Break out the tie-dye shirts and peace signs: It’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, and New Hampshire is digging it.
Across the globe people are time tripping back to 1969, when a half million people swarmed a dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., for a heady weekend of concerts and counterculture. They came for peace, love and music but also encountered logistical hurdles, controversy and lots and lots of mud.
As the half-century anniversary of the seminal music festival neared, plans to undertake Woodstock 50 in upstate New York and then Columbia, Md., with big names like Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper and Halsey, also got mired in the muck.
But good tunes and goodwill can be found in the Granite State this weekend, both on the ground and overhead.
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce’s annual Festival of Fireworks fundraiser is getting a groovy makeover. Atlas PyroVision has choreographed all the booms and bursts to music by the legendary artists who played Woodstock back in the day. The overhead spectacle will take place Saturday at Jaffrey Silver Ranch Airpark, 190 Turnpike Road. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., with SOWA Entertainment providing music and food vendors on site.
But be forewarned: You may bring a free spirit, but leave the alcohol at home and refrain from tossing cigarette butts on the ground.
Tickets are $8 per person, $50 per car and $30 per motorcycle. For more information, visit jaffreyfireworks.com or call 532-4549.
Another way to experience — or relive — the sounds of Woodstock is on the big screen.
Fathom Events is partnering with Warner Bros. to bring “Woodstock: The Director’s Cut” of Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning documentary to movie theaters nationwide, including a 7 p.m. airing today at Regal Fox Run Stadium, 45 Gosling Road, Newington. This expanded version of the documentary clocks in at 3 hours and 44 minutes, but there will be a 5-minute intermission after two hours and eight minutes.
The movie spotlights 30 musical performances, including some not featured in the original screening, including Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.
Tickets are $12.50. For tickets, go to fathomevents.com.
In Manchester, Woodstock’s lasting impression as a music festival and mirror of both pop culture and community activism inspired the Old Sol Alliance’s More than Music Festival. To take place today through Sunday, the Queen City festival is a grassroots mission to combine music and service and environmentally friendly projects, such as collecting and packaging food for families in need.
A 7 p.m. concert by Pete Francis of the roots-rock band Dispatch will take place today at Veteran’s Memorial Park, as part of Intown Manchester’s TD Bank Summerfest 2019. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, will screen the original Woodstock documentary at 7 p.m. Saturday ($10). To Share Brewing Co., 720 Union St., will be spinning Woodstock-related vinyl from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.