If you were going to sit down and make a list of every uniquely American pop culture icon you could think of, hot-rods and rock-n-roll would have to be near the top of that list. Which makes two extraordinary experiences on tap for this coming weekend seem oddly patriotic:
Peace and Music
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, the legendary open-air festival that saw 500,000 people descend on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York for “three days of peace and music.” If you weren’t there, you can get a feel for the event Rolling Stone magazine called one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock-n-Roll” as the Heroes of Woodstock tour rolls into the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, a 2,000-acre performance venue built on the site of the famous hippie-fest with many of the original Woodstock performers, including Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Canned Heat, and more. If you can’t make it to this Saturday’s show, you can catch the tour at eight other dates from Boston to Los Angeles through October 10th.
Hot Rod Heaven
While there are lots of custom car shows held around the U.S. each year, none can come close to Detroit’s annual Woodward Dream Cruise. This Saturday, August 15th will see more than a million automotive aficionados and their families lining the curbs along 16 miles of Woodward to watch 40,000 of the coolest hot rods, customs, and classic cars you’re ever likely to find gathered in one place roll by. And the best part is that is that this day-long celebration of all things wheeled is free!