I was only 14 years old when Woodstock made its historical debut in Bethel New York from August 15th to August 18, 1969 on Max Yasgur’s 60 acre dairy farm. Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of that time performed during the sometimes rainy weekend. Several attempts have been made to recreate the festival but the original even has proven to be unique and legendary. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history.

The Spirit of Woodstock was recorded live at the Kenneth B. Clark Auditorium at the New York State Museum in order to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original festival.. The Museum presented Professor Louie & The Crowmatix with Tom “Bones” Malone & the Rock of Ages Horns performing music from famous artists that performed in the original Woodstock, such as The Band, Bob Dylan , etc.

Members of the Crowmatix are Aaron Professor “Louie” Hurwitz as the lead singer that plays the keyboards and accordion. He worked for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame group, “The Band” from 1985 to 1999. Also with The Crowmatix are Marie Spinosa (vocals, keyboards and percussion) who also sang with “The Band”, Gary Burke (drummer and arranger) who has performed with Bob Dylan and Joe Jackson, Frank Campbell (bass and vocals) and Josh Colow (guitar and vocals)

Some of the songs you can hear on this CD are Life Is A Carnival, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Atlantic City and Forever Young.

This CD can be purchased at MVD.

Jan Barrett

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