Paul Green School of Rock celebrated Woodstock’s 40th anniversary at the Somerville Armory Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
~Photos by Mike Rubin

By Mike Rubin

Turn
back the clock 40 years, and the spirit of Woodstock, of Peace Love and
Happiness, filled the summer time air in the heart of Somerville. To
honor the historic event that changed the face of Rock and Roll, the
Paul Green School of Rock celebrated Woodstock's 40th anniversary at
the Somerville Armory Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

"It's
great that we got so many people to help out and to contribute," said
School of Rock General Manager and Event Organizer Anderson Mar. "We're
very grateful that we had the vendors come out, donate their time for a
great cause. The bands were just fantastic, and it was a total success."

On
a picture perfect day, nearly 200 people turned out to see memorable
performances by such novelty acts as the Paul Green School of Rock's
Show Team, which played several stunning renditions of Janis Joplin
classics, Jimi Hendrix renditions and Richie Havens folk motifs. Also
performing were contemporary artists Eluding Gravity along with the
School of Rock Adult Show Team, which also played several songs based
on the Woodstock theme.

Another band that also fared
impressive throughout the afternoon was Right Red Reason, a teenage
trio based out of Medford, along with The Brooklyns and Beatles tribute
band BeatleTracks.

The genres of music based on nu-metal, to
country blues to traditional classic rock. After a long, but
enthusiastic afternoon of music, Beatletracks finished out the event in
fine form, with some stunning rare 60s classics. Using a combination of
solid hooks and harmonies, the quintet captured the true sound of
Woodstock.

Even as temperatures soared into the 90's throughout
the afternoon, many music enthusiasts managed to keep cool while
listening to a wide variety of artists.

"It was a great day, and
so many people put the work into making this happen," said Mar.
"Everyone really did a great job between the planning and the selling
of tickets. We saw some new faces and we're hoping we can increase the
awareness as well as our number of students by the end of the year. It
was great to see some old faces and some new ones as well, and we're
doing what we can do to let people know who we are. We had a lot of the
parents come out, and support the kids, and it was just a great sight
to see."

 

 

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