Richie Havens is one of the iconic figures of folk music. He was already a household name in folk music circles when he was asked to open the Woodstock festival in 1969. His 3+ hour set made him a legend, and his song “Freedom” (an improvisation on the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”) was heard around the world on the documentary movie from the festival.
His evocative voice and percussive guitar strumming still intact, he has maintained a busy schedule in the 40 years since, even finding time to make an appearance in the film “I’m Not There,” Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan movie. Since the mid 1970s has spent time on the Northwind Undersea Institute, an oceanographic children’s museum in the Bronx that he founded.