West Fest is a free festival set to take place October 25 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock
West Fest: The Free 40th Anniversary of Woodstock
By now, most Woodstock enthusiasts have turned to West Fest as the destination for their Woodstock 40th anniversary celebration. The event is set to take place on October 25 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and will feature a slew of Woodstock 1969 veterans, speakers on a wide variety of issues, Woodstock era artists, and 3,000 guitarists simultaneously shredding "Purple Haze". Did we mention that West Fest is free?
In the true spirit of the Woodstock Nation, the completely free West Fest will symbolize the meaning of the original Woodstock as people from all around the world to celebrate peace and music. Original Woodstock icons include Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone), Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat), Barry 'the Fish' Melton (Country Joe and the Fish), Peter Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and the Merry Pranksters members Ken Babbs, George Walker, And Mountain Girl. More original Woodstock guests are also expected to make an appearance.
The great music acts and nostalgic figureheads of Woodstock 1969 will be accompanied by San Francisco musicians, artists from the Woodstock era, up and coming beat poets, poster artists (including designer of the original Woodstock poster Arnold Skolnick), and speakers that will address national and global issues. Topics of discussion include free speech, The Green Movement, and anti-war issues. A true embodiment of the ideals of the counterculture, West Fest is sure to be the highlight of the 40th anniversary of the legendary event.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in a free and epic fashion. See some of the most prolific icons of the 1960s as well as some of the newer West Fest bands who have adopted the views of one of the most influential counterculture groups in American history. Join Woodstock 1969 veterans, fans, and a new generation that has embraced the ideals of the counterculture in the free event that is West Fest.
Producer: 2b1 Multimedia Inc. and the Council of Light in association with Artie Kornfeld
When: October 25, 2009, 9am to 6pm
Where: Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA USA
Non-Profit: 501-(c) 3
Contact: Boots Hughston, 415-861-1520 http://www.2b1records.com/woodstock40sf/