List of performances and events at Woodstock Festival

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The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival held on a 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll".[1][2]

Friday, August 15 to Saturday, August 16[edit]

The first day officially began at 5:07 p.m. with Richie Havens and featured folk artists. 32 acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers.[3]

Richie Havens[edit]

5:07pm – 6:00pm

  1. "From the Prison"
  2. "Get Together"
  3. "From the Prison" (reprise)
  4. "The Minstrel from Gault"
  5. "I'm a Stranger Here"
  6. "High Flying Bird"
  7. "I Can't Make It Anymore"
  8. "With a Little Help from My Friends"
  9. "Handsome Johnny"
  10. "Strawberry Fields Forever / Hey Jude"
  11. "Freedom (Motherless Child)"

Swami Satchidananda[edit]

7:10pm – 7:20pm

  • Gave the invocation for the festival


7:30pm – 8:10pm[nb 1]

  1. "Motherless Child"
  2. "Look Out"
  3. "For Pete's Sake"
  4. "What's Wrong"
  5. "Crystal Spider"
  6. "Two Worlds"
  7. "Why Oh Why"
  8. "Let the Sunshine In"
  9. "Oh Happy Day"

Bert Sommer[edit]

8:20pm – 9:15pm

  1. "Jennifer"
  2. "The Road to Travel"
  3. "I Wondered Where You Be"
  4. "She's Gone"
  5. "Things Are Going My Way"
  6. "And When It's Over"
  7. "Jeanette"
  8. "America"
  9. "A Note That Read"
  10. "Smile"

Tim Hardin[edit]

9:20pm – 9:45pm

  1. "How Can We Hang On to a Dream?"
  2. "Susan"
  3. "If I Were a Carpenter"
  4. "Reason to Believe"
  5. "You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie"
  6. "Speak Like a Child"
  7. "Snow White Lady"
  8. "Blues on My Ceiling"
  9. "Simple Song of Freedom"
  10. "Misty Roses"

Ravi Shankar[edit]

with a three-song set, played through the rain
10:00pm – 10:35pm

  1. "Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital"
  2. "Tabla Solo In Jhaptal"
  3. "Raga Manj Kmahaj (AIap, Jor, Dhun In Kaharwa Tal)"

Melanie Safka[edit]

10:50pm – 11:20pm

  1. "Close to It All"
  2. "Momma Momma"
  3. "Beautiful People"
  4. "Animal Crackers"
  5. "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  6. "Tuning My Guitar"
  7. "Birthday of the Sun"

Arlo Guthrie[edit]

11:55pm – 12:25am

  1. "Coming into Los Angeles"
  2. "Wheel of Fortune"
  3. "Walkin' Down the Line"
  4. Story about Moses and the Brownies
  5. "Mary Don't You Weep"
  6. "Every Hand in the Land"
  7. "Amazing Grace"

Joan Baez[edit]

12:55am – 2:00am [4][nb 2]

  1. "Oh Happy Day"
  2. "The Last Thing on My Mind"
  3. "I Shall Be Released"
  4. Story about how the Federal Marshals came to take David Harris into custody
  5. "No Expectations"
  6. "Joe Hill"
  7. "Sweet Sir Galahad"
  8. "Hickory Wind"
  9. "Drug Store Truck Driving Man" duet with Jeffrey Shurtleff
  10. "I Live One Day at a Time"
  11. "Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South"
  12. "Let Me Wrap You In My Warm and Tender Love"
  13. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
  14. "We Shall Overcome"

Saturday, August 16 to Sunday, August 17[edit]

The day opened at 1:20 pm, and featured some of the event's biggest psychedelic and guitar rock headliners.


