Announcing an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock is a marketing dream. I mean, it’s groovy, right? We can encourage you to wear fun throwback items like love beads, bell bottoms, and bandanas. We can refer to all of the great things that happened 50 years ago (did you know that Grateful Dead’s set was cut short at Woodstock when they overloaded stage amps during Turn On Your Love Light?!) And speaking of stage amps, let’s talk about the music. On Saturday, July 13, the Madison Chamber of Commerce is hosting the band Back to the Garden 1969, The Woodstock Experience, on the Madison Green.

The band features music of Crosby Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, CCR, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, The Band, Canned Heat, Arlo Guthrie, Melanie, Janis Joplin, Country Joe and The Fish, The Grateful Dead, Mountain, Tim Hardin, Ten Years After, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

And while the evening of peace, love, and rock and roll will be the finest end to a night, the fun doesn’t start there.

During the day, Art Vibe will host its Woodstock Experience Art Vibe show on the Green, which promises to showcase talent from emerging and student artists from across the northeast. Rain or shine, the event will also be flanked by food trucks, live music performances throughout the day, yard games, and more. So, start making your plans now to spend the whole day and evening on the Madison Green!

The Chamber is currently seeking sponsors for this great event, so if you’re interested, email It’d be far out.

Either way, July 13. Art Vibe show opens at 1, Back to the Garden starts at 7pm. Be there or be square.