By Joan Slowey Dellett ~
If you’re an old hippie like I am, you either went to the original Woodstock concert in Bethel, NY in 1969 or forever regretted NOT being a part of that historic chapter of rock ‘n roll history.
Now you may have the chance to relive the spirit of that momentous Festival of Love, Peace and Music. On Thursday, September 26, The Asbury Park Music Foundation will present the premiere screening of Looking Back-Woodstock: 50 Years Ago. A nostalgic look back at the unforgettable and extraordinary Festival through first-person accounts and interviews with Woodstock performers, attendees and organizers, the film recounts their memories of one of the most famous concerts in rock history.
Written and produced by Swiss documentarian Alberto Engeli, the premier will be held at the House of Independents on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. The film screening will begin at 7:45 pm with doors opening at 7 PM. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Asbury Park Music Foundation youth initiatives. Tickets are $25 per person.
The Asbury Park Music Foundation’s mission is to keep the Asbury Park music legacy alive by providing under-served youth with life-changing music education, helping the local music scene thrive and uniting a diverse community through music.
To complement the film and prolong the feeling of the Woodstock aura, a concert by Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Experience band will take the HOI stage immediately after the film. The band promises to faithfully re-create the songs and psychedelically flavored spirit of the Woodstock Generation.
In addition, preceding the film will be an exclusive Meet and Greet with contributors to the film including Michael Lang and photographer Mike Frankel to be held at 6 pm in Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery at the Asbury Hotel. Attendance is limited to the first fifty people who purchase tickets to the film and concert.
Whether you were at the original festival – or any of the reunions concerts – in person or in spirit or desperately wish you had, this could be your chance to relive that Summer of Love.
Click on the link for tickets and more information, AsburyParkMusicLives.org or call 732-775-8900.