Fifty years ago this August, hundreds of thousands of fans converged on Woodstock, NY for three days of peace and music. These days, a Georgia city by the same name is becoming known as a music mecca.
Thirty-two acts performed at the original Woodstock festival. These 32 happenings are why music lovers should plan a trip to Woodstock, GA this year.
Friday Night Live (#1) is the first Friday of each month March to December from 6 to 9 pm in Downtown Woodstock. The event always has a fun theme. Shops and restaurants stay open late with sales and specials. Bands perform at two locations on Main Street.
Greenprints Alliance’s Trailfest (#2) benefits Woodstock’s trail system on Saturday, May 4th at the Elm Street Event Green. Headlining this year’s festival is Atlanta’s Blair Crimmins and the Hookers.
Reformation Brewery hosts regular music events each month. Reformers Live (#3), Open Jam (#4), and Musicians Open Mic (#5). Cadence Fair (#6) in the fall is an all-day festival with a full line-up of bands and unexpected surprises like fire eaters and stilt walkers.
Madlife Stage and Studios delivers perfect evenings for concert goers and performing artists alike. The space is visually intimate and sonically correct so there’s great energy for regular events like Dueling Pianos (#7), Patio Music Nights (#8), and Undiscovered Artists Showcase (#9). Madlife has one to two shows nightly from Wednesday to Sunday featuring nationally-recognized original artists (#10) and tribute acts (#11).
Woodstock Roots Music Nights are the third Thursday evening monthly from May to August on the Elm Street Event Green. The line-up this year includes local, original artists Andrea & Mud (#12), The Muckers (#13), Pony League (#14), and Reverend Hylton (#15).
Woodstock Summer Concert Series is in its 22ndseason. Concerts take place in the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater on the second Saturday of each month May to September. Free shows start at 7:30 pm. Recent Grand Ole Opry inductee and hometown favorite Mark Wills (#16), Better Than Ezra (#17), Who’s Bad (#18), multi-platinum chart-topper Little River Band (#19), and The Molly Ringwolds (#20) make up the 2019 season.
The Lantern Series at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is about conversations and community. The series introduces new music, ideas and cultures that aren’t typical for Woodstock. Coming up are Break of Reality (#21) April 13th, Huntertones (#22) May 18th, and Violet Bell (#23) June 1st.
Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill has an amazing patio to take in live music (#24) and hosts Kennesaw State University School of Music’s Annual Jazz Festival (#25) happening Sunday, April 14th from 2 to 7pm.
Rootstock and Vine hosts an intimate music series called The Listening Room (#26) and it’s a top destination for rooftop music (#27) as well. Other places in Downtown Woodstock to catch a live act most every weekend include Copper Coin (#28), Harvey’s Cigar Bar (#29), and Pure Taqueria (#30).
If musical theater is your thing, don’t miss The Wizard of Oz (#31) at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village beginning July 10th. You can also get an idea of the caliber of artists that call Woodstock home without ever leaving yours by checking out Dean’s Store Sessions (#32) on YouTube.In addition to a great music scene, Woodstock has chef-driven restaurants in a vibrant downtown, charming independent retailers and name brand outlet shopping, miles of trails, and great places to stay. Plan your trip at visitwoodstockga.com