By: David M. Higgins II
Columbia, MD- The organizers of Woodstock 50 are moving. The troubled 50-year anniversary concert is moving from upstate New York to Merriweather Post Pavilion per a report by Bloomberg and just announced at a local mall in Columbia.
“When we heard that there was an opportunity to save this festival and bring a piece of American history to our community this summer, we jumped at the chance,” Calvin Ball, the executive with Howard County, wrote in a note to Greg Peck, one of the organizers. “Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation. It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage.”
Woodstock 50 will change things up a bit and is now billed as a benefit concert for nonprofits devoted to voter turnout and climate change. Some of the proceeds from the tickets will go to Headcount, a company that works with voter registration and other causes. They are pitching the concert a “Woodstock 50 Washington”.
Organizers aim to charge $129 to $595 for one-day passes to the event, according to current plans. And they’ve circulated a marketing plan that includes emails to more than 800,000 people, billboards across Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia, and a full-page ad in local newspapers.
The 50th Anniversary concert will take place Aug. 16 through 18 and the venue should be able to accommodate about 19,315