform: Bolo (Santana/Hendrix tribute), Mr. Neil (Eco Rap Artist), Hayden Spector (DJ performance), Dr Tim Hendlin (Cosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Joe Cocker tribute), Carlos Garcia (Santana tribute) , Uma Ojeda ( Tribute to Joplin, Baez, and more), Terry Taube (Paul Butterfield tribute), and other acts to be announced.
Another celebration is Kalapana’s Woodstock 50. As of press time, the promoters have announced only a few details on Facebook and the web.
Event: Woodstock 50
When: Saturday, August 17, 1- 11 p.m.
Where: Uncle Roberts Awa Bar, 12-5038 Kapoho Beach Road, Kalapana
Tag line: The songs of Woodstock. Lots of bands & vendors. Come out for a day and evening of fun.
More info: https://haleyhawaii.com/event/woodstock50/
And finally, there’s ShakaStock: The Best of Three Days of Peace & Music.
On Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Kahilu Theatre, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, performers with a passion for the music of Woodstock and the unity it represented will band together to both musically and visually recreate some of the most memorable performances from the original Woodstock festival in 1969, including Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and more.
ShakaStock endeavors to preserve the community Woodstock generated and the unity for peace at that time by utilizing musical and theatrical performance and imagery to recreate a series of moments. Performers will be emulating not only the music and artists themselves but will construct a space where it is possible for the imagination to step back in time.
As of press time, no performers have been announced.
When: Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kahilu Theatre, 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea
Info: Tickets can be purchased online at kahilutheatre.org or by phone at (808) 885-6868.