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Back to Woodstock for fundraising concert

By the time they got to Woodstock, they weren't exactly half a million strong. More like 300.

But it was still a party.

And, musician John Sebastian, who played at the original Woodstock in 1969, was the headliner.

The Woodstock Maryland Music Festival on June 21 drew a throng to a field alongside St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Howard County's Woodstock in what is intended to become an annual fundraising event.

"We had a great time. John Sebastian was a wonderful performer. It exceeded my expections," said organizer Luke Browning.

Browning is president of the Lazarus Caucus, an affiliation of about 25 Baltimore area churches that provides support for Baltimore County's homeless shelter in Catonsville. Money raised by Lazarus, including proceeds from the concert (tickets were $25), provides food, clothing, counselling, transportation and job placement for those at the shelter.

Browning said the local Woodstock festival is an outgrowth of a free concert held last Labor Day weekend. He said it is now intended to be an annual event.

From the moment he hit the stage and launched into "Do You Believe in Magic?", Sebastian had the crowd, spread out on a grassy slope, in his hand.

Sebastian, 70, is a founding member of the Lovin' Spoonful, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, he is known for hits including "Summer in the City," "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" and "Daydream."

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