"Never trust anyone over thirty" was the motto of the Woodstock generation.
But now, 45 years after the legendary Woodstock Music & Art Fair, we still trust many of the musicians who performed on that stage to entertain us. While those musicians might currently be self-loathing, as they are on the wrong side of thirty, here are ten acts you can still enjoy in a live venue of peace, love, and happiness, many of which have come to town recently, or are planning to soon.
While over the decades there have been many permutations of the band surrounding legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, the lineup featured at their May 2 show at Hard Rock provided a classic line-up close enough to those who played Woodstock with Greg Rolie at keyboards, Marcus Malone and Michael Carabello doing percussion, and Michael Shrieve on drums.
The trio were introduced before they hit the stage as the quartet of "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young" but since Neil Young only joined their set for a few songs, the Woodstock movie billed them as Crosby, Stills, & Nash and that was the lineup at their fantastic tour from last year.
8. Neil Young
But even solo, the old Canadian is still going strong. He continues to crank out an album or two every year, is threatening to write another memoir, and each year hosts a benefit in the San Francisco Bay area where he and his famous friends perform to raise money for the Bridge School for special needs children.
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7. Joan Baez
The folk singer and one time paramour and muse of Bob Dylan is touring this summer, but you will have to travel to the West Coast or Europe to see her yodel her protest songs.
6. Arlo Guthrie
The second generation of musical Guthries continues to honor his influential father Woody's legacy with a tour that included a stop at Gator Jam Music Festival June 7 at Micosukee Resort.
5. Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Also present at Gator Jam will be Creedence Clearwater Revisited whose bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford took the Woodstock stage with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The change in name is due to lawsuits from CCR singer and songwriter John Fogerty who wanted nothing to do with the reunion.
4. John Fogerty
The lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival is still touring as a solo act. He played Hard Rock last year where he reminisced about how Woodstock inspired him to write a hit song. They were to play Saturday night at 9:30, but things kept getting delayed. And with the Grateful Dead started playing before them, it wasn't until 2:30 in the morning that they took the stage.
John Fogerty was so excited. He looked out to see thousands of hippies just like him, but they were all naked, and worse, they were sleeping. The Grateful Dead had put them to sleep. Still CCR played, and he could hear one voice in the distance. "Keep doing it John. I'm with you." He realized they were playing this whole set for that one person. And right after that, he wrote this song for that one guy called, "Who'll Stop the Rain."
3. John Sebastian
The singer of the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter and harmonica player on The Doors' Roadhouse Blues is touring this year decades after his five song solo Woodstock set. The band that made him famous the Lovin' Spoonful will be played at Magic City Casino on May 17, but sans Sebastian.
2. Johnny Winter
The blues guitarist with Vanilla Fudge will be opening for his brother Edgar (who joined him on stage at Woodstock for three songs) on August 15 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
1. Canned Heat
The band that ended their Woodstock set with a falsetto "On the Road Again" stays true to their word this summer with another tour.
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