For four decades, the exact sequence of Woodstock performers was a matter of considerable debate. One would think that it would be a simple matter to come up with such a list, considering how well documented Woodstock was and how many people actually witnessed it. The fact is, the evidence was sketchy, and there were gaps in the key players’ memories.

In 2009, three separate events converged to give us an accurate picture of “who played when.” First, Rhino Records issued a multi-disc set of Woodstock music after extensive research of all the film, audio, and written sources. Second, Woodstock organizer Michael Lang found evidence of the actual performer order in his personal papers. And third, a Woodstock attendee who had kept a journal, as the festival was happening, donated the journal to the Museum. All three sources—Rhino, Lang, and the journal—corroborate the others.

The set list of each performer is a little less precise. The following is the best of the current research, drawn from published and unpublished sources. This, then, is the definitive set list (to date) of the Woodstock festival.

 

Day One. Friday, August 15, 1969
(beginning about 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon and ending about 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning)

Richie Havens (45-minute set)       (Paid $6000   2016$$ 38,208)
Richie Havens, guitar, vocals
Paul “Deano” Williams, guitar
Daniel Ben Zabulon, percussion, congas

  1. Minstrel From Gault
  2. From The Prison/Get Together/From The Prison
  3. I’m A Stranger Here
  4. High Flyin’ Bird
  5. I Can’t Make It Anymore
  6. With A Little Help From My Friends
  7. Handsome Johnny
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever/Hey Jude
  9. Freedom (Motherless Child)

 

Sweetwater (45-minute set)     (Paid $1250  2016$$ 7960)
Nancy “Nansi” Nevins, vocals
Albert Moore, flute, vocals
August Burns, cello
Alex Del Zoppo, keyboards, vocals
Fred Herrera, bass, vocals
Elpidio Cobain, congas, percussion
Alan Malarowitz, drums

  1. Motherless Child
  2. Look Out
  3. For Pete’s Sake
  4. Day Song
  5. What’s Wrong
  6. Crystal Spider
  7. Two Worlds
  8. Why Oh Why/Let The Sun Shine In/Oh Happy Day

Bert Sommer (40-minute set)    Unknown Pay
Bert Sommer, guitar, vocals
Ira Stone, guitar, organ, harmonica
Charlei Bilello, bass

  1. Jennifer
  2. The Road To Travel
  3. I Wondered Where You Be
  4. She’s Gone
  5. Things Are Going My Way
  6. And When It’s Over
  7. Jeanette
  8. America
  9. A Note That Read
  10. Smile

Tim Hardin (30-minute set)    ($2000    2016$$ 12,736)
Tim Hardin, vocals, guitar
Richard Buck, cello
Ralph Towner, guitar, piano
Gilles Malkine, guitar
Glen Moore, bass
Steve “Muruga” Booker, drums

  1. (How Can We) Hang On To A Dream
  2. Susan
  3. If I Were A Carpenter
  4. Reason To Believe
  5. You Upset The Grace Of Living When You Lie
  6. Speak Like A Child
  7. Snow White Lady
  8. Blue On My Ceiling
  9. Simple Song Of Freedom
  10. Misty Roses

Ravi Shankar (40-minute set)         (Paid $4500    2016$$ 28,656)
Ravi Shankar, sitar
Maya Kulkarni, tamboura
Ustad Alla Rakha, tabla

  1. Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
  2. Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
  3. Raga Manj Kmahaj

Melanie (unscheduled 20-minute set)   (Paid $750    2016$$ 4776)
Melanie Safka, vocals, guitar

  1. Close To It All
  2. Momma Momma
  3. Beautiful People
  4. Animal Crackers
  5. Mr. Tambourine Man
  6. Tuning My Guitar
  7. Birthday Of The Sun

Arlo Guthrie (40-minute set)    (Paid $5000   2016$$  31,840)
Arlo Guthrie, vocals, guitar
John Pilla, guitar
Bob Arkin, bass
Paul Motian, drums

  1. Coming Into Los Angeles
  2. Wheel Of Fortune
  3. Walking Down The Line
  4. Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
  5. Every Hand In The Land
  6. Amazing Grace

Joan Baez (60-minute set)      (Paid $10,000    2016$$  63,680)
Joan Baez, vocals, guitar
Richard Festinger, guitar
Jeffrey Shurtleff, vocals, guitar

  1. Oh Happy Day
  2. The Last Thing On My Mind
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. No Expectations
  5. Joe Hill
  6. Sweet Sir Galahad
  7. Hickory Wind
  8. Drug Store Truck Driving Man
  9. I Live One Day At A Time
  10. Take Me Back To The Sweet Sunny South
  11. Let Me Wrap You In My Warm And Tender Love
  12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  13. We Shall Overcome

