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8 groovy bands who love pets

Fifty years ago, music history was made at Woodstock.

This year, in celebration of that momentous music festival, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona presents Woofstock – The dog-friendly concert celebrating 50 Years of Peace, Music, & Pets on Saturday, August 17th at the North Kino Sports Stadium 2805 E. Ajo Way.

This marks HSSA’s second dog-friendly music event in our concert series with the first concert being Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones & Rockin’ Originals. At Gimme Shelter, the bands performed covers of The Rolling Stones’ greatest hits. This time around, each band performing at Woofstock will be covering songs by one of the musical acts that performed at the Woodstock music festival fifty years ago!

So, who is performing at Woofstock, and whose songs will they be playing?

Local singer-songwriter Leila Lopez has made a name for herself playing the local scene. Effortlessly cool, with a style that draws on many influences without ever being derivative, Leila Lopez’s music always pleases.  She’ll be performing the works of the Creedence Clearwater Revival at Woofstock.

Joe Novelli has toured all over the world performing his unique and diverse style of music. Collaborating with a broad range of fellow musicians, recording on the road, and writing (both music and the written word), Joe Novelli is a memorable act to see perform live with his lap guitar playing style. He’ll be covering the tunes of Jimi Hendrix.

Keli and The Big Dream are mainstays in the Tucson music scene. Keli’s expressive singing and laid-back guitar playing, along with her bandmates produce a polished but easy-going sound that turns any song in their hands into a good time. Keli and The Big Dream will are busting out some Jefferson Airplane for Woofstock.

Phoenix-based rocker, Johnny Zapp, has an instantly familiar and likable sound while still being uniquely his own. With his music finding its way onto the airwaves and his mutli-instrumental talents in high demand, Johnny Zapp and fellow musician Paul West are set to perform the works of The Band.

The members of the acoustic trio Ice-9 will come together to recreate the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Ice-9’s combination of blues, country, folk, and rock makes perfect sense to cover the songs of such an iconic band from Woodstock.

The band Southbound Pilot is a group of Tucsonans who thrive in an environment of collaborative music-making. With a funky-yet-cool approach to their music, the band has a jam band sound with intense and soulful vocals that will beautifully represent the expressive song stylings of Janis Joplin.

Greyhound Soul has been making waves in the music scene for decades and were described in the Phoenix New Times as having a style that “blends rough vocals, country twang, and straight-ahead rock with a twist of blues”. That’s the perfect recipe to perform the songs of Richie Havens!

The Wayback Machine have made a (literal) name for themselves covering the classic rock songs that have informed the past 50 years of Rock and Roll. Constantly gigging around town, these guys could perform the entire repertoire of the original Woodstock three-day music festival! For Woofstock, they’ll be paying homage to the definitive Woodstock band: The Grateful Dead.

So, now you know who is covering who at Woofstock this year (Note: It’s not The Who). So what now? Groove on over to the Woofstock ticket page and score yourself tickets to the show!


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