Woodstock turns 50: Celebrate in Tampa with concerts, lectures, art shows and the Who

From tribute bands to original performers like Arlo Guthrie and Canned Heat, there’s a lot of Woodstock nostalgia on the way.
Published August 8

Want to relive Woodstock on the festival’s 50th anniversary? Here are some ways to do so around Tampa Bay — as well as a few opportunities to catch original Woodstock performers right in your backyard.

Comin’ Back to Me: The Music and Spirit of ’69, A Tribute to Marty Balin: The Jefferson Airplane founder and singer lived in Tampa until his death in 2018. His paintings, photographs and memorabilia are on display through Sept. 22. $10, $8 seniors, free for members, students with ID, 17 and younger and active military. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. 600 E Klosterman Drive, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762. leeparattner.org.

Koko Ray’s Woodstock Show: The saxophonist and bandleader plays songs by artists from the Woodstock era. $8. 5 p.m. Aug. 11. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.

Woodstock lectures: Eckerd College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a few lectures about the festival. “Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective” is at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 15. “The Plane Flies High: Jefferson Airplane, Woodstock and the 1960s Counter Culture” is at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $25, $10 members. Harbor Hall, 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 864-7600. eckerd.edu/olli.

Woodstock: The Director’s Cut: An extended version of the famed documentary returns to select movie theaters at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Find a theater at fathomevents.com.

Spirit of Woodstock: A three-day festival featuring “incredible music reminiscent of 1969 along with the modern music of today,” featuring the Hummingbirds, Uncle John’s Band, Kettle of Fish, tribute bands and more. Camping available. $10 and up Aug. 16, $25 and up Aug. 17, $15 and up Aug. 18, $50 and up for the weekend. Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. (941) 758-7585. spiritofwoodstock.org.

Paisley Craze: Tribute to the Woodstock Era: Relive songs from the era at the Hard Rock Cafe, surrounded by many Woodstock-era artifacts. 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 Orient Road, Tampa. (813) 387–9838. seminolehardrocktampa.com.

Peace of Woodstock: The tribute band performs songs from the festival, from Richie Havens to Jimi Hendrix. They’ve got several local shows this month, including 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, $22 and up; 8 p.m. Aug. 17 with a Who tribute band at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, $16 and up; and 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, $20 and up. peaceofwoodstock.com.

Fresh off the farm

Hippiefest: Ten Years After, featuring Woodstock veterans Ric Lee and Chick Churchill, and Henry Gross of Sha Na Na, lead the lineup, along with Vanilla Fudge and Big Brother and the Holding Company. $45 and up. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.

The Who: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are joined by a full symphony on their latest tour. $63 and up. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.

Blood, Sweat and Tears: This one’s tricky, because the lineup of Blood, Sweat and Tears that played Woodstock dissipated long ago; the current band playing under that name has no direct connection to Woodstock. Nevertheless, they’re playing the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 19, opening for Chicago, a band that almost played Woodstock before a schedule conflict got in the way. $20 and up (weekend packages $35 and up). Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. clearwaterjazz.com.

Canned Heat: Going Up the Country is a Woodstock anthem. If you want to see them, you’ll have to go up into the country yourself. $26 and up. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala. (352) 854-3670. csculturalcenter.com.

Arlo Guthrie: $42 and up. 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater.

Contact Jay Cridlin at cridlin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8336. Follow @JayCridlin.