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Sunday, August 23, 2009

I Missed Woodstock - Kiloh Smith

Kiloh Smith

Kiloh Smith here, I missed Woodstock (too young - I was eight) but grew up in Ulster County, New York. I am a graduate of New Paltz College.

It was a gas seeing Richie Havens, the Band, Johnny Winter, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Melanie, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia when they were all in their late twenties / thirties playing at the Joyus Lake in Woodstock, the Chance in Poughkkeepsie, the Towne Crier in Pawling, the Pursuit of Happiness Cafe in Mt. Tremper, the Tripping Field in New Paltz, UPAC in Kingston and more! The Mid-Hudson Valley ROCKED in the Seventies and Eighties! Legends were still walking the Earth and jamming out! Shit, they were still young.

I once saw: David Bromberg, Will Scarlet, Hot Tuna and The Band all jamming on the same stage at The Chance in Poughkeepsie. I saw a 29 year old Arlo Guthrie, looking exactly like on the LP, play Alice's Restaurant at the Joyus Lake. I saw Alvin Lee, playing the same Guitar as at Woodstock, jamming with the rest of Ten Years After at the Chance. I've seen Johnny Winter wail out more times than I can remember at all of the clubs I mentioned above. It was a great time.

It's too bad that they didn't get everybody still alive back at Yasgur's Farm in '79. I was waiting for that one.

The Band would play all of the bars/clubs that I listed above and you could stand so close to them it was like being in their living room. Then they would go off and tour Japan or play Carnagie Hall. It was an amazing time in the Mid Hudson Valley.

Seventy miles away Lou Reed was tearing up NYC/NJ Clubs and venues. Zappa was still walking the earth and playing around. It was great.


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