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Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration kicks off in Bethel

BETHEL, N.Y. (WBNG) — People are making their way to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

The facility announced the following lineup for the Woodstock 50th anniversary weekend Aug. 15 through Aug. 18:

Thursday, August 15: A screening of the Warner Bros. Academy-Award winning documentary, Woodstock: the Director’s Cut will be held on the historic festival field. It is an experience unlike any other to watch the documentary that chronicles the emergence of the Counterculture movement on the very field where it was filmed a half-century ago.

Friday, August 16: Ringo Starr and his All Star Band will take the Pavilion Stage, along with Arlo Guthrie, who performed just after midnight on Friday, the first day of the festival; as well as Edgar Winter with The Edgar Winter Band, returning to Bethel for the first time since performing at the festival with his brother Johnny Winter.

Saturday, August 17: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Woodstock legend, Santana returns to Bethel Woods Pavilion Stage, exactly 50 years after his groundbreaking Saturday afternoon festival performance. Santana will be joined by special guests The Doobie Brothers.

Sunday, August 18: John Fogerty with Tedeschi Trucks Band & Grace Potter.

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Nicky Hickling

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