Nearly 45 years after the infamous July 1970 rock fest that promised a Woodstock-caliber lineup like Janis Joplin, the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison, Powder Ridge Ski Area CEO Sean Hayes is resurrecting the idea.
Octobers event will have little resemblance to that disastrous weekend, Hayes
Hayes, whos also business manager for the Brownstone Discovery Park in Portland, made the announcement last week on the Powder Ridge Facebook page to followers who promptly voiced their enthusiasm for a Powder Ridge Music Festival to be held Oct. 4 and 5.
Already, the Grateful Dead cover band Shakedown has been secured to play, Hayes
However, this festival wont match the ticket sales of 44 years ago.
Theres going to be very limited number of seatings, Hayes
Only 2,200 tickets will be sold.
The resort owner said he
is starting the music festival as a modest one partly because of permits allowed by the town and partly to gauge its reception.
Were all about local, Hayes
We want vendors, farms, regional markets, vintners, artisans and craftspeople all Connecticut businesses and musicians.
Staging the festival during autumn made sense for a ski area.
Really what we view it as is a kickoff for our season, Hayes
Powder Ridge has that much mystique, said Hayes
, who bought the ski area in 2012 and re-opened it partially this past winter.
A year after the historic 1969 concert, people thought, this is the next Woodstock and its right outside of New York state.
See a timeline of Powder Ridge history.
is banking the Ridges reputation in the Northeast will draw concertgoers.
Were the only ski area with 23 million people within a 90-mile radius between Boston and New York City, he
Its so close to everything.
The future of entertainment and recreational possibilities on Beseck Mountain, Hayes
says, are boundless.
vision is to someday offer summer tubing on artificial turf, host weddings and create obstacle, team building and ropes courses at this picturesque mountaintop.
It has an almost 360-degree view looking over the valley, Hayes