Were you at the 29th annual Woodstock Folk Festival on the green in Woodstock (duh) last Sunday, July 20? If not, you missed a classic great time, but this year with good weather. The tradition of stifling heat was broken this year, which may have contributed to the huge crowd that covered the green. Anybody who's anybody was in attendance (even some of us who are basically nobody).
Among those seen in the crowd were local concert producers Paul Zimmerman (Maple Street Chapel), Dave Humphrey (Two Way Street Coffee House), Jim Craig (Hogeye) Betsy Ducote (Highland Avenue Coffee House), Randy Styka (Acoustic Rennaisance) and Juel Ulven (Fox Valley Folk Festival. Media giants in attendance, besides "Folkstage" host and concert moderator Rich Warren, were WDCB's Lilli Kuzma, and WNUR's Sue Kessel. Performers on a busman's holiday were Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes, Lee Murdock, Merv Collins, Norm Siegel, and Jim Craig (he wears many hats). My apologies to all those I know I have missed. Of course, Chicago folk music house mother Ethel Polk was there enjoying the music - or it wouldn't have been a Woodstock Folk Festival.
Congratulations to this year's lifetime achievement awardee, Andrew Calhoun. Andrew is a singer, songwriter, musician, president of Waterbug Records, and one of our great students of folk music history. Being that Andrew is so young, we expect in a decade or two, he will return for Andrew's greatest hits, volume 2.
The slide show here included, consists of photos shot by your humble Chicago Folk Music Examiner, who seldom left his spot on the lawn. A 14-1 zoom lens is a wonderful thing. Hopefully they are mostly in focus. Sorry, but our compouter decided to eat the picture of Amy Black.
Enjoy the slide show, and we'll see you all at Fox Valley Labor Day weekend - if not before (like at the Stained Glass Coffeehouse extravaganza August 16).