The 5th Annual Woodystock Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival returns to the Southern California High Desert in Apple Valley, on Friday, October 6; Saturday, October 7; and Sunday, October 8, at Woodardville Ranch, on a newly-built, enlarged stage that also offers concert-goers the option to camp out overnight under the stars for a nominal nightly charge. The complete Woodstock music lineup as we went to press includes the Kenny C Band; Johnny Jukebox; Papermoon Gypsys; Crooked Eye Tommy; The Reverend Smack Jonez Band; Babylon Steel; Billy D and the Hoodoos; Southern Spirit; Delta Shade; DJ Parker; Brigitte Rios Purdy; Stone Stanley; and The Time Bombs.
“Our goal since Day One is to bring first-class musicians to the High Desert,” says Woodystock founder John Woodard, who’s also a Councilman for the City of Adelanto.
Indie Pulse Music (IPM) recently conducted an exclusive interview with Woodard, here’s how it went.
IPM: When did you first come up with the idea for Woodystock?
JW: My wife and I own property out in the High Desert. When my friend from Kansas City came out to visit us, we took him out to see our stage. He stood on our stage and proclaimed “Woodystock”! After discussing it between us, my wife and I decided to create the “Woodystock Blues & Rock Festival”.
IPM: What is your own background in the music business?
JW I grew up in the ’60’s and most of my family were musicians. They had a Dixieland Jazz Band (my aunt, uncle, and cousins). So, at a young age I started helping to move equipment. As I got older, I started drawing artwork for the local bands in my area. That evolved into being a roadie for many Southern California bands in the ’80’s, before progressing into a Manager role. Then came my progression to being a Concert Promoter.
IPM: You’ve been a strong advocate for presenting the Blues in the High Desert, which is a tough challenge for a number of reasons. What’s your overview on the progress being made?
JW: We started something that no one else was doing. We knew that there were Blues fans here in the High Desert, there were no venues for the Blues in the Victor Valley. So, I made it happen. That’s what I do. I start with an idea, and make it happen. And now our 5th Annual Woodystock Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival is bigger & better than ever.
IPM: Who are some of the main headline acts playing Woodystock this year?
JW: Billy D & the Hoodoos, Crooked Eye Tommy, Kenny Cederholm (Kenny C Band, Brigitte Rios Purdy, Papermoon Gypsys, DJ Parker Band, Johnny Jukebox, Stone Stanley, and others.
IPM: Where can people find out more about the 5th Annual Woodystock Blues & Rock Festival (website, Facebook page, etc.)?
Hope to see all the High Desert blues and rock lovers at Woodystock next month! And thanks for interviewing us.