All stage appearances had their own story and many bands and artists shows turned out to be very much different than what they expected and also most of them performed with an unexpected delay after hours of waiting back stage. Delays were due to some bands couldn’t get on time at the venue because of traffic jams and bad weather circumstances at some moments.

The stage stories of most artists are remarkable =

Richie Havens foto


His Woodstock appearance in 1969 catapulted him into stardom and was a major turning point in his career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours. In part, Havens was told to continue playing, because many artists scheduled to perform after him were delayed in reaching the festival location with highways at a virtual standstill. He was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual Motherless Child that became Freedom.


The second band that played at the Woodstock Festival was Sweetwater following Richie Havens. Sweetwater arrived later on Friday afternoon because they were stuck in the traffic jam. They started at about 6.15 pm.

Sweetwater foto
Sri Swami Satchidananda foto


Sri Swami Satchidananda opened the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival  in Bethel, New York  on August 15, addressing a crowd of approximately 500,000.


Bert Sommer played on Friday, August 15th. He played for about 30 to 40 minutes (based on the given setlist) accompanied by a bass and a second guitarist. Since he was a talented Folk artist he fit perfectly in the Friday band schedule

Bert Sommers foto
Ravi Shankar foto


The Indian music genius Ravi Shankar was for sure someone very special for the Woodstock festival. Shankar started at about 10 pm on Friday evening and played for over 40 minutes throughout the rain.


In 1969, Tim Hardin appeared at the Woodstock Festival where he sang his “If I Were A Carpenter” song solo, as well as a full set of his music while backed by a band that included drummer Muruga Booker.

Tim Hardin foto
Melanie Safka foto


Melanie’s solo set was short but sweet though you can hear her anxiety in her voice. She performed at 11 pm on Friday, the 15th. Melanie played instead of The Incredible String Band who refused to play while it was raining. During her set the audience lit up candles to accompany the music. Later she wrote a song about that which was a great hit: “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.


Is an American folk singer.  Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. Guthrie’s best-known work is “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”, a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in length. His song “Massachusetts” was named the official folk song of the state in which he has lived most of his adult life.

Arlo Guthrie foto
Joan Baez foto



was the last act on Friday evening. She started at about 1:00 am. Appropriately, she wished everybody a good morning. Her perfectly arranged set combined with her beautiful and skillful voice was a fine finish for a chaotic and exhausting first day. During her performance it was drizzling, and then after her she finished it started to rain heavily.