As Bibb county enjoyed the first actual cool-ish weather of the year on Saturday, October 12th, a crowd poured into Holiday Raceway in Woodstock. They didn’t show up for fast cars, but good music instead.
Started three years ago, the Woodstock Music Festival takes inspiration from the iconic festival of 1969, where thousands of fans showed up to an impromptu concert in a field in upstate New York, in a town called Woodstock. Woodstock, Alabama, has for three years now drawn fans from across the state as they continue to up their game every year. For this 3rd Annual iteration, the Kentucky Headhunters closed out the night as the event headliners.
Woodstock Mayor Jeff Dodson not only helped to organize the event, but performed in it as well, fronting The Dodson Brothers’ Band. “I can’t complain,” Dodson said of the day, “This is what it’s supposed to be. It’s been great. Great turnout, great music, lots of fun!”
I found County Commissioner Keefe Burt enjoying the music side-stage. “I’m pretty tired, but it’s a good time. I had to work until this afternoon, and didn’t get here until later. But, I haven’t been disappointed so far. It’s good stuff,” Burt said.
Not able to get there until after dark myself, I didn’t get to see many of the acts. Those I did see were great, and sounded great as well thanks to Elite Productions. As someone who’s been to a few outdoor festivals I can attest that this was exceptional sound quality.
Even the acts themselves seemed to enjoy the festival. As they wrapped up the evening at 11:45, Kentucky Headhunter’s Richard Young thanked the audience and said, “Everyone should thank the people who organized this, put up the money, and did so much work to make this happen.”
Acts also included Channing Wilson and the Georgia Thunderbolts, seen in the photo rotation below, in addition to several other bands, listed on the event poster at bottom.