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QUILL

was the first band on the second day, Saturday, the 16th. They started ca. at 12:15 pm. Quill gained popularity in New England and New York and played numerous smaller clubs in that area.

 

COUNTRY JOE McDONALD

His first performance was a solo performance without his band The Fish. Country Joe played a simple but relaxed solo set for about half an hour.

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SANTANA

brought the Latin Rock Fusion to Woodstock. They started at 2:00 pm on Saturday, the 16th. Relatively unknown for the audience, Santana hit the nerve of the party crowd quite well.  The band had just played local gigs in the San Francisco area so they were relatively unknown. Their set was powerful and magical at the same time.

JOHN B SEBASTIAN

was popular among the rock festival circuits. He had a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, appearing after Country Joe McDonald’s set, playing songs such as “I Had A Dream,” “Rainbows All Over Your Blues,” “Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation,” which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival.

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KEEF HARTLEY BAND

 was the first British band that performed at Woodstock. Woodstock was the first U.S. gig for the band.  It is said that they played with Santana’s equipment.

THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND

They refused to play on Friday due the rain, performed on Saturday at about 6.00 pm. The Incredible String Band was quite an interesting band who played folk songs with psychedelic influences.

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CANNED HEAT

 In 1969 they had already added psychedelic elements to their blues influenced songs and their Boogie Rock kept the people dancing. They hit the stage on Saturday, the 16th at about 7.30 pm. The gig took place during sunset . The sky was cloudy so it was a little bit darker than usual. The set list was wisely chosen and featured their greatest hits: “Going Up the Country” and “On the Road Again”, the last one as the encore. The song “Woodstock Boogie” is basically an almost 30 minute jam, also including a drum solo.

MOUNTAIN

played heavy Blues Rock, mainly influenced by the well-known band Cream. Woodstock was only their fourth gig but they played in front of 500,000 people. It was Saturday, August the 16th, 1969, the second day of Woodstock, and about 9:00 pm.

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THE GRATEFUL DEAD

are their own phenomenon. Influenced by Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk and of course Rock ‘N’ Roll, they used to stretch their compositions to incredible lengths, improvising solos and lyrics. The Grateful Dead came late on stage because Owsley Stanley (a.k.a. “Bear” – their soundman and electrical engineer) wanted to fix the electrical ground on stage. Also their heavy equipment had squashed the turnable stage. Further, the rain had flooded the stage and the band was in danger of electric shocks. Songs got delayed because of long breaks between them. After a while, it all ended in an almost everlasting “Turn On Your Lovelight” after which the band left. The Dead started at about 10:30 pm on Saturday the 16th. Their gig was supposed to be a little longer than the other bands because of the breaks. So they finished around midnight.

 CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

 

Their catchy music was one of the true highlights of the whole festival. Though they started late in the night from Saturday to Sunday (around 12.30) their blend of R&B, Folk- and Country-Rock didn’t fail to impress. However, John Fogerty complained that the long set of The Grateful Dead delayed their set so most of the audience went to bed when CCR performed in the middle of the night.

 

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THE WHO

 

were scheduled as the second to last act  to play on Saturday, August 16th. When they actually started playing it was already Sunday morning around 5:00. They played their exceptional Tommy album, a Rock Opera dealing with the struggle of a deaf, dumb and blind boy who later finds a cure and gains stardom with his messianic movement. The finale of this performance took place during sunrise which occured at 6:05 am.

 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

 

The dual and sometimes triple voice was their trademark. They combined Psychedelia as well as Blues in their songs. The Airplane became the archetype of the new, young and rebellious generation: free and successful, living together as a family , making music, taking drugs. Jefferson Airplane were scheduled as the headliner for Saturday, the second day of Woodstock, but finally started in Sunday morning around 8.00 am .

 

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JOE COCKER

was the first officially scheduled act on Sunday. He went on stage at about 2.00 pm.  Especially well received was the Beatles’ cover song “With a Little Help from My Friends”  Cocker’s backing band at that time was the superb Grease Band . Shortly after Cocker’s gig a heavy thunderstorm washed over the festival and everything was brought to stop for several hours.