Levon Helm to be buried next to The Band's Rick Danko

Levon Helm performs on the mandolin during a Ramble performance at Helm's barn in Woodstock, N.Y. AP

(CBS News) After a private funeral, Levon Helm will be buried Friday in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band's singer and bassist, who died in 1999.

On Thursday, musicians, friends and fans had a chance to pay their respects to Helm,  the singer and drummer for The Band, who died of throat cancer last week at age 71.

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According to the Associated Press, nearly 2,000 people attended the wake on Thursday, held at the barn where Helm hosted his Midnight Ramble concerts. Buses went back and forth, bringing fans and friends from Woodstock's village area to Helm's home and studio.

Helm's closed casket, located in the second-floor studio of the barn, was surrounded by his drum kit and a piano.

The Band released its debut album,"Music From Big Pink," in 1968. The group's sophomore album featured the songs "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"