Festival Site To Be Woodstock Legend Richie Havens’ Final Resting Place
The man who opened the legendary Wooodstock Festival will have the festival site as his final resting place. Richie Havens passed away on April 22, at the age of 72.
His ashes will reportedly be scattered at Max Yasgur’s farm, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Havens’ now legendary set helped concert organizers buy time while the lineup made its way through huge traffic jams.
Havens wound up playing his entire song catalog, culminating with an improvisational version of ‘Motherless Child,’ retitled ‘Freedom.’ It became one of his signature numbers. Yasgur’s farm is now the home of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The ceremony will be held Sunday, Aug. 18th.
The Center is will also present ‘Back to the Garden: A Day of Song and Remembrance Honoring Richie Havens.’ The event will be open to all members of the public. Tickets are required, but admission is free.