Governor's Woodstock Tribute Contest Is Taking Shape

August 09, 2019 - 9:01 am

WOODSTOCK, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont's plan to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival in Woodstock, Connecticut, is taking shape.

The Democrat announced Thursday five bands chosen to participate in the 2019 Battle of the Bands competition, to be held Aug. 30 at the Woodstock Fair. Each will compete for a share of $17,000 in prize money and the title of Connecticut Band of the Year.

The 65-year-old former businessman, who is donating $20,000 to $30,000 for the tribute concert, couldn't attend the original 1969 festival. Lamont predicts Connecticut's version will be a "day filled with peace and music" and "bands playing everything from Janis to Jimi," referring to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

More than 50 bands submitted contest entries.

The Woodstock 50 three-day concert was canceled last month.