12:15pm – 12:45pm

  1. "They Live the Life"
  2. "That's How I Eat"
  3. "Driftin'"
  4. "Waitin' for You"

Country Joe McDonald[edit]

1:00pm – 1:30pm

  1. "Janis"
  2. "Donovan's Reef"
  3. "Heartaches by the Number"
  4. "Ring of Fire"
  5. "Tennessee Stud"
  6. "Rockin' Round the World"
  7. "Flyin' High"
  8. "I Seen a Rocket"
  9. "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"


2:00pm – 2:45pm

  1. "Waiting"
  2. "Evil Ways"
  3. "You Just Don't Care"
  4. "Savor"
  5. "Jingo"
  6. "Persuasion"
  7. "Soul Sacrifice"
  8. "Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries"

John B. Sebastian[edit]

3:30pm – 3:55pm

  1. "How Have You Been"
  2. "Rainbows All Over Your Blues"
  3. "I Had a Dream"
  4. "Darlin' Be Home Soon"
  5. "Younger Generation"

Keef Hartley Band[edit]

4:45pm – 5:30pm

  1. "Spanish Fly"
  2. "She's Gone"
  3. "Too Much Thinkin'"
  4. "Believe in You"
  5. "Rock Me Baby"
  6. "Sinnin' for You / Leaving Trunk / Just to Cry / Sinnin' for You"

The Incredible String Band[edit]

6:00pm – 6:30pm

  1. "Invocation"
  2. "The Letter"
  3. "Gather 'Round"
  4. "This Moment"
  5. "Come with Me"
  6. "When You Find Out Who You Are"

Canned Heat[edit]

7:30pm – 8:30pm

  1. "I'm Her Man"
  2. "Going Up the Country"
  3. "A Change Is Gonna Come / Leaving This Town"
  4. "Too Many Drivers at the Wheel"
  5. "I Know My Baby"
  6. "Woodstock Boogie"
  7. "On the Road Again"


9:00pm – 10:00pm

  1. "Blood of the Sun"
  2. "Stormy Monday"
  3. "Theme for an Imaginary Western"
  4. "Long Red"
  5. "For Yasgur's Farm" (song was untitled at the time)
  6. "Beside the Sea"
  7. "Waiting to Take You Away"
  8. "Dreams of Milk and Honey / Guitar Solo"
  9. "Blind Man"
  10. "Dirty Shoes Blues"
  11. "Southbound Train"

Grateful Dead[edit]

10:30pm – 12:05am[nb 3]

  1. "St. Stephen"
  2. "Mama Tried"
  3. "Dark Star"
  4. "High Time"
  5. "Turn on Your Love Light"

Creedence Clearwater Revival[edit]

12:30am – 1:20am

  1. "Born on the Bayou"
  2. "Green River"
  3. "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)"
  4. "Commotion"
  5. "Bootleg"
  6. "Bad Moon Rising"
  7. "Proud Mary"
  8. "I Put a Spell on You"
  9. "Night Time Is the Right Time"
  10. "Keep on Chooglin'"
  11. "Susie Q"

Janis Joplin[edit]

with The Kozmic Blues Band
2:00am – 3:00am[5]

  1. "Raise Your Hand"
  2. "As Good As You've Been to This World"
  3. "To Love Somebody"
  4. "Summertime"
  5. "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)"
  6. "Kozmic Blues"
  7. "Can't Turn You Loose"
  8. "Work Me, Lord"
  9. "Piece of My Heart"
  10. "Ball 'n' Chain"

Sly & the Family Stone[edit]

3:30am – 4:20am

  1. "M'Lady"
  2. "Sing a Simple Song"
  3. "You Can Make It If You Try"
  4. "Everyday People"
  5. "Dance To The Music"
  6. "Music Lover"
  7. "I Want to Take You Higher"
  8. "Love City"
  9. "Stand!"