Day Two. Saturday, August 16, 1969
(beginning about 12:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon and ending about 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning)
Quill (30-minute set)     (Paid $375   2016$$  2388)
Dan Cole, vocals
Jon Cole, bass, vocals
Norman Rogers, guitar
Phil Thayer, keyboards, saxophone, flute
Roger North, drums

  1. They Live The Life
  2. That’s How I Eat
  3. Driftin’
  4. Waitin’ For You

Country Joe McDonald (solo, unscheduled, 30-minute set)  (Paid $2500  2016$$ 15,920)
Country Joe McDonald, guitar, vocals

  1. Janis
  2. Donovan’s Reef
  3. Heartaches By The Number
  4. Ring Of Fire
  5. Tennessee Stud
  6. Rockin’ ’Round The World
  7. Flying All The Way
  8. Seen A Rocket
  9. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

John B. Sebastian (unscheduled 25-minute set)   (Paid $1000  2016$$ 6368)
John Sebastian, vocals, guitar

  1. How Have You Been
  2. Rainbows All Over Your Blues
  3. I Had A Dream
  4. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  5. Younger Generation

Keef Hartley Band (45-minute set)  (Paid $500 2016$$ 3184)
Keef Hartley, drums
Miller Anderson, guitar, vocals
Jimmy Jewell, saxophone
Henry Lowther, trumpet, violin
Gary Thain, bass

  1. Spanish Fly
  2. She’s Gone
  3.  Too Much Thinkin’
  4. Believe In You
  5. Sinnin’ For You (Intro)/Leaving Trunk/Just To Cry/Sinnin’ For You

Santana (45-minute set)      (Paid $750  2016$$ 4776)
Carlos Santana, guitar
Gregg Rolie, vocals, keyboard
David Brown, bass
Jose “Chepita” Areas, timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Carabello, timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Shrieve, drums

  1. Waiting
  2. Evil Ways
  3. You Just Don’t Care
  4. Savor
  5. Jingo
  6. Persuasion
  7. Soul Sacrifice
  8. Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries

The Incredible String Band (30-minute set)  (Paid $2250  2016$$) 
Mike Heron, multi-instruments
Robin Williamson, vocals, multi-instruments,
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie, organ, vocals
Rose Simpson, bass, vocals, multi-instruments

  1. Invocation (spoken word)
  2. The Letter
  3. Gather ’Round
  4. This Moment
  5. Come With Me
  6. When You Find Out Who You Are

Canned Heat (60-minute set)   Paid $6500  2016$$ 41,392)
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob “The Bear” Hite, vocals, harmonica
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, guitar
Larry “The Mole” Taylor, bass
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra, drums

  1. I’m Her Man
  2. Going Up The Country
  3. A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
  4. Too Many Drivers At The Wheel
  5. I Know My Baby
  6. Woodstock Boogie
  7. On The Road Again

Mountain (60-minute set)   (Paid $2000  2016$$ 12,736)
Leslie West, guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi, bass
Steve Knight, keyboards
Norman “N.D.” Smart, drums

  1. Blood Of The Sun
  2. Stormy Monday
  3. Theme For An Imaginary Western
  4. Long Red
  5. For Yasgur’s Farm
  6. Beside The Sea
  7. Waiting To Take You Away
  8. Dreams Of Milk And Honey
  9. Southbound Train

Grateful Dead (95-minute set)   (Paid  $2500  2016$$ 15,920)
Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals
Bob Weir, guitar
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan, keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten, keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh, bass
Bill Kreutzmann, drums
Mickey Hart, drums

  1. St. Stephen
  2. Mama Tried
  3. Dark Star
  4. High Time
  5. Turn On Your Lovelight

Creedence Clearwater Revival (50-minute set)   (Paid $10,000  2016$$ 63,680)
John Fogerty, vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Tom Fogerty, guitar, vocals
Stu Cooke, bass
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, drums

  1. Born On The Bayou
  2. Green River
  3. Ninety-Nine-And-A-Half (Won’t Do)
  4. Bootleg
  5. Commotion
  6. Bad Moon Rising
  7. Proud Mary
  8. I Put A Spell On You
  9. Night Time Is The Right Time
  10. Keep On Chooglin’
  11. Susie Q

Janis Joplin (Kozmic Blues Band) (60-minute set)   ( Paid $7500  2016$$ 47,760)
Janis Joplin, vocals
Terry Clements, tenor saxophone
Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers, baritone saxophone
Luis Gasca, trumpet
John Till, guitar
Richard Kermode, keyboards
Brad Campbell, bass
Maury Baker, drums

