On August 15th 2018, KCRW’s DJ Valida hosted her 8th annual Desert Nights at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. August 15th also happens to be Woodstock’s birthday. There were 12 performances that night and each musician paid tribute to one of the iconic musicians that performed at Woodstock, for the exception of Joni Mitchell, which was still a lovely addition, and let’s face it, everyone wishes she was there. There were also two poets and special guest, LP. LP performed as Jefferson Starship following the amazing Lauren Ruth Ward, who portrayed Janis Joplin that night. LP is one of the most important musicians I have admired for a long time so this was a special moment for me. This entire event was a beautiful homage to Woodstock.
Musicians: Lauren Ruth Ward, The Blank Tapes, Dwight Trible Music Johnathan Rice, Rachel Goodrich, Farmer Dave Scher, Lauren Barth, Desi Valentine, Chloe Fuller, Tawny Ellis, Knox White, Evan Hatfield, and LP.
Poets: Johnathan Rice and Jacqueline Suskin.