PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- They donned the stage in paisley, tie-dye, bandanas and peace signs to play the music of their generation--the Woodstock generation. "We don't just perform the music," said Gary Adamson, leader of the tribute band Back To The Garden 1969 , who sings and plays guitar and drums. "We try to deliver the spirit of that era."
Adamson's band covers music performed at the legendary 1969 music festival in upstate New York that came to be known as Woodstock. The band, based out of Rye, played a free outdoor concert on Port Chester's waterfront Wednesday evening to a crowd of more than 200 people.
The set ran for an hour and a half with classic rock hits from bands including Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker and the Who. The event was organized by the Port Chester Recreation Department and Entertainment Committee, and was the last of three outdoor summer concerts held on the waterfront. Also in attendance was New York DJ Pete Fornatale, who was on-air at WNEW-FM in 1969. Fornatale introduced the band and provided some commentary from his book, Back To The Garden, which gives his personal account of being at Woodstock. "People often ask me when WNEW-FM started to suck," said Fornatale on-stage as he introduced the band. "I tell them it happened when they stopped playing the great music that you're about to hear." Were you at Woodstock? Do you enjoy the music from that era?
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