  1. Raise Your Hand
  2. As Good As You’ve Been To This World
  3. To Love Somebody
  4. Summertime
  5. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
  6. Kozmic Blues
  7. I Can’t Turn You Loose
  8. Work Me Lord
  9. Piece Of My Heart
  10. Ball And Chain

Sly & The Family Stone (50-minute set)    (Paid $7000   2016$$ 44,576)
Sylvester “Sly” Stone, vocals, keyboard, harmonica
Freddie Stone, guitar, vocals
Jerry Martini, saxophone
Cynthia Robinson, trumpet
Rosie Stone, keyboard, vocals
Larry Graham, bass
Gregg Errico, drums

  1. M’Lady
  2. Sing A Simple Song
  3. You Can Make It If You Try
  4. Everyday People
  5. Dance To The Music
  6. Music Lover
  7. I Want To Take You Higher
  8. Love City
  9. Stand!

The Who (65-minute set)      (Paid $6250    2016$$ 39,482) 
Roger Daltrey, vocals
Pete Townshend, guitar
John Entwistle, bass
Keith Moon, drums

  1. Heaven And Hell
  2. I Can’t Explain
  3. It’s A Boy
  4. 1921
  5. Amazing Journey
  6. Sparks
  7. Eyesight To The Blind
  8. Christmas
  9. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  10. Acid Queen
  11. Pinball Wizard
  12. Do You Think It’s Alright?
  13. Fiddle About
  14. There’s A Doctor
  15. Go To The Mirror
  16. Smash The Mirror
  17. I’m Free
  18. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  19. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  20. See Me, Feel Me
  21. Listening To You
  22. Summertime Blues
  23. Shakin’ All Over
  24. My Generation
  25. Naked Eye

Jefferson Airplane (100-minute set)   (Paid $7500  2016$$ 47,760)
Marty Balin, vocals
Grace Slick, vocals
Paul Kantner, guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, vocals
Jack Casady, bass
Spencer Dryden, drums
Nicky Hopkins, piano

  1. The Other Side Of This Life
  2. Somebody To Love
  3. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
  4. Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
  5. Eskimo Blue Day
  6. Wooden Ships
  7. Uncle Sam Blues
  8. Volunteers
  9. The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
  10. Come Back Baby
  11. White Rabbit
  12. The House At Pooneil Corner

Day Three. Sunday, August 17, 1969

(beginning about 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and ending about 10:30 a.m. Monday morning)
Max Yasgur addresses the crowd
Joe Cocker (The Grease Band) (60-minute set)    (Paid $1375  2016$$ 8756)
Joe Cocker, vocals
Chris Stainton, keyboards
Henry McCullough, guitar
Alan Spencer, bass
Bruce Rowlands, drums

  1. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (without Cocker)
  2. 40,000 Headmen (without Cocker)
  3. Dear Landlord
  4. Something’s Coming On
  5. Do I Still Figure In Your Life
  6. Feelin’ Alright
  7. Just Like A Woman
  8. Let’s Go Get Stoned
  9. I Don’t Need No Doctor
  10. I Shall Be Released
  11. Hitchcock Railway
  12. Something To Say
  13. With A Little Help From My Friends

Country Joe & The Fish (80-minute set)  (Paid $2500  2016$$ 15,920)
Country Joe McDonald, guitar, vocals
Barry “The Fish” Melton, guitar
Mark Kapner, keyboards
Doug Metzner, bass
Greg “Duke” Dewey, drums

  1. Rock & Soul Music
  2. (Thing Called) Love
  3. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing
  5. Summer Dresses
  6. Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife
  7. Silver And Gold
  8. Maria
  9. The Love Machine
  10. Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m A Nut)
  11. Short Jam (instrumental)
  12. Crystal Blues
  13. Rock & Soul Music (reprise)
  14. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

Ten Years After (60-minute set)   (Paid $3250  2016$$ 20,696)
Alvin Lee, guitar, vocals
Chick Churchill, keyboards
Leo Lyons, bass
Ric Lee, drums

  1. Spoonful
  2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  3. Hobbit
  4. I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
  5. Help Me
  6. I’m Going Home

The Band (50-minute set)   (Paid $7500   2016$$ 47,760)
Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocal
Garth Hudson, organ, keyboards, saxophone
Richard Manuel, piano, drums, vocals
Rick Danko, bass, vocals
Levon Helm, drums, mandolin, vocals

  1. Chest Fever
  2. Don’t Do It
  3. Tears Of Rage
  4. We Can Talk
  5. Long Black Veil
  6. Don’t You Tell Henry
  7. Ain’t No More Cane On The Brazos
  8. This Wheel’s On Fire
  9. I Shall Be Released
  10. The Weight
  11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Johnny Winter (65-minute set)   (Paid $3750   2016$$ 23,880)
Johnny Winter, vocals, guitar
Edgar Winter, keyboards
Tommy Shannon, bass
“Uncle” John Turner, drums

