Richie Havens Memorial at Woodstock Anniversary on Sunday

August 15th, 2013, 11:01 am by Greg

Back to the garden…

On Sunday (August 18) in Bethel, the ashes of music legend Richie Havens will be scattered across the field where the historic Woodstock Festival took place in 1969, which today is the site of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The life and music of Havens – who passed away in April at the age of 72 – will be celebrated with a “Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens.” Admission is free.

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LIVE: Richie Havens @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 3/6/10

March 8th, 2010, 11:45 am by Greg

More than 40 years after his career-making performance at Woodstock, Richie Havens still walks the walk and talks the talk. On Saturday night, his performance at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady was peppered with plenty of ’60s lingo. “It’s so far out,” he said. “That’s how heavy it is.” And, “The vibe was on.”

Looking and sounding more like some spiritual guru than a pop star, Havens spoke in a hushed, intimate whisper that went way beyond “laid-back.” And he talked alot, opening the show with a ten-minute reminiscence about his early days on the Greenwich Village folk scene.

But on Saturday night, it also seemed as though perhaps Havens was lulled by his own voice. He seemed unfocused, several times forgetting the lyrics in mid-song, even during Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,” a song that I’m sure Havens has sung hundreds – if not thousands – of times.

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Woodstock vets still alive & kickin’

August 12th, 2009, 1:29 pm by Greg

Max Yasgur's farm today (photo by Rick Bedrosian)

Max Yasgur's farm today (photo by Rick Bedrosian)


Four decades ago, they were all gathered at a farm in Bethel.

And now, many of those same musicians are continuing to spread the word – or at least, the music.

Here’s where you can catch some of the original 1969 Woodstock festival alums in action these days:

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