Late folk legend Richie Havens’ will receive a final resting place at the very festival grounds where he opened up the iconic Woodstock music festival in 1969, reports Rolling Stone.
Havens, who passed away from a sudden heart attack in April at 72, will be honored in a public memorial Aug. 18th where his ashes will be scattered across Max Yasgur’s New York farm, the location where Woodstock took place 44 years ago.
Havens’ official website says the ceremony is a “day of song and remembrance honoring Richie Havens” and will be open to the public with a free admission ticket. More details will be announced.
The site, which is now home to the The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, famously hosted dozens of music’s biggest acts and over 400,000 fans for three days of “peace and music.”
Havens wasn’t supposed to be the festival’s opening performer, but was urged to go on by organizers after other artists were delayed in traffic, which caused the festival to already run three hours behind. Havens held the audience for a three-hour long set that resulted in an improvised song based off the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” that became his classic, “Freedom.”