Woodstock 45th anniversary party in Steamboat to be a celebration of music, culture
August 14, 2014
Steamboat Springs — An event that brought millions of people together in celebration of music and peace forever will be remembered in history.
What was known as Woodstock — or rather, the "Woodstock Music and Art Fair" — brought three days of peace and music. It featured music legends by the likes of Richie Havens, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and more.
"It was such an amazing event with incredible music from some of the greatest musicians at the time," said Scott Parker, executive director at the Chief Theater.
For the 45th anniversary of the event, the Chief Theater will host a free party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday featuring live music from a group known for their authentic rocking tributes to musicians such as Neil Young, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell. At the event, the "Woodstock" film also will be shown.
Attendees are encourage to dress in ’60s garb to be eligible for best-dressed prizes.
"Steamboat hasn't really had an event like this," Parker said about the celebration of Woodstock. "We hope people will come out in full force because it's going to be a really fun party."
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With a band that feels at home playing music from the ’60s and ’70s era, Parker said singers Kip Strean and Laura Lamun are magic onstage together with their intricate harmonies and stage personas.
Easy Peaces is composed of members Dave Allen on the drums, Willie Samuelson on the bass and Kevin Williams on the keyboard, along with Strean and Lamun.
Strean said it was a no-brainer for them to perform at this event because of the fact that most of their material is from the Woodstock era.
"People can expect to see a good retrospect of that whole era," Strean said about the music he knows well and experienced firsthand when touring extensively in the early ’70s.
Incorporating a few new tunes in light of the celebration, the event is meant to take a look back in time appreciate the history of music that came from that era.
"I hope everyone can come and enjoy themselves with the celebration of film and music," Parker said.