UPSTATE NEW YORK,
When my Godfather's son Keith Ganci asked me to go to Woodstock 99 with him
and his friend Mike Zobel, I remembered the first Woodstock and thinking how this new one
might be fun. It was going to be a three day festival in upstate New York. I knew I wanted to take some
photographs, but I did not want to worry about my Nikon cameras and equipment at the festival. So I
purchased an inexpensive Kodak CameoEX point and shoot. I figured if I was a decent enough
photographer I would be able to get decent feature shots of the three day experience.
The amazing thing about
Woodstock 99 to me was not the fact that over 250,000 people came together for a three day
rock festival, but the fact that we actually became one of the biggest U.S. cities for a few days.
Being a city, we had infrastructure problems like a big city. The promoters did not plan correctly. There were not enough toilets and showers
for everyone. The food was real expensive. Some concessions were charging $8 for a bottle of water. And at times the 100 degree heat
The music was very diverse. Some of the bands that played Woodstock 99 were Dave Mathews, Offspring,
Sheryl Crow, Brian Setzler Orchestra, DMX, Metallica, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson,Jewel, Elvis
Costello, Rage Against the Machine, Creed, Bush and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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