  1. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
  2. Leland Mississippi Blues
  3. Mean Town Blues
  4. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/Mean Mistreater
  5. I Can’t Stand It
  6. Tobacco Road
  7. Tell The Truth
  8. Johnny B. Goode

Blood Sweat & Tears (60-minute set)   (Paid $15,000  2016$$ 95,520)
David Clayton-Thomas, vocals, guitar
Steve Katz, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dick Halligan, keyboards, trombone, flute
Jerry Hyman, trombone
Fred Lipsius, alto saxophone, piano
Lew Soloff, trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Winfield, trumpet, flugelhorn
Jim Fielder, bass
Bobby Colomby, drum

  1. More And More
  2. Just One Smile
  3. Something’s Coming On
  4. More Than You’ll Ever Know
  5. Spinning Wheel
  6. Sometimes In Winter
  7. Smiling Phases
  8. God Bless The Child
  9. I Stand Accused
  10. And When I Die
  11. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Crosby Stills Nash & Young (60-minute set)    (Paid $5000  2016$$ 31,840)
David Crosby, guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills, guitar, vocals
Graham Nash, guitar, vocals
Neil Young, guitar, vocals
Greg Reeves, bass
Dallas Taylor, drums

  1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  2. Blackbird
  3. Helplessly Hoping
  4. Guinevere
  5. Marrakesh Express
  6. 4 + 20
  7. Mr. Soul
  8. I’m Wonderin’
  9. Pre-Road Downs
  10. Long Time Gone
  11. Bluebird
  12. Sea Of Madness
  13. Wooden Ships
  14. Find The Cost Of Freedom
  15. 49 Bye-Byes

Paul Butterfield Blues Band (45-minute set)    Unknown Pay
Paul Butterfield, harmonica, vocals
Buzzy Feiten, guitar
Steve Madalo, trumpet
Keith Johnson, trumpet
Gene Dinwiddie, tenor saxophone
David Sanborn, alto saxophone
Trevor Lawrence, baritone saxophone
Teddy Harris, piano
Rod Hicks, bass
Phillip Wilson, drums

  1. Born Under A Bad Sign
  2. No Amount Of Loving
  3. Driftin’ and Driftin’
  4. Morning Sunrise
  5. All In A Day
  6. Love March
  7. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Sha Na Na (30-minute set)  (Paid $700 $$4457)

Donald “Donny” York, keyboards, vocals
Rob Leonard, vocals
Alan Cooper, vocals
Frederick “Dennis” Green, vocals
Dave Garrett, vocals
Richard “Richie” Joffe, vocals
Scott Powell, vocals
Joe Witkin, vocals
Henry Gross, guitar
Elliot Cahn, guitar
Bruce “Bruno” Clark, bass
Jocko Marcellino, drums

  1. Get A Job
  2. Come Go With Me
  3. Silhouettes
  4. Teen Angel
  5. Her Latest Flame
  6. Wipe Out
  7. (Who Wrote) The Book Of Love
  8. Little Darling
  9. At The Hop
  10. Duke Of Earl
  11. Get A Job (reprise)

Jimi Hendrix (Gypsy Sun & Rainbows) (130-minute set)   (Paid $30,000 for 2 sets + $2000 expenses 2016$$ 114,625)

Note- There was a cap of $15,000 per act at Woodstock, so a deal was made for Hendrix to play 2 sets, one acoustic and one with his band.)

Jimi Hendrix, guitar vocals
Larry Lee, guitar, vocals
Billy Cox, bass
Juma Sultan percussion
Gerarde “Jerry” Valez, congas
Mitch Mitchell, drums

  1. Message To Love
  2. Hear My Train A-Comin’/Getting My Heart Back Together Again
  3. Spanish Castle Magic
  4. Red House
  5. Mastermind (Larry Lee lead)
  6. Foxy Lady
  7. Jam Back At The House (Beginnings)
  8. Izabella
  9. Gypsy Woman/Aware Of Love (Larry Lee lead)
  10. Fire
  11. Lover Man
  12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Stepping Stone
  13. Star Spangled Banner
  14. Purple Haze
  15. Woodstock Improvisation
  16. Villanova Junction
  17. Hey Joe

 

The list above includes all but two Woodstock performers (Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Paul Sumner). Additionally, psychedelic rock group Iron Butterfly had been slated to receive $10,000, but never showed up. Though these were the purported prices agreed upon by the artists’ agents and the show’s promoters, there is some speculation that a few of the artists were never paid in full.

 

 

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