Sweatstock celebrates 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

Photo from Woodstock (courtesy of MGN, Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell / CC BY-SA 3.0). Local music festival this weekend will pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary.
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EAST MOLINE, Ill. Over 100 local Quad Cities artists are coming together to perform at the inaugural Sweatstock musical festival at Murphy Park in East Moline. The Quad Cities is home to a lot of extraordinary musical talent and Sweatstock will serve as a great outlet to grow the musical community, bring people together over a shared passion and a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, in our own home.

The festival will include tributes to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & Joe Cocker, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Famil Stone, The Who, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Jonny Winter and more. Local bands set to perform include Joe Marcinek, The Velies, Rude Punch, The Candymakers, Jordan Danielsen, Jason Carl and Whole Damn Band, Condor and Jaybird, The Dawn and Charlottte Boyer. These artists will also be performing their own original melodies in addition to the Woodstock tributes.

Many of these artists will be playing alongside others they haven't played with before. Kate Dale, Co-Founder of Hive Event Consulting, says, "I love seeing the comradery of the musicians at these events because a lot of them don't normally play together and so you can kind of see the spark as they play the music... it's new, it's exciting, it's energizing... and the music is going to be great so I am most looking forward to that".

The event kicks off at 4:00 p.m. Friday with live music playing till the 11:00 p.m. when the Santana Tribute Set takes the stage.

Saturday they begin the day with Community Yoga at 12:15 followed by live bands playing till 11:00 p.m.

They will have food and drink vendors available on-site and while most of the vendors will be cash-only, but they will have an ATM there as well.

You can bring blankets, small chairs and small umbrellas but pets, food, and coolers are not permitted.

Our very own Morgan Ottier will not only be emceeing the event, but she will also be performing.

For more information, head here.

For tickets, head here.