The GRAMMY Museum wows with Woodstock exhibit

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The GRAMMY Museum Woodstock exhibit
The GRAMMY Museum Woodstock exhibit photos by Will Loschiavo

Prudential Center in Newark will host The GRAMMY Museum until October 6 

As Summer winds down, if you are looking to experience a one of a kind activity, The GRAMMY Museum Experience™ adjoined to Newark’s Prudential Center provides all of that and more. Recently, The GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center revealed to the public their latest exhibit, Woodstock: Fifty Years Down the Road.

The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Albums of the Year
The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Albums of the Year

The showcase features over 40 original photographs by famed Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz. The showcase details the intricate highs and lows of the iconic three-day music festival which forever changed American pop culture and the music industry. The images provide a first-hand glimpse into what it was like to be alive during one of the most revolutionary times in American history.

The exhibit is part of a much larger revitalization which is giving back to the community in Newark. “We are doing a lot of public programming here,” Mark Conklin, Director of Artist Relations & Programming, said. “Our idea is to build artists and audiences as well as to educate audiences. For our younger demographic, we are teaching young people how to write songs, audio production, and the fundamentals of the music business, which is my background. We are trying to develop the next generation of GRAMMY award winners right here in New Jersey. Granted, this is not going to be the outcome for every child. So, in lieu of that we also host workshops. For instance, we hold a workshop called Music of the Civil Rights Movement, where we teach how music had such a major impact on the movement and how music makes a difference. That is something we thoroughly try to convey.”

There is something for everyone at Newark’s archetypal The GRAMMY Museum Experience™ at the Prudential Center. The exhibit is an effort to offer a wide array of inspirational and educational productions for all ages. “For older audiences, we host programs where we educate them on the creative process,” said Conklin. “For example, one of the programs we house is called An Evening With… Thus far we have hosted this special event with Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz and Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire.”

The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Whitney Houston outfits
The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Whitney Houston outfits

“Coming up we will have DJ Khaled, The Zombies who just got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and The Smithereens who just got inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.” Conklin said they enjoy being able to provide audiences with an up close and personal look into what artists go through. “This is not a fluff interview but rather a conversation where your favorite artists discuss the creative process, how they make their music,” he said. What they have experienced professionally and personally. And ultimately permitting the audience to interact with them and hear them perform in a highly intimate setting. We even host a series on emerging artists called The Drop.

The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Bruce Springsteen items
The GRAMMY Museum exhibit of Bruce Springsteen items

One might assume tickets would cost more than the actual concerts held in the arena. However, events at The GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center are open to the public and affordable. “We try to keep ticket prices relatively low to give something to the community that is accessible being as the cost of concerts can be overwhelming, said Conklin. “The museum tickets range from $7-10. Whereas most of the artist programs range from $15-25. We want to keep prices reasonable. The artists are by and large volunteering their time. They come because they want to give back to Newark and be involved in music education. Any net proceeds go right back into the cause.”

Woodstock: 50 Years Down the Road runs until Sunday, October 6, 2019. Tickets can be purchased on-site or online. The GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

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