The Who[edit]

5:00am – 6:05am kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy

  1. "Heaven and Hell"
  2. "I Can't Explain"
  3. "It's a Boy"
  4. "1921"
  5. "Amazing Journey"
  6. "Sparks"
  7. "Eyesight to the Blind"
  8. "Christmas"
  9. "Acid Queen"
  10. "Pinball Wizard" (followed by Abbie Hoffman incident)
  11. "Do You Think It's Alright?"
  12. "Fiddle About"
  13. "There's a Doctor"
  14. "Go to the Mirror"
  15. "Smash the Mirror"
  16. "I'm Free"
  17. "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
  18. "We're Not Gonna Take It"
  19. "See Me, Feel Me"
  20. "Summertime Blues"
  21. "Shakin' All Over"
  22. "My Generation" (shortened version)
  23. "Naked Eye" (instrumental finale only)

Jefferson Airplane[edit]

8:00am – 9:40am

  1. "The Other Side of This Life"
  2. "Somebody to Love"
  3. "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds"
  4. "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon"
  5. "Eskimo Blue Day"
  6. "Plastic Fantastic Lover"
  7. "Wooden Ships"
  8. "Uncle Sam Blues"
  9. "Volunteers"
  10. "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil"
  11. "Come Back Baby"
  12. "White Rabbit"
  13. "The House at Pooneil Corners"

Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18[edit]

Joe Cocker was the first act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day's events at 2 PM. His set was preceded by at least two instrumentals by The Grease Band.

Joe Cocker[edit]

2:00pm – 3:25pm

  1. "Dear Landlord"
  2. "Something Comin' On"
  3. "Do I Still Figure in Your Life"
  4. "Feelin' Alright"
  5. "Just Like a Woman"
  6. "Let's Go Get Stoned"
  7. "I Don't Need a Doctor"
  8. "I Shall Be Released"
  9. "Hitchcock Railway"
  10. "Something to Say"
  11. "With a Little Help from My Friends"
  • After Joe Cocker's set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for several hours.

Country Joe and the Fish[edit]

6:30pm – 8:00pm

  1. "Rock & Soul Music"
  2. "(Thing Called) Love"
  3. "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine"
  4. "Sing, Sing, Sing"
  5. "Summer Dresses"
  6. "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife"
  7. "Silver and Gold"
  8. "Maria"
  9. "Love Machine"
  10. "Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm a Nut)"
  11. "Short Jam (instrumental)"
  12. "Crystal Blues"
  13. "Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)"
  14. "The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag"

Ten Years After[edit]

8:15pm – 9:15pm

  1. "Spoonful"
  2. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"
  3. "Hobbit"
  4. "I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes"
  5. "Help Me"
  6. "I'm Going Home"

The Band[edit]

10:00pm – 10:50pm

  1. "Chest Fever"
  2. "Don't Do It"
  3. "Tears of Rage"
  4. "We Can Talk"
  5. "Long Black Veil"
  6. "Don't You Tell Henry"
  7. "Ain't No More Cane"
  8. "This Wheel's on Fire"
  9. "I Shall Be Released"
  10. "The Weight"
  11. "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"

Johnny Winter[edit]

12:00am – 1:05am featuring his brother, Edgar Winter, on three songs.

  1. "Mama, Talk to Your Daughter"
  2. "Leland Mississippi Blues"
  3. "Mean Town Blues"
  4. "You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now" / "Mean Mistreater"
  5. "I Can't Stand It" (with Edgar Winter)
  6. "Tobacco Road" (with Edgar Winter)
  7. "Tell the Truth" (with Edgar Winter)
  8. "Johnny B. Goode"

Blood, Sweat & Tears[edit]

1:30am – 2:30am

  1. "More and More"
  2. "Just One Smile"
  3. "Something's Coming On"
  4. "More Than You'll Ever Know"
  5. "Spinning Wheel"
  6. "Sometimes in Winter"
  7. "Smiling Phases"
  8. "God Bless the Child"
  9. "I Stand Accused"
  10. "And When I Die"
  11. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young[edit]

3:00am – 4:00am with separate acoustic and electric sets. Chip Monck announced the act as "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young", but the name Young was dropped from the movie and film soundtrack for the performance of "Suite Judy Blue Eyes".

