On August 18th, the ashes of music legend Richie Havens will be scattered across the field where the original Woodstock festival was staged in 1969. The sight is currently the home of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Guest speakers at the event include actors Danny Glover and Louis Gossett Jr. (who co-wrote âHandsome Johnnyâ with Havens) and original 1969 Woodstock Festival organizers Michael Lang and Joel Rosenman. Musical performers for the day include Jose Feliciano, John Hammond, John Sebastian, Steve Gorn with Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Samir Chatterjee, Guy Davis, Stephanie Winters and Walter Parks, Dayna Kurtz, and others to be announced. Stage performances will be hosted by noted radio voice Dennis Elsas (WFUV/SiriusXM).
Tickets to the seated performance area have already sold out, but anyone who wishes to attend is welcome and the event is free and opened to the public.
âRichie was one of the worldâs greatest gifts, a consummate songwriter and performer. He was very supportive of Bethel Woods, our museum and our mission to educate and inspire expression,â says Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods. âWe are proud to have known him personally and to be able to honor his wishes. He will be greatly missed.â - via CelebrityAccess