After not going to a concert for a while and not acting on my Woodstock Quest for a while, I decided that I needed to get out and try to rectify the situation. I read the Village Voice to see what’s happening in New York each week. I saw that Paul Motian Trio 2000 +2 was playing the Village Vanguard, so I decided to go. I caught the late show (11 PM) on the Saturday, November 28th which occurred during the Thanksgiving weekend.
I drove into the City and found street parking (a bonus) and walked to the iconic jazz club, the Village Vanguard. I had never been there before and did not know what to expect. I got into the club and was seated near the front of the stage. I got up to go to the bathroom and passed what served as a dressing room. As…Read more >
It was August and musicians performed at Woodstock were not scheduled to appear in the New York area. Therefore, in order to add signatures to my poster, I figured that I would try the mail.
My friend Gary used the mail successfully in obtaining Joe Cocker's autograph when I was in the hospital. Therefore, I had some confidence; however, I wanted an assurance that whomever I sent my poster to would be kind enough to return it. Utilizing my research, I emailed several performers and I received a response from Keef Hartley.
Keef Hartley, the leader of the Keef Hartley Band, was a British drummer, now retired. I had just read his self-published autobiography which I ordered from his website because it was autographed and contained information o…Read more >
My Woodstock quest has brought me to some interesting places and the most recent stop brought me to my past. Well, sort of. My grandfather, Abraham Knapp, was a theatrical stage hand who, in one of his last jobs before he died in 1973, operated the lights for the original Broadway run of the musical, "Hair". One of the cast members was Bert Sommer (he played "Woof"). While he was in "Hair", Bert Sommer was signed to Capital Records and started recording his debut record which was produced by Artie Kornfeld, the same Artie Kornfeld who produced the Woodstock festival.
When his musical career took off, Bert Sommer stopped working with my grandfather (If only I started my quest then) and played Woodstock. He was joined by Ira Stone on guitar a…Read more >
This Woodstock quest that I am on has taken me to some strange places both geographically and musically The latest destination was to see Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead playing in a trio with Scott Murawski (guitar, vocals - of Max Creek ) and Oteil Burbridge (bass, vocals of the Allman Brothers Band) took me to both. I like the Dead; however, I don't know that I would be making an effort to see one of their former drummers in concert if it wasn't for my quest to obtain the signatures of every living person who performed at Woodstock. Also, I don't know that I would be doing this aboard a ship that usually serves to take romantic dinner dance cruises along the Hudosn River. I especially wouldn't have taken such a cruise with my frien…Read more >
On Friday, May 30, 2008, I returned to the Turning Point in Piermont, NY to see Richie Havens. I had seen the folk legend in the Woodstock movie and had heard some of his music; however, I hadn't had the pleasure of experiencing him. therefore, I was curious. Also, the poster that I originally purchased already had his already afixed to it in pencil - and due to handling the signature was starting to rub. Therefore, I also wanted to re-obtain his signature.
He played two shows that night and I opted to attend the late show. He played about 90 minutes. I was unfamiliar with most of his material, but he played about a dozen songs during his set. He was accompanied by Walter Parks on guitar and Stephanie Winters ..o. On speaking with Mr. Haven…Read more >