Davis, OK (PressExposure) June 20, 2009 -- Woodstock is turning 40 this year, and one of the premiere commemorative festivals this summer will be in Americaâs heartland, near Davis, Oklahoma.
WoodFest Productions LLC, headed by Dave Weisser, will produce a 3-day outdoor event titled WoodFest â09 in association with Musicians and Fine Artists for World Peace (MFAWP) at the 60-acre Washita Hideaway from August 14-16, 2009, a weekend which matches that of the original and legendary Woodstock concert in New York forty years ago.
Weisser, who hails from Broken Arrow, OK, says the event will present the best of todayâs tribute bands immortalizing key artists of the â60s era such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Stevie Nicks.
"Simply put, Woodstock was the best concert of all time and so much more. The government had so completely alienated the youth, and through some magic combination of events, that shared alienation became the very center of a whole new movement, truly of-, by- and for the people," says Weisser. ([http://www.woodfest09.com])
The difference with this event, Weisser says, is that this time itâs for the kids. The WoodFest â09 team has set a goal to raise $100,000 for childrenâs charities, via ticket sales and sponsorships. Currently on board are Brookside Studios and Media Development, and Geek Rescue.
The association between WoodFest â09 and MFAWP was initiated by a flower child in Hollywood, consultant/writer Suzanne J. Graeber. Following finalization of the association with Woodfest â09, MFAWP founder Alan Moore said, âWoodstock was a statement to the world that humanity had evolved and was coming together through peace, love and spirituality. It is beautiful that an event whose original intent was to make money became the largest free festival in history."
Moore confirms that in addition to top tribute bands, the festival will also feature appearances by some of the 3000+ members of MFAWP (http://www.myspace.com/Musiciansforpeace). Most notably, singer/songwriter Essra Mohawk, who was connected with the original Woodstock, who sang with The Jerry Garcia Band, and who was the first woman in Frank Zappaâs Mothers of Invention. Additional artists are still being invited to the event, and will be announced on the organizationsâ respective websites as they are confirmed.
Mohawk shared, âIâm really looking forward to WoodFest â09! Itâs time to bring back that peace-loving spirit that was born in the glorious â60s; itâs time to manifest the dream we all shared then. There is no better time than now to bring music, art and peace to children and people of all ages who are hungry for a better, kinder world. Music has the power to move the world, open hearts and lift spirits, and thatâs exactly whatâs going to happen at WoodFest in Oklahoma on August 14-16, 2009.â (http://www.essramohawk.com)
Moore, who also founded the Butterfly Gardeners Association in 1993, will conduct a commemorative Butterfly Release at WoodFest â09, as he did in 1997 at the Woodstock Reunion in Bethel, New York. Moore promotes butterflies as messengers of peace and harmony, and utilizes them as peace education tools for children. Moore has conducted numerous symbolic butterfly releases, most recently last November, when he and conceptual artist Daniel Dancer of Oregon turned two hundred kids at Presidio Middle School, SF, into a Mission Blue butterfly in the school courtyard as part of a living painting.
"What was called 'flower power' back then is evolving into 'butterfly power' now and being embraced by even more people than embraced the peace and love generation of the â60s," says Moore. "When Joni Mitchell wrote the lyrics to her Woodstock song, 'By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong and everywhere was song and celebration. And I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky, turning into butterflies above our nation,â it was more than inspirational, it was truly prophetic," Moore adds.
WoodFest â09 will also feature exhibits that promote the Green movement and Environmental Awareness. Tickets sales info and event details are available on the WoodFest â09 website after June 16th, 2009.
Event Details: WoodFest â09 Music & Arts Festival August 14-16, 2009 The Washita Hideaway Davis, Oklahoma I-35 (exit 51) and Hwy 77, NE corner Website & Ticket info: [http://www.woodfest09.com]
Event Contacts: Dave Weisser Executive Producer WoodFest â09 Woodfest Productions, LLC 918.994.7404 ([http://www.woodfest09.com])
Alan Moore Founder & Director Musicians & Fine Artists for World Peace 415-424-7238 http://www.butterflyspirit.org