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Big Brother and the Holding Company, Family Stone Lead Woodstock Weekend

Last August marked the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, the most celebrated concert in rock music history. One year later, the Seminole Casino is offering the public a collective flashback of sorts and spreading the good vibes to those who may not have inhaled the first time around. It even managed to secure some of the show's headliners — sans their famous lead singers.

Consequently, we get the Family Stone, minus Sly but with original members Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson re-creating the Woodstock revelry of "I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," and "Dance to the Music." Janis Joplin's backing band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, opens the show with core contributors Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, and Dave Getz lending support to singer Sophia Ramos, who subs for Janis while performing their original Woodstock set list.

Even more '60s music might bring a hint of déjà vu that has nothing to do with the brown acid's hallucinogenic powers. A quartet of cover bands – Bargain (the Who), the Hendrix Experience (the Jimi Hendrix Experience), Blue Moon Swamp (Creedence Clearwater Revival), and Earth Bomb Mars (the Grateful Dead) — also help recycle the sounds. And with three out of four of these tribute concerts offered free, no one has to crash the gate or breach the barricades like the heads and the hippies during that original Woodstock weekend.

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Lee Zimmerman

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