As you are all well aware by now Desert Daze Music Festival is celebrating it’s 10th season as the Best Little Fest in the West! Yet August of 2019 marks the auspicious 50th Anniversary of what has become the iconic mother of all modern day music festivals … Woodstock!
The Woodstock Festival (aka An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music) was a three-day concert (which rolled into a fourth day) that involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, plus a lot of mud. The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture. The festival took place on August 15-18, 1969, at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the town of Bethel (outside of White Lake, New York).
Despite all the organizers’ troubles, the Woodstock Festival got started nearly on time. On Friday evening, August 15, Richie Havens got up on stage and officially started the Festival. Sweetwater, Joan Baez, and other folk artists also played Friday night.The music started up again shortly after noon on Saturday with Quill and continued non-stop until Sunday morning around 9 AM. The day of psychedelic bands continued with such musicians as Santana, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and The Who, to name just a few. It was obvious to everyone that on Sunday, the Woodstock Festival was winding down. Most of the crowd left throughout the day, leaving about 150,000 people on Sunday night. When Jimi Hendrix, the last musician to play at Woodstock, finished his set early on Monday morning, the crowd was down to only 25,000. Despite the 30-minute lines for water and at least hour-long wait to use a toilet, the Woodstock Festival was a huge success.
We at Desert Daze wish to pay honor and homage to that landmark musical event. No … we do not plan on creating a mudpit in order to allow some patrons to indulge in some birthday suit bathing, nor having vendors selling LSD for a $1 a hit (as fun as all that sounds …) but we do plan to mark the Golden Anniversary of this auspicious occasion with a few fun flourishes…
- All musical performers appearing at the Desert Daze Festival this year will be asked to include in their set at least one song that was performed at the original Woodstock concert (their choice)!.
- The Desert Daze T-Shirts to mark our 10th anniversary will be rocking an iconic tie-dye motif!
- All participants are encouraged to wear their very finest 1969 hippie wear for the occasion. Their will be a prizes awarded for the best Woodstock looks!
This 10th anniversary celebration of Desert Daze Music Festival is going be a blast! With great live music and musicians invited from past Desert Daze Festivals, lots of diverse and interesting vendors and food, workshops, a children’s play area and of course the ever popular beer garden we are going to party like it’s 1969! Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for more announcements about this fantastic event!