Rockstock to bring live music to Woodstock Square three times this summer
The historic Woodstock Square will be home this summer to the inaugural Rockstock Festival, a Saturday night music series that begins June 8 with music on July 6 and Aug. 10. Each performance will be 6 to 11 p.m.
Music festivalgoers will gather on the quaint Woodstock Town Square for Rockstock to celebrate in part the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Festival that took place from Aug. 15-18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York.
A production of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, Big Bang Festivals and Real Woodstock, Rockstock will feature bands outdoors under the summer sky.
Admission is free. For those 21 or older, wristbands can be purchased for $5. Beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Visit www.realwoodstock.com/rockstock-music-festival.
The music lineup represents a diverse group of artists, including:
• The GooRoos on Saturday, June 8. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Covering everything from pop-country to the Top 40, the GooRoos kick off the Rockstock Music Festival series with a high-energy show and extensive set list. Hear some of your favorite songs from such artists as Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, George Michael, Johnny Cash, Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Sublime, The Killers and Wild Cherry.
The second concert in the festival series takes place during the Fourth of July weekend. Make Woodstock the holiday destination and spend the long Independence Day weekend with family and friends in Woodstock.
• Suburban Cowboys on Saturday, July 6. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Suburban Cowboys is a highly sought-after country act, headlining 100-plus annual shows including prestigious venues such as Joe's On Weed Street in Chicago, Joe's Live Rosemont, Country Thunder and many fairs and festivals.
The final performance of the festival series pays tribute to two original acts at the Woodstock Festival in 1969: The Who and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
• Marrakesh Express with Who's Who on Saturday, Aug. 10. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m. Opening the final day of the Rockstock Festival is Who's Who, an electric band that captures the energy and musicianship of The Who, all while covering every stage of The Who's discography.
Capping off the Rockstock Festival is Marrakesh Express. One of the best tribute bands in the Midwest, Marrakesh Express played the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute Concert. The music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young has stood the test of time and Marrakesh Express brings classic hits to life on stage.