Some Play Fantasy Football, I Play Fantasy Concert Promoter

I was driving home (5 hours across New York State farmland) today when I realized that this is my “last summer.” You know, in the sense that next fall I will be a senior in college, so the summer after graduation, the real world starts. Oy vey!

ANYWAY, as I was making the trek from Buffalo to Albany (*insert Erie Canal spiritual here* LOW BRIDGE EVERYBODY DOWN!) I was fiddling with the radio and thinking about all the fun things I am going to try and squeeze in this summer, in between working food service, and my paid 40-hours a week internship. My list included, concerts, days spent in Saratoga sipping Uncommon Grounds coffee in Congress Park, Lark Street in Albany, seeing Third Eye Blind (for free) at Tulip Fest (THIS Saturday), and perhaps making a trip to the Adirondacks to see Emily, or to Woodstock, NY to see Bob Dylan.

This summer is the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival, and concert promoters (as I’ve posted about previously) have been trying to get an anniversary show together that mirrors the original festival (not that 1999 mosh pit-bonfire-lame bullshit). It seems, however, that they started planning too little too late, because all they’ve come up with is a “Woodstock Heroes Tour,” which sounds fun, but it’s not the Festival I want to see for WoodStock’s 40th.

So, all of this is running through my head as I’m cruising through Syracuse at 73mph in my 2004 Chevy Cavalier. And then a question hit me…Woodstock 2009 is not going to happen, but if it was, and I was in charge of the lineup, who would I choose to play for a 3 day festival?

And so the wheels began to spin…I figure a three day fest with music starting at noon everyday ending around 11 gives time for 2ish hour sets (plus breaks) for oh, about 5 bands a day-ish. Now, I’m not an event planner so don’t get all logistical on me, I was just trying to give myself a ballpark number of bands to shoot for. 5 bands a day, over a 3 day festival, is 15 bands…SO, I made a list of 15 bands that would, in my perfect world, play Woodstock 2009.

I chose bands that I think would attract the kind of people that Woodstock is really about: peace, love, and groovy jams. The music would progress through time. Day 1 would see recent acts, Day 2 older acts, and day 3 would be all about Woodstock vets. That said, here’s my list.

Day 1 (in no particular order)
1. Lady Gaga
2. Silversun Pickups
3. The Low Anthem
4. Spin Doctors
5. Dave Matthews Band

Day 2 (in no particular order)
1. Phish
2. Radiohead
3. Tom Petty
4. Kozmic Blues Band (sans Janis, RIP)
5. Aerosmith

Day 3 (in no particular order)
1. Grateful Dead
2. Bob Dylan
3. Crosby, Stills, Nash (and potentially Young)
4. Pete Seeger
5. The Who

Bands I would like to see but can’t because they are either broken up or deceased:
1. Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band
2. The Doors
3. Led Zeppelin
4. the original Allman Brothers Band
5. Cream
6. The Beatles
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience
9. Creedence Clearwater Revival (original)
10. Deep Purple

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