The Westport Library turns the clock back to revisit the iconic rock festival, Woodstock. Enjoy a live concert with the Woodstock All-Stars, plus hear stories about Woodstock from musicians and organizers who had a hand in making it happen. Whether you remember the news from the day or have seen photos in histories, this weekend festival continues to intrigue and entertain 50 years later.
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The evening will open with a moderated panel discussion featuring musicians, managers and sound engineers who directly experienced this pivotal, three-day festival that altered the course of rock and roll history. Hear from moderator/musicologist Roger Kaufman, author Bruce Pollock, Johnny Winter guitarist Paul Nelson, Rock & Roll photographer Michael Friedman, Woodstock performers Ira and Maxine Stone and singer, actress and Woodstock attendee Dodie Pettit, as they reflect on their experiences from one of the defining historical events of the 1960s. After the panel, get groovy with a live music performance of favorite hits from the legendary festival performed by the Old School Revue's Woodstock All Stars.
Performers from the Old School Revue’s Woodstock All-Stars:
- Frank Barrese, guitar
- Bob Cooper, piano
- Roger Kaufman, bass
- NIna Smith Hammerling, vocalist
- Joe Meo, saxophone, flute
- Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step with the Saugatuck Horns, guitar, vocalist
- Pete Hohmeister
- Dodie Pettit,vocalist
- Billy Foster, vocalist
- Fred Scerbo, sax
- Ira & Maxine Stone
This Westporter/Westonite wears many hats as bandleader, bass player, producer, and closet historian; and is the moderator for this spectacular panel discussion. Kaufman’s musical roots run deep –his grandfather Mel Kaufman wrote over 60 compositions including “Me-Ow” in 1918. His passion for 1960s Memphis Soul and R&B can be heard locally in his band, Old School Revue. Recently, Kaufman has been assisting the Smithsonian in the acquisition, archival and exhibition of donations from celebrated composer/producer Steve Cropper and Westonite Jose Feliciano.
Bruce Pollock—Author, Editor
Since 1969, when he had his first song published, Bruce has been a full-fledged player in the deviant sub culture of Rock and Roll. The author of By the time We Got To Woodstock:The Rock and Roll Revolution, he has written 15 books on music, interviewed hundreds of pop/rock/folk/soul/blues and jazz musicians, produced nearly 100 record compilations and self published an annual musical reference book for 17 years. He was founding Editor in Chief of the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician, an Executive A&R Producer at BMG and Sony BMG and a columnist for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Viva, Video Review, the Gannett Westchester Newspapers and Songfacts.com. He currently resides in Fairfield and was recently a guest lecturer for two semesters at Fairfield University, teaching a course on the History of Rock and Roll.
Legendary record producer and audio engineer, Fraboni worked closely with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt. As Vice-President at Island Records, he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. Among his far too numerous to mention recording credits, he also produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz. Rob has so many great adventures, stories and technically “sound” ideas, he rarely stops talking… yet is always looking for “feedback…”
Ira and Maxine Stone are ex Woodstock performers, guitarists, and vocalists. At Woodstock , backing Bert Sommer (Broadway cast of “Hair”), they received the venue’s very first standing ovation at their Woodstock performance in 1969. Like many of the performers, they were stuck in traffic between the hotel and the venue and had to be helicoptered into the site. They have recorded or performed with Mick Jagger, John Oates, The Allman Brothers, Delaney and Bonnie, Leslie West, Yes, Poco, The Music Explosion and Chad Mitchell
A Weston resident, Friedman was manager and music producer in the '60s and '70s, and had the opportunity to work with Janis Joplin, The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Todd Rundgren and others. An avid photographer, Friedman captured up close and intimate moments, both on stage and off, of numerous legendary performers. His “The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman ” is headed to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dodie Pettit is an actress, singer, dancer and songwriter. Ms. Pettit has the distinction of performing on Broadway in history’s two longest running shows, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, (Original Cast) and CATS. Dodie also appeared in the First National Touring Company of the Tony award winning “TITANIC .” She spent more than a dozen years in these shows, and has over 5,000 performances to her credit, a milestone which few Broadway performers have achieved. In May 2004, Dodie was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award for “commitment to the arts and excellence in the field of dance” from the American