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Bert Sommer
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Bert Sommer and band at Woodstock
Performed on Day 1
Started at 7.35 pm, Friday, 15th
Played for 40 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Sweetwater at 6.15 pm
Next artist Tim Hardin at 8.30 pm

Bert Sommer played on Friday, August 15th. According to the website[1], which is published in honor of Bert Sommer, he started his set at 8:20 pm. This is probably not correct since the video shows that there is still enough daylight though there are clouds. Sunset occured around 8.00 pm[2] so he must have played earlier. The official timing from the master reels revealed that he started in fact at 7.35 pm.

Bert Sommer played for about 40 minutes accompanied by a bass and a second guitarist. Since he was a talented Folk artist he fit perfectly in the Friday band schedule.


  • Bert Sommer - guitar, vocals
  • Charlie Bilello - bass
  • Ira Stone - guitar, organ, harmonica


  1. Jennifer
  2. The Road to Travel
  3. I Wondered Where You'd Be
  4. She's Gone
  5. Things Are Goin' My Way
  6. And When It's Over
  7. Jeanette
  8. America
  9. A Note That Read
  10. Smile


Bert Sommer's setlist is based upon information from his website. It was confirmed in 2009 in the book The Road to Woodstock[3].


"America" was made available on Bert Sommer's website[4] as an MP3 file. "Jennifer" can be found on Woodstock Diaries. "She's Gone", "Things Are Going My Way" and "A Note that Read" are available on Ken Bielen's audience tape. Also, "Jennifer", "And When It's Over" and "Smile" are included on the 40th anniversary box set Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm.

The complete set can be found on 2019's Woodstock - Back to the Garden.