As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Woodstock has announced a number of changes to its annual Woodstock Summer Concert Series.
Initially slated to begin this weekend, the series of concerts will instead begin on July 31, due to artist cancellations and protective measures being taken due to the virus. Christopher Cross, who was scheduled to play the July 11 show as part of his 40th Anniversary Tour, has canceled both his stop in Woodstock and all other scheduled tour dates due to complications following his diagnosis of COVID-19.
“We are hoping to schedule Christopher Cross for one of the dates of the 2021 Woodstock Summer Concert Series,” City Manager Jeff Moon said in a news release. “A lot of people were looking forward to seeing Christopher Cross perform in Woodstock. We wish him well with his continued recovery.”
With Cross’s show being canceled, the new schedule for the concert series is as follows:
July 31 — The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel. Martel played an unseen role in the 2018 biopic film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” contributing vocal recording that were used alongside master tapes of Freddie Mercury for actor Rami Malek’s singing scenes in the movie. The Ultimate Queen Celebration is an explosive, attention-commanding tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with a theatrical, eye-popping performance.
August 8 — Steep Canyon Rangers. These Grammy winners from Asheville, North Carolina are frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin.
September 12 — The Black Jacket Symphony. Along with a full set of hits from The Eagles, the Black Jacket Symphony will recreate the classic album “Hotel California” live in its entirety — note for note, sound for sound. Over the past decade, The Black Jacket Symphony has performed more than 35 classic rock albums, with the group of hand-picked musicians changes based on the album being performed and no sonic detail being overlooked.
October 30 — Rumours. Taking the city by storm with their authentic recreation of a live Fleetwood Mac show, Rumours will make its audience believe in miracles and the way of magic once again.
Details for the fifth concert in the series will be announced when they are available.
In addition to changes to the schedule, there are few updates to the rules being put in place this year. For example, all tables are prohibited, and plastic sheets, blankets, towels and tarps will not be allowed. Chairs will not be allowed in the park until after 6 a.m. on the day before the concert.
Despite the changes, some things will remain the same as they have in the past. Food and beverage vendors will be on site and dozens of restaurants are located within steps of the amphitheater, but attendees may bring small coolers of food and drinks to events. There will be a children’s area near the gazebo in the upper level of the park, including face painting, balloon animals and inflatables. Taking place rain or shine, opening acts begin at 7:30 p.m., with headliners taking the stage at 8:30.
For full details on the Woodstock Summer Concert Series, including sponsorship information, visit woodstockconcertseries.com.