  • Acoustic Set
  1. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
  2. "Blackbird"
  3. "Helplessly Hoping"
  4. "Guinnevere"
  5. "Marrakesh Express"
  6. "4 + 20"
  7. "Mr. Soul"
  8. "Wonderin'"
  9. "You Don't Have to Cry"
  • Electric Set
  1. "Pre-Road Downs"
  2. "Long Time Gone"
  3. "Bluebird"
  4. "Sea of Madness"
  5. "Wooden Ships"
  • Acoustic Encores
  1. "Find the Cost of Freedom"
  2. "49 Bye-Byes"

Neil Young skipped most of the acoustic set (the exceptions being his compositions "Mr. Soul" and "Wonderin'") and joined Crosby, Stills & Nash during the electric set, but refused to be filmed; by his own report, Young felt the filming was distracting both performers and audience from the music. Despite his refusal, footage does exist of him performing "Mr. Soul" and "Long Time Gone." The "Mr. Soul" performance can be found as an Easter Egg on his Archives 1963-1972 DVD box set, however because of his resistance to being filmed during much of the performance the camera remains focused on Stills. Young's "Sea of Madness," heard on the album, was drawn from the Fillmore East concert, one month after the festival. The original recording was later restored on the six-CD boxed set Woodstock: 40 Years On [Back To Yasgur's Farm]

Paul Butterfield Blues Band[edit]

6:00am – 6:45am

  1. "Born Under a Bad Sign"
  2. "No Amount of Loving"
  3. "Driftin'"
  4. "Morning Sunrise"
  5. "All in a Day"
  6. "Love March"
  7. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Note: this exact set list exists in an album called "Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Live In White Lake, N.Y. 8/18/69 (Recorded At The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. This included "Born Under a Bad Sign".

Sha Na Na[edit]

7:30am - 8:00am

  1. "Get a Job"
  2. "Come Go with Me"
  3. "Silhouettes"
  4. "Teen Angel"
  5. "Jailhouse Rock"
  6. "Wipe Out"
  7. "Blue Moon"
  8. "(Who Wrote) The Book of Love"
  9. "Little Darlin'"
  10. "At the Hop"
  11. "Duke of Earl"
  12. "Get a Job (Reprise)"

Jimi Hendrix[edit]

9:00am – 11:10am
After being introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix corrected the new group's name to "Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, for short it's nothin' but a band of gypsies." Later during the set he introduced them as "Sky Church."

  1. "Message to Love"
  2. "Hear My Train A Comin'"
  3. "Spanish Castle Magic"
  4. "Red House" (Hendrix's high E-string broke while playing, but he played the rest of the song with five strings.)
  5. "Mastermind" (written and sung by Larry Lee)
  6. "Lover Man"
  7. "Foxy Lady"
  8. "Jam Back at the House"
  9. "Izabella"
  10. "Gypsy Woman"/"Aware of Love" (These two songs written by Curtis Mayfield were sung by Larry Lee as a medley)
  11. "Fire"
  12. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"/"Stepping Stone"
  13. "The Star-Spangled Banner"
  14. "Purple Haze"
  15. "Woodstock Improvisation"/"Villanova Junction" (both titles are posthumous)
  • Encore :
  1. "Hey Joe"


  1. ^ .While some sources list "Day Song" as being played, as of now, there is only a very short excerpt recording of it that might be from Woodstock. As per Nancy Nevins, Sweetwater did not end the set with "Day Song".
  2. ^ Joan Baez was six months pregnant at the time of the festival.
  3. ^ The Grateful Dead set was cut short after the stage amps overloaded during "Turn On Your Love Light".


  1. ^ "50 Moments That Changed Rock and Roll: Otis and Jimi Burn it Up". Rolling Stone.
  2. ^ "Woodstock in 1969". Rolling Stone. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  3. ^ "The Woodstock '69 Lineup". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  4. ^ Baez Source: Arthur Levy, annotator of the expanded editions of the 12 Joan Baez CDs on Vanguard
  5. ^ "Janis Joplin entry". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2008-10-03.