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 32,000 people.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...