Buy TicketsPete Seeger Centennial Concert
MusicThursday, May 23 • 7:00pm • $40, $35, $25
Part of the New York Living Legacy Series
Likely the best known folk singer of all time, Pete Seeger’s career as a musician was highlighted by great popular success with the group The Weavers and songs such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “If I Had a Hammer”; Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Medal of Arts, induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; and author of one of the most influential instrumental instruction books ever published “How to Play the 5-String Banjo.” He used his music to further social, humanitarian and environmental causes – most notably in the founding of the Clearwater in an effort to save the Hudson River, and one of his closest musical associates Arlo Guthrie will be joined by a baker’s dozen of artists including Amythyst Kiah, Cary Morin, Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza, Dar Williams, David Gonzalez, Guy Davis, Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Taina Asili, Tony Trischka, Toshi Reagon and Bill & Livia Vanaver – that are keeping his message alive for an evening of music, dance and poetry inspired by Pete Seeger in celebration of his centennial.
Net proceeds from the concert will benefit Clearwater, Caffe Lena and WAMC Public Radio.
In advance of the concert, The Egg will present the program “Wasn’t That a Time” featuring music writer Jesse Jarnow in a number of venues on May 3, 4 and 5. Mr. Jarnow will explore the life of Pete Seeger, focusing on the research done for his 2018 book “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul.” This intriguing volume details the trials of the four magically compatible singers led by Pete Seeger who rose to incredible popularity but whose socialist connections and anti-authoritarian ideologies got them professionally blacklisted at the height of their fame. Live music will be performed by banjoist Richie Stearns – who performed with or for Pete Seeger on numerous occasions, and was invited to score original music for an album that featured Mr. Seeger telling his life story over a music background – and folk fiddler Rosie Newton. The multi-media program will be enhanced by photo projections as well as recorded music by Pete Seeger and the Weavers.
All the events are free and open to the public – the schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, MAY 4:
11 AM: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland
1 PM: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar
3:30 PM: Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park
7 PM: Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy