BRISTOL - The Bristol Public Library is kicking off a host of rock themed summer programming with a tribute to the most famous rock concert of all time, Woodstock, June 1.
The free concert, “A Trip on the Train to Woodstock,” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the lower level of the library at 5 High St. CJ West and the Downtown Train will perform a two-hour set featuring music from the 1969 festival, including songs by The Who; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and Richie Havens. A vintage Volkswagen bus will be at the library that day.
Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library for the Woodstock event.
“The band is headed by Christine West, whose band plays all over Connecticut,” said Scott Stanton, programming and public relations manager at the library. “This year they are playing a lot of shows at libraries.”
Stanton said the library holds a monthly concert series and that there have been more than 60 concerts in the past five years. This year’s rock themed programming is intended to coincide with the American Library Association’s summer reading program, the theme of which for this year is “Libraries Rock.” Those who attend the Woodstock program can also sign up for the summer reading program and get raffle tickets for prizes.
“People are encouraged to show up in costume and anyone who shows up in costume will get extra raffle tickets,” said Stanton. “Tickets will also be given out for coming to our other events and for checking out a certain amount of books.”
The following programs have also been announced:
n On June 21, the library will hold a Summer Solstice concert with the “Nosmo Kings,” at 6:30 p.m. The band will play the hit music of The Beatles, the Eagles and Bob Dylan.
n On July 19 at 1 p.m., the library will be hosting a tie dye day.
n The Library will host “Airborne Trio” July 24, who will perform hits from Motown.
n On Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m., the library will hold a “Rockin’ Reels” program during which Stanton said they would be showing “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll movies of all time” including “This Is Spinal Tap.”
n On Aug. 16, “Caribbean Vibe”, which features steel drum music, will entertain at 6:30 p.m. with “The Music of the Islands.” The summer reading raffle prizes will also be awarded this day. Stanton noted that Caribbean Vibe once performed on the Wendy Williams show.
“These are all first class bands and like all library programs these shows are free,” said Stanton. “The library remains committed to proving free entertainment and cultural programs for the community.”
To RSVP to Woodstock program, visit the library, visit bristollib.com or call 860-584-7787, EXT. 2023.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.