City of Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques announced the line-up for the free 2020 Woodstock Summer Concert Series. The Woodstock Summer Concert Series is a free event presented by City of Woodstock, Carriage Kia Woodstock, and Woodstock Parks and Recreation. Opening acts begin at 7:30 p.m. and headliners take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The event is rain or shine.
The 2020 season opens at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater on Saturday, May 9th with The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel who played an unseen role in the 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Martel contributed vocal recordings that were used alongside Queen master tapes of Freddie Mercury for actor Rami Malek’s singing scenes in the movie. The Ultimate Queen Celebration is an explosive, attention-commanding tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with a theatrical, eye-popping performance.
On Saturday, June 13th, Rumours will take Woodstock by storm with their authentic recreation of a live Fleetwood Mac show. Rumours will make you believe in miracles and the way of magic once again.
Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross takes the stage on Saturday, July 11th. Cross won five Grammy Awards with his self-titled debut album including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for the single “Sailing” as well as Best New Artist. He later won an Oscar for Best Original Song “Arthur’s Theme.” Now more than thirty years into his career, Cross has released a new album, Take Me As I Am, that evokes the artistry of mentors like Joni Mitchell.
On Saturday, August 8th, Steep Canyon Rangers will perform. These Grammy winners from Asheville, North Carolina are frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. While it’s not likely Steve Martin will be with them in Downtown Woodstock, these perennial bluegrass Billboard chart-toppers will be a hit either way.
On Saturday, September 12th, The Black Jacket Symphony will recreate the classic album “Hotel California” live in its entirety – note for note, sound for sound – plus a full set of hits from The Eagles. Over the past decade, The Black Jacket Symphony has performed over 35 classic rock albums. The group of hand-picked musicians changes based on the album being performed and no sonic detail is overlooked. The last show of the 2020 concert series will be a night of rock and roll magic in Downtown Woodstock.
There are a few updates to concert series rules this year. No plastic sheets, blankets, towels, or tarps will be allowed. All tables are prohibited this year. Chairs will not be allowed in the park until after 6 a.m. on the Friday before the concert.
Woodstock Parks and Recreation Director Michael Huffstetler explained,
“Chair set up is allowed prior to the concert in order to ease the flow of attendees into the park. Setting up chairs before the allowed time impedes park use and maintenance and hinders event production.” Huffstetler continued, “Council and staff feel it is necessary to disallow blankets and tables to protect the amphitheater lawn and reduce hazards for attendees.”
There are food and beverage vendors on site and dozens of great restaurants within steps of the amphitheater, but attendees may bring small coolers of food and drinks. There is a children’s area near the gazebo in the upper level of the park with face painting, balloon animals, and inflatables.
Public parking is available at Chattahoochee Technical College, at City Center, and in smaller public parking lots and on-street parking in Downtown Woodstock. Free shuttles run before and after each concert beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m. from three locations: Northside Cherokee/Towne Lake, Woodstock City Church, and Little River Elementary School.
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