Back to 1969: Jerusalem Woodstock Revival VIII set to rock the capital

I didn’t attend the original Woodstock music festival in 1969 because I was on my first visit to Israel that summer, igniting my Zionist fervour that led to Aliyah in 1974. Forty-eight years later my love of Israel remains and so does my dedication to the music that rocked my generation.

For those reasons, a few friends and I got together to create what we call “The Jerusalem Woodstock Revival.”  The capital’s 8th rendition of the 60s and 70s classic rock festival will take place at ‘The Yellow Submarine,’ on Friday, October 6 (Chol HaMoed Sukkot) between 11 am and 4 pm.

The idea is to bring Israeli cover bands to the music that is now known as ‘The oldies.’  American-born Libi is a popular returnee to the Jerusalem Woodstock stage. The hippest 60-something grandma of Israeli X-Factor fame, along with her band, The Flashback, plans to rock ‘The Rolling Stones’ like only she, and Mick Jagger  know how.

The Israeli legend Shay Tochner, will be returning to JWR with the hugely talented violinist, Yonatan Miller and sweet-voiced vocalist, Gabriella Lewis, to haunt the audience with acoustic folk melodies that were played at Yasgur’s Farm.

The JWR newcomer bands, Jokers & Thieves and Undercover promise to get the audience on their feet and dancing to Woodstock classics by CCR, CSN, Dylan and many others.

In an attempt to recapture the atmosphere of Woodstock there will be tie-dying, juggling, face painting and even a Woodstock themed Sukkah.

Part of the reason that I stay involved in preserving the music of Woodstock is that we can all use a break from the normal tensions of life, and spend some hours enjoying the mood of peace, love and rock and roll.



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The Yellow Submarine: 13 Rechavim Street, Jerusalem

About the Author
Steve Leibowitz is a veteran journalist who moved from the U.S. to Israel in 1974. He is the president of American Football in Israel and the director of Kraft Family Stadium.
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