Saturday, August 5, 2017


Saturday, October 21 in the Event Gallery
AUGUST 4, 2017 (BETHEL, NY) Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is excited to announce to the return of John Sebastian to the intimate, indoor Event Gallery on Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for reserved seating go on-sale Thursday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m. at

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. “We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us our rock & roll roots,” John explains, “but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an ‘American’ band.”

The Lovin’ Spoonful did like no one before or since, putting their first seven singles into the Top 10. This was unprecedented and utterly unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources – what we now term “roots music” – and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. Which it did.

You know the songs by heart: “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” “Daydream.” “Younger Girl.” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City.” “Rain On The Roof.” “Nashville Cats.” “Six O’Clock.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” “Younger Generation.” These songs did more than simply answer the British invasion, they carried the musical tradition into the future.

This fall, Bethel Woods will also host Graham Nash on September 24, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn on November 4, Los Lonely Boys on November 5, and Eileen Ivers’ A Joyful Christmas on December 15, all part of the Event Gallery Concert Series. Tickets are on-sale now at

A special presale for Bethel Woods Member beings Tuesday, August 8. To learn more about additional member benefits and pre-sale access, visit

The Museum at Bethel Woodsis half-priced, three hours before show time every evening Pavilion or Event Gallery concert day. Valid concert ticket required for this special offer. To learn more visit

As part of Bethel Woods continued commitment to public safety, a new Bag Policy has been put into effect which encourages guests to travel light. The clear bag policy will be in effect for Event Gallery concerts and all bags may be subject to an extended security search. Standard rules apply for permitted and prohibited items, and the full policy can be found at

For more information about Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.orgor call 1.866.781.2922. Be sure to download the Bethel Woods App for up-to-date information and special pre-sale codes.

The Event Gallery Concert Series at Bethel Woods is proudly sponsored by Jim Beam. 

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