On August 9, at 7 p.m., join Weston Blelock, author of Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock,” for a talk and book signing at the Inquiring Mind Bookstore and Cafe. Blelock will discuss the events—including the Sound-Out Music Festivals in Saugerties—that inspired Michael Lang’s Woodstock Festival of 1969. Also on the bill are FishCastle, a lively folk duo—Cyril Caster and Catherine Selin, from Landenberg, PA. Caster is a past producer of the Sound-Outs and has played and recorded with Big Joe Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Elvin Jones, Pete Seeger, David Blue and Nico. His singing partner, Catherine has performed with numerous choirs here and abroad. In 2006 she won the Virginia Harp Center Challenge for composition. The group play multiple instruments and are known for their diverse sound. Fans liken their music to the sounds of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison and Neil Young. The Inquiring Mind Bookstore is at the corner of Partition and Main Streets in Saugerties. The event is free and open to the public. For more info call 845-246-5775, visit www.woodstockarts.com or link to FishCastle Music on Facebook.
Saturday, July 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY: WoodstockArts in association with The Golden Notebook will host a brief presentation celebrating the newly published Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. This will be followed by a contemporary Sound-Out, with special music guest Naked. The event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. It is one of this summer’s Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts 40th anniversary Woodstock festival tie-ins (40 events 4 the 40th).