Friday, Aug. 16
NME proclaimed this festival as The Greatest Musical Event Ever. Originally billed as An Aquarian Exposition, the event brought together 400,000 young people who coexisted in peace for three days without any visible form of security. It was August 1969. Still, years later, some search for cultural significance. For some the scene conjures up images of Dante's Inferno. Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead
recalls, "It was filthy. It was muddy. There wasn't enough food or facilities." Nor was it much fun for activist Abbie Hoffman, allegedly high on LSD, who took to the stage uninvited to pontificate during The Who
's set—"I think this is a pile of shit while (White Panther Party founder) John Sinclair rots in prison"—and whose head was swiftly introduced to the headstock of Pete Townsend
's guitar. Ouch. For others, the event became a cultural touchstone. Festival organizer/The Road To Woodstock author Michael Lang reflects, "During a time of great challenges in America...a sense of possibility and hope was born and spread around the globe. The spirit embraced at Woodstock continues to grow." As does the intrigue and legacy surrounding the event. Woodstock: A 50 Year Celebration features Anthony Aquarius Mystery: A Jimi Hendrix Tribute
, The Who Experience
and Creedence and Company
—is at the Rialto Theatre.
Meanwhile, Club Congress celebrates Woodstock on the plaza with the likes of Katie Haverly, Little Cloud, Sqwrl, Gabe Kubanda, Jeremy Cashman, Silver Cloud Express, Miss Olivia, Pete Fine and Katherine Byrnes
covering Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Sebastian, CSN, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin
Rock 'n' roll with swagger? Led by dynamic frontman/guitarist Josh Kennedy, Tempe's The Black Moods
"Say It For the Last Time." At The Rock. Backed by Alien Atmosphere.
In a Rabelaisian celebration of liberation from restraint and societal dogma, under the stewardship of Tucson Libertine League's Lola Torch, Reveal: A Debut of Burlesque Performances
unveils itself at 191 Toole.
The World's Only Heavy Metal Tribute to the Material Girl, Mastodonna
will take you far beyond the "Borderline." Celebrate Madonna's 61st birthday at Club Congress.
Bearing No Cross, No Crown, hardcore/metallists Corrosion of Conformity
, on a quest to believe, answer a call to the void. At Encore. With Crowbar
Enjoy jazz in the glorious twilight, outdoors. This installment of Friday Night Live! Free Concert Series finds saxophonist/composer Mike Moynihan's Purple Spectre
pushing boundaries at Main Gate Square...
Saturday, Aug. 17
Tucson Weekly and Tucson Electric Power present Woofstock: One Day of Peace, Music and Pets.
This dog-friendly concert features epic performances by Leila Lopez
as Creedence Clearwater Revival
, Joe Novelli as Jimi Hendrix
, Keli and The Big Dream as Jefferson Airplane
, Johnny Zapp & Paul West as The Band
, Ice-9 as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
and Canned Heat, Southbound Pilot as Janis Joplin
, Greyhound Soul as Richie Havens
and The Wayback Machine as The Grateful Dead.
At the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium.
Reggae Against Hunger finds ZeeCeeKeely, Petey and Zoe
of Phoenix's Kill Babylon Coalition
performing an acoustic set, The New Current, Jay Lava and Gonzo of Rilen'Ou
t spreading irie vibes and collecting canned goods for the community. With live painting by Keri Ercolini. At Irene's Holy Donuts.
For those not holding tickets, your chance to catch indie/folk stalwarts Calexico
and Iron & Wine
present their latest, Years to Burn (Sub Pop, 2019), just got slimmer. The show at the Rialto Theatre has sold out.
Sarah Catherine hosts Vamp: Bible Study
. Dixon DuMay, Grandma Steven, Brookeback Mountain
and others perform in this drag extravaganza.
Alt/indie/ambient trio Moontrax
and Phoenix rockers Panic Baby
are at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. DJ Resonance
Performing on tiny keyboards, musical instruments and non-instruments both variegated and amusing—Thøger Lund, Dimitri Manos and Jeff Grubic—SRS (Spontaneous Response Squadron)
explore ambient improvisation at Exo Bar.
Dance afterhours? Nite Lite sees DJs Atom Energy, Malice and Cactus
keeping the EDM bangin' until the dawn, literally. At Solar Culture...
Sunday, Aug. 18
"Once upon a time, in your wildest dreams." The voice of The Moody Blues
, Rock Walk Hall of Famer Justin Hayward, draws material from his near 50-year career. At the Fox Theatre. Acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dawes opens the show.
"My one goal is to bring motherfuckers together with this music, enjoy the vibes and stay golden." Hip hop/rap artists Natho x $inclair, RJ, 9Boys, Desertclan and Rated R
emerge from the loam. Underground Rising at Club Congress. Positive Satan x Based Hoezer
supply the beats...