Preparations are underway for the first concert of the 2021 Woodstock Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 12th when The Black Jacket Symphony will recreate Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ classic album “Damn the Torpedoes” live at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater.

There will be four more concerts in this year’s series. On Friday, July 9th, Woodstock will welcome The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel, an explosive, attention-commanding tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with a theatrical, eye-popping performance. On Saturday, August 14th, Woodstock welcomes Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy winners from Asheville, North Carolina who are frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross takes the stage on Saturday, September 18th. Cross won five Grammy Awards with his self-titled debut album including Album of the Year and Song of the Year for the single “Sailing.” On Saturday, September 25th, Rumours will take Woodstock by storm with their authentic recreation of a live Fleetwood Mac show.

There are a few updates to concert series rules this year. No plastic sheets, blankets, towels, or tarps will be allowed. All tables are prohibited this year. Chairs will not be allowed in the park until after 6 a.m. on the day before the concert.

There are food and beverage vendors on site and dozens of great restaurants within steps of the amphitheater, but attendees may bring small coolers of food and drinks. There is a children’s area near the gazebo in the upper level of the park with face painting, balloon animals, and inflatables.

Public parking is available at Chattahoochee Technical College, at City Center, and in smaller public parking lots and on-street parking in Downtown Woodstock. Free shuttles run continuously beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 11:45 p.m. from three locations: Northside Cherokee/Towne Lake, Woodstock City Church, and Little River Elementary School.

Woodstock Summer Concert Series is presented by City of Woodstock, Carriage Kia Woodstock, and Woodstock Parks and Recreation. Opening acts begin at 7:30 p.m. and headliners take the stage at 8:30 p.m. The June 12th and July 9th shows will not have opening bands.

According to Woodstock Parks and Recreation Special Events Coordinator Marybeth Stockdale, “Woodstock Summer Concert Series is a rain or shine event, but concertgoers should always check woodstockconcertseries.com for concert updates before heading out to the event.”

For hotel information, go to visitwoodstockga.com. For more information on the City of Woodstock, go to woodstockga.gov. Information on parks and other city-sponsored events like the July 4th Spectacular can be found at woodstockparksandrec.com.