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“These guys are the real deal!”

 Pete Fornatale

Legendary FM Disc Jockey
Author of “Back To The Garden,” a history of the Woodstock Festival.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joplin, Slick, Santana and Hendrix all on my stage at the same time? Well sort of, “Back to the Garden 1969” gives a great evening of music and “respect” to these guys and more. I had to work that weekend in 1969, Their show brings me back to those days,( if only I had quit my job, jumped on the bike, and up the thruway!). This is a great show and they really mix it up every time with a great sampling of what was there those three days in August 1969. When you see “Back to the Garden 1969” on our schedule don’t wait, they sell out fast!.

  John Mc Avoy
“The Turning Point”
Piermont, NY

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“Back To The Garden 1969” recreates with skill & spirit the magical music and era that peaked at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival.”


  
Phil Ciganer,
“Towne Crier Cafe”
Pawling, NY

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“Back To The Garden 1969” recreates the music of the event that transformed a generation. This wonderful group of amazing musicians bring you back to those three days and for many of us it is a moving and wonderful experience. Belongs on Broadway.


  Larry (West) Weinstein
“Hat City Kitchen”
Orange, NJ

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On July 7th, 2010 “Back to the Garden 1969” performed at the City of Peekskill’s Summer Concert Series. I have to say that from start to finish working with Gary and the Band was beyond enjoyable. Gary was professional and so easy to work with I knew that this was going to be a great experience. “Back to the Garden 1969” gave the residents of Peekskill a night to remember. The music and vocals were amazing. The audience was dancing and singing to the music. So many people commented on how the music reminded them of “the good old days.” The feedback from the residents of Peekskill was so positive that before the concert was even over I was being asked “when are they going to perform again”? If you have an opportunity to bring “Back to the Garden 1969” to your community, do it! They really are amazing!


  
Jannine Cullen
Recreation Supervisor
Peekskill NY Dept. of Parks and Recreation

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The concert was great. The music of the Woodstock Era brought back great memories to all in attendance. Hope to have “Back To The Garden 1969” play for us again.


 
Don Belmont
Recreation Supervisor
Somers NY Dept. of Parks and Recreation

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If you are looking for a band that plays the classic music of Woodstock as it deserves to be played, it is my pleasure to recommend, “Back To The Garden 1969.” We were fortunate to be able to host these five talented performers on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock on August 15, 2009. They delivered an exciting musical journey back to the late 1960s. So much that we booked the bank to play an encore performance shortly afterwards. Combining superb harmonies with flawless musicianship, there are more than a few moments when you can imagine how it must have felt to actually be at Woodstock (thankfully, minus the mud, rain and bad drugs). Just close your eyes and listen to keyboardist Bob Fonseca’s vocal tribute to Joe Cocker’s “A Little Help From My Friends,” or “ Feelin’ Alright.” Gary Adamson’s and Mike Garner’s precise homage to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young can only be attributed to decades of musical experience together. Larry Kelly on lead guitar commands your attention with an arsenal of classic rock technique and strong lead vocals. And just when you least expect it, Annie Masciandaro steps out from her drums to center stage and blows the house down with songs by Grace Slick and Janis Joplin.
Whoever gives them an opportunity to play will be well rewarded.
           

 Marcus Caine
Commodore
Echo Bay Yacht Club
New Rochelle, NY

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As the Executive Producer of over 45 televised concerts from the Hard Rock Live and numerous other rock concert venues, I have experienced some really great live music. I recently attended a concert by the band “ Back To The Garden 1969,” and this group of musicians has captured the sound and feeling of the Woodstock Festival. I was truly amazed and excited to hear songs from almost every Woodstock band performed with such passion and excellence. Not only does “Back To The Garden 1969” perfectly reproduce the songs of the great rock legends such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Joe Cocker and The Jefferson Airplane, but they perform Crosby, Stills and Nash to perfection. This is the truest Woodstock music experience you will ever find.

Bill Suchy

Orlando, Fla.

General Manager/Executive Producer
Vision TV

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I wanted to to write and let you know that your group “Back To The Garden 1969,” Woodstock Tribute Band, was amazing. I received numerous calls from the membership telling me how terrific you guys were. I hope we have an opportunity to book you again for future events.

Tracy G. Fraus
Genel Manager
Hampshire Country Club
Mamaroneck, NY

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How about freakin’ unbelievable. That was my impression. You guys rocked. I was at the original – which was beyond superb. I went to the 40th at Bethel.  Your show last night blew away the anniversary show. Anyway thanks for the great time and for the memories.

Andy S.
Poughkeepsie, NY

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You guys were tremendous!! There’s nothing better than listening to seasoned musicians grace us with the refined energy of their craft. Your ability to take us back to that time in our music history really created a good feeling in my heart. I think you hit the nail on the head since the music appeals to a wide audience. I look forward to making the next gig, and I will certainly spread the word…Thank you for having us!

James K.
Mahopac, NY

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My wife, son and I had the opportunity to see Gary Adamson and his “Back to the Garden 1969” band at the Towne Crier Café in Pawling, NY on August 30, 2009. The group has a great line up on keyboard, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. They each have tremendous energy and obvious love for this music. They played a very tight two hour set! What struck me is how well the group worked out the vocal harmonies, the arrangements and the parts played by each instrument – all were very true to the original recordings.

Some particular favorites… Loved the layered harmonies on all the Crosby, Stills & Nash cuts; Bob doing lead vocals on Joe Cocker’s “A Little Help From My Friends;” Gary’s John Fogerty vocals on several Creedence songs. And lastly, they blew the roof off with Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” late in the set. Also later on, the band showed fantastic versatility by bringing its drummer Annie out in front to do Janis Joplin and Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) lead vocals.

Looking forward to hearing them again!

 Peter G.
Rye, NY

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Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding a success! We got rave reviews on the band. As a matter of fact we may come out to an upcoming gig and bring my brother and sister-in-law. Many of our friends are fans of yours and they enjoyed the show as usual.

Maria and Jack

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Fantastic! We loved it. Great energy, too. My only suggestion is to keep it together past the anniversary year.

Suzy A.
Rye, NY

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The multi-instrumental abilities of “Back To The Garden 1969,” and their five distinctively different lead vocalists really help to capture the sound and spirit of Woodstock. We had a great time at their show!

Bob I.
West Islip, NY

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This is a not to be missed event. A second chance to be part of the Woodstock experience ! Great music by a a band that delivers on all counts. The chemistry of the band just draws you in, lifts you up and takes you “back to the garden”.

 John S. 
Somers, NY