A Woodstock 50th-anniversary concert was cancelled this month in upstate New York, but another two-weekend event in nearby Ashe County still celebrated the legendary festival’s birthday.
The “Woodstock Experience 2019” festival was staged in West Jefferson over the weekends of Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18. It was six days of music that celebrated peace, love and classic rock ‘n’ roll, just like the original event that drew an estimated 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y.
This selection of images was captured by staff photographer Marty McGee.
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The Saloon Studios Live complex lies just off Mulatto Mountain Road in West Jefferson.
Percussionist Gerardo Velez played in Jimi Hendrix's band at the 1969 Woodstock.
The 30x50 outdoor stage was completed just in time for WE2019. Its construction was sponsored by Apple Rush Sparkling Juice.
Ten Years After's lead singer and guitarist is Marcus Bonfati.
A replica 19th century Old West town is at the heart of Saloon Studios Live in the Beaver Creek community of Ashe County.
Jefferson Starship's Cathy Richardson closes out the Aug. 17 show at WE2019.
Jefferson Starship plays behind a backdrop of colorful lights and smoke during the closing set of WE2019 on Aug. 17.
As the sun sets on the Aug. 17 WE2019, the stage lighting accentuates the visual splendor of the festival and its setting.
Magic hour at the WE2019 festival on Aug. 17, as the day turns into night.
Jefferson Starship plays to an enthusiastic crowd Aug. 17 at the Saloon Studios Live's WE2019.
Professional lighting effects made the Jefferson Starship show even more memorable for the WE2019 audience on Aug. 17.
Jefferson Starship's Aug. 17 show at WE2019 was a delight for the eyes and ears.