Legendary entertainer James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006. Not only was he The Godfather Of Soul but the man and the musicians around him practically invented funk. His influence and legacy are cemented forever in the music he helped to create.
On July 23, 1999, Brown teamed up with another legendary institution: Woodstock. 1999 marked the 30th anniversary of the famed festival and the organizers, including original mastermind Michael Lang, decided to celebrate the occasion by putting on another in Rome, New York following the 25th anniversary outing in 1994. But the atmosphere of the late-1990s was much different than in the late-1960s and while massive like the original, Woodstock 1999 certainly wasn’t the same love fest.
But one thing that hadn’t changed was James Brown’s command of a band and audience. While he didn’t play the original festival, Brown was a highlight of the 1999 edition. Always the consummate showman, JB didn’t take the East Stage until 18 minutes into his set, letting his band The Soul Generals, singer Tommi Rae — who paid tribute to Janis Joplin — and the Bitter Sweets singers further hype up the rowdy crowd. But when James did hit the stage, it was showtime.
He delivered classics like “Get Up Offa That Thing,” “Living In America,” “Get On The Good Foot,” “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “(I Got You) I Feel Good,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” and more. At about an hour into his set, Brown also honored another original Woodstock performer, Jimi Hendrix.
To remember James Brown, watch his entire Woodstock 1999 set below via James Brown on MV: