Moorhead festival to celebrate Woodstock changes name to avoid trademark infringement

MOORHEAD — A previously announced concert happening next summer at Moorhead's Bluestem Amphitheater has changed its name after getting a letter about its use of the Woodstock name.

The festival, set for Aug. 16 and 17 at the Moorhead venue, 801 50th Ave. SW, originally billed itself as "50th Anniversary of Woodstock" when promoter Jade Presents announced it about three months ago.

But attorneys for Woodstock Ventures, the company with trademark rights to the Woodstock name based on the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., sent a letter to promoters of the Moorhead concert, instructing them to change the name of the festival here.

Merrill Piepkorn, one of the festival organizers, said the letter asked them to drop the word “Woodstock” and barred them from using any similar name, such as Bluestock. “They asked us to drop it, so we did,” he said.

The event is now referred to as “Bluestem: 50th Anniversary of Peace and Music.” The festival is a tribute to the legendary Woodstock festival and will feature regional acts such as Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Pat Lenertz, Jennifer Lyn, Jessie Vedder and more.

Tickets will be on sale at a reduced price this weekend. From Friday, Nov. 23, through Monday, Nov. 26, tickets will be $50 plus fees for a two-day pass. Tickets for this festival normally range from $29.50 to $79.50.

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