Whether intent on proving their post-acid trip relevance or just mourning Jerry Garcia, the bands performing at The Heroes of Woodstock: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary will make you wonder whether all the nostalgia we feel for hippies has dried up. It’s a historically significant event: These acts appeared at the original Woodstock and pioneered the psych-blues rock sound now aped by everyone from the Dandy Warhols to the Black Keys. Janis Joplin’s underrated back-up band, Big Brother & the Holding Company, will perform, as will Jefferson Starship, playing songs such as “Somebody to Love” without Grace Slick. Bring your mother; she’ll get a kick out of knowing blues rockers Ten Years After and Canned Heat are still alive.
Wed., Aug. 12, 8 p.m., 2009