The crowd was smaller, the bands a little less well known, and the weather was amazingly more cooperative, but Brownstock - a benefit concert held recently in Brownsville in honor of the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival - was, all in all, quite a success.
Organizer Rick Davis, a 7th generation Vermonter and founding member of the Davis Brothers Garage Band, said that the event was a celebration of community.
"This is a community event," Davis said, "It's our way of giving something back to the community."
The outdoor concert drew a few hundred music fans and was held at the Ascutney Mountain Ski Area base lodge. The site had a special significance for the long-lived Davis Brothers Band - the band was started at the University of Denver in 1968 and has been playing in Vermont since 1972 - as the brothers used to do a regular Thanksgiving night concert at the lodge, and in the early 1980s, a pig roast and concert there.
Ticket sales and official concert t-shirt sales went to benefit the Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley.
The concert featured several area bands, and certainly exemplified the theme of community. Performers included Larkin, a local 14 year old girl performing original song, The Hubbard Family Band featuring 17 year old Brooks Hubbard on guitar and vocals and 16 year old Chris Yurik on drums, also included their fathers and uncles The Gibson Family Band featured the great singing of lane Gibson Jr., and his father contributed keyboard and guitar playing and vocals as well. Gibson Sr. would also sit in with the Davis Brothers.