Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind Band

As the Vintage Band Festival 2010 approaches, it occurs to me that the Aug. 5-8 event is in some ways like a mash-up of Woodstock and "The Music Man."  Thousands of concertgoers are expected to flock to the historic river town of Northfield to peacefully celebrate a love of music in an outdoor setting.  Instead of rocking to Creedence Clearwater Revival, though, they will be enjoying a revival of band music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Some bands will play music from the late 1800s and early 1900s, when my great-grandfather, G. Oliver Riggs was a soloist and bandleader.

The festivals aren’t so different, when you think about it.  Consider these comparisons between the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival and the 2010 Vintage Band Festival:

                        Woodstock                       Vintage Band Festival
Date:             Aug. 15-18, 1969                Aug. 5-8, 2010
Attendees:     400,000                              12,000+ expected
Performers:   32 acts                                25 bands playing 100 concerts
Venue:           dairy farm                           city of Cows, Colleges, Contentment
Theme:          social harmony                   musical harmonies and melodies
U.S. troops:  in Vietnam                          in Iraq and Afghanistan
Bohemian:     clothing                               wind band
Extras:           drugs, nudity, dancing      vintage baseball game, dancing
Free:               love                                       admission
Bob Dylan:    didn’t perform                   not expected to perform
More info:      1970 documentary            festival website.

Anyone else want to take a stab at coining a phrase for this music festival comparison, besides The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind Band?  I'll give you another one to get you started: The Tunes, They Are a Changin.' 

Bonus points for incorporating more lyrics by Minnesota native and vintage rocker Bob Dylan.

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