It was the summer when everything changed.

 A music festival in the farmlands of upstate New York that promised three days of “peace, love and music” for the hefty price of $18 became the defining moment of the burgeoning youth movement of the late 60s.

The nation’s media focused on the traffic jams, open pot smoking, nudity, rain and sordid living conditions of the 600,000 young people who made the trek.

This is what 600,000 people trying to get into a Woodstock looks like. Luckily, they are not expecting that many people at the KVMR event. Photo courtesy of The Morrison Hotel Gallery

But in the end, what really mattered was the music: 32 of the most popular bands playing more than 300 songs, some of which went on to define the era. Careers were made. Bands that passed regretted it. It was a musical moment that has remained unparalleled.

On July 20 from 3:30-10 p.m. Nevada City’s beloved community radio station, KVMR, will recapture the groove with a daylong festival called “Woodstock Reimagined” in which local bands will play the music that made Woodstock such a treasure.

It will be fashioned after similar KVMR anniversary events over the past two summers at the Pioneer Park’s band shell, one on the Summer of Love and another on KVMR’s 40th birthday. There will be food and ice cream vendors, and sodas, beer and wine for sale. And of course plenty of room to set up chairs and blankets and to let the kids roam.

Love Train will groove to Sly & The Family Stone

Saul Rayo will kick off the afternoon solo playing the music of Richie Havens, followed by Chameleon covering Santana and Cassidy Joy singing the tunes of Joan Baez. Grease Grit & Grime will perform Canned Heat songs, while Rayo’s Trio will sing Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Bob Woods Trio will tackle Ten Years After, Shay Dillon will cover the tunes of Janis Joplin and Bob Mora will cover the Paul Butterfield Band. Sgt Funky will play the psychedelic songs of Jefferson Airplane, and Love Train will groove to Sly & The Family Stone. Rayo’s full band will cover the dynamic Joe Cocker, Buck Starr will do the Who and Clarke Meyer will finish off with Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix rocks Woodstock in 1969. Photo courtesy of PBS Foundation

KVMR has lined up a number of acoustic performers and acts between the sets to keep the love flowing. Kelly Flemming will sing the songs of John Sebastian. Sierra Cappella will perform the music of Sha Na Na and more.

KVMR Broadcasters Tom Dalldorf and Chris Towne will emcee the event as well as perform the music of Country Joe McDonald and Arlo Guthrie. Chris Orlander, Nevada County’s 2019 Poet Laureate, will recite poems around the theme of Woodstock. TE Wolf, KVMR broadcaster and stage actor, will present spoken word pieces. 

Remember, it’s all about the love. Photo courtesy of Image United Archives.

General admission is $10, $5 for veterans and children under 15 (no charge for more than two kids in a family). Only service dogs allowed (bring water for them), no glass containers or smoking inside the park gates.

Vendors are Horn of the Bill Taqueria , Falafel Kis and Lazy Dog Ice Cream plus the KVMR drink booth with water, soda, wine and beer for sale.

Hats and sunscreen are encouraged.

Click HERE for more information or tickets.