Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts will present a tribute/variety show, "Feelin' Alright: A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.
The show will feature American Pie - Pat and Donna Surface.
Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults. Visit www.glapa.org and click on "tickets" or call 218-568-9200.
This show is a tribute to many artists and a celebration of the timeless music and artists of the 1960s who played at Woodstock in August 1969. American Pie (Pat and Donna Surface) will blast you back to August 1969 with songs, stories and dynamic video that vividly bring that historic event and tumultuous era back in focus.
Feelin' Alright is a multi-media variety show that includes humor, videos of the artists and the 500,000 mud-soaked hippies, and a Woodstock trivia segment with prizes. The show is fun and interactive.
"We are very excited about this show," Donna Surface said in a news release. "I worked for Michael Lang, the producer of Woodstock, in New York City and experienced first-hand the spectacle of Woodstock from behind the scenes. I met many of the rock stars that performed at Woodstock and was deeply immersed in the culture and the music of that era. This show is not just about the music, but the back stories of what became a phenomenon that could never be duplicated.
"There are so many cool stories in the show," Surface said. "One of my favorites is that Jimi Hendrix wasn't Michael's first choice to close the festival. Roy Rogers, 'The Singing Cowboy,' was. He loved Roy Rogers. Michael had this image of Roy Rogers galloping up on Trigger, hopping on the stage and singing 'Happy Trails' to thousands of hippies. It didn't happen because Roy Rogers' manager thought Woodstock would be a waste of time. Oops. We do perform 'Happy Trails' in our show."
Pat Surface is an award-winning singer/songwriter and leader of American Pie, as well as his Grammy Award-winning band, the Boundary Water Boys. Owner of the international, award-winning record label based in Ely - Spiritwood Music of The Boundary Waters - he sings and plays his hand-built LaPlant guitars in solo performances and with his band.
Donna Surface is an actress, comedian, singer, dancer and playwright from New York City. She uses her talent as storyteller and emcee to set the stage for the iconic songs in this show. She is also a performance artist in Sign for The Hearing Impaired (a combination of American Sign Language, dance and dramatic interpretation). She calls that "See The Music.'"