By GIL ZOHAR
Jul 30, 2009
If you missed the legendary Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur's Farm
in August of 1969, here's your chance to capture the Summer of Love -
without the rain and mud.
Jerusalem is set to rock with a five-hour music marathon on Tu Be'av
(Wednesday, August 5), the traditional Jewish day of love. The event,
commemorating 40 years since the historic three-day Woodstock
Festival attracted an estimated 500,000 hippies to upstate New York,
is happening at the Kraft Family Stadium at the north end of Sacher
Park. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the first of the five bands coming
on stage an hour later.
The benefit concert is being organized by American Football in
Israel, a Jerusalem-based not-for-profit group headquartered at the
Kraft Stadium, and is sponsored by the Association of Americans and
Canadians in Israel (AACI).
The Jerusalem Woodstock Revival line-up includes renowned Israeli
artist Geva Alon paying tribute to Neil Young; celebrated blues
guitarist Ronnie Peterson playing Bob Dylan; singer-guitarist Lazer
Lloyd from the rock band Yood rendering some of Jimi Hendrix's
classics; and Eliyahu Sidikman's acclaimed Crosby, Stills and Nash
tribute band Long Time Gone.
"The Doors will be set on fire by the band Crystal Ship in the spirit
of Woodstock," says events promoter Carmi Wurtman, who brought Macy
Gray to the capital in May for Students Day.
Purists may argue that Jim Morrison didn't play at the original
Woodstock Festival. But, Wurtman counters, "Like The Beatles and a
few other world-famous bands, The Doors weren't at Woodstock - but
they should have been!"
Similarly, you could say the Summer of Love should have been in 1969
instead of two years earlier. For Philadelphia-born Wurtman, who last
year brought Woodstock legend Joe Cocker to Israel, the historical
details aren't critical. "It's all about the music," he says.
"Bring blankets, even if there won't be any mud like the original
Woodstock," says publicist Nadia Levene. "Max Yasgur's niece Abigail
Yasgur, who co-wrote Max Said Yes as a tribute to her uncle, is
coming to the Jerusalem Woodstock Revival," she adds.
"I missed the original Woodstock Festival and have regretted it ever
since," says Kraft Stadium director Steve Leibowitz. "I believe that
the music of Woodstock impacted Western culture in a way that no
music festival or performer ever has since."
"I think it's fitting that our Woodstock Revival is happening on Tu
Be'av," says concert manager Danny Gewirtz. "We hope that the stadium
will be full of peace, love and rock 'n' roll. In any case, we
promise to provide the rock 'n' roll!"
Blues guitarist Mark Rashkow, who opened for Michael Jackson and
other major bands before moving here from Chicago in 2003, is the
only musician involved with the revival festival who attended the
1969 Woodstock. Rashkow is slated to jam with other musicians during
a guest performance.
For more information and tickets, see woodstockrevival.com