PROGRAM DETAILS

The Songs of Woodstock with Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers

Instructor
Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Category
Music / Arts & Letters
FPL12105

Course Description

In August 1969, the Woodstock Festival brought together 32 acts and half a million fans for "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music." Legendary performances by Richie Havens, who opened the weekend with a tribute to “Freedom,” and Crosby, Stills & Nash, who went on at 3 am, launched major careers; Joan Baez, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Santana, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Band, Blood Sweat & Tears and many others electrified the giant crowd before Jimi Hendrix signed off at 8 am Monday with The Star Spangled Banner. The film won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, and fifty years later, the children of the 1960s are still referred to as “The Woodstock Generation.” Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the music and genius of the artists at this historic event, as told in their songs.


About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist, inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s, and still performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who called his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006.

    Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs.

    Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.

    Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years.

    John Smotherman, lead guitarist, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”