For Pete’s Sake: A Salute to Seeger

Pete Seeger's right hand

Photograph by Thomas Lindsay

In January, Pete Seeger died, and with his passing America lost one of its greatest musical treasures. But Seeger’s spirit and music live on, and this weekend there will be numerous celebrations around the country – and probably all around the world – to honor what would have been Seeger’s 95th birthday on Saturday.

Here’s a round-up of some of the musical tributes and concert celebrations slated to take place around Nippertown this weekend:

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SATURDAY
A Special Open Mic: “Pete Seeger’s 95th Birthday Celebration”
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon
Saturday (May 3), 12noon
FREE
In recognition of what would have been Pete Seeger’s 95th birthday, the Towne Crier Cafe will be opening its doors from 12noon-3:30pm for a another FREE community open mic gathering, celebrating the life & music of this Beacon resident who changed the world. Come out to listen and maybe sing a song in the Pete Seeger tradition to celebrate the life and music of this great man. To perform, come in early to sign up. Hosted by artist Michael D’Antuono.

“Soundout: The Music Of Pete Seeger”
Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
Saturday (May 3), 7pm
$25, $40 & $50
Hosted by Happy Traum, it’s a Pete Seeger tribute and benefit concert for the Woodstock Day School and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, featuring David Aram, Larry Campbell, A.C. Newman, Tracy Bonham, Josh Ritter, Adrien Reju, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Eric Weissberg, Peter Dougan, the Woodstock Day School Advance Ensemble & Student Chorus and more…

Pete Seeger’s Birthday Party Sing-Along
A Place for Folk at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady
Saturday (May 3), 7pm
FREE
Hosted by Wanda Fisher of “Hudson River Sampler,” the tribute to the music and life of Pete Seeger features performances by George Ward, Addie & Olin-Unleashed!, Sybil Allyson (of Roots of Change) and Randy Jennings (of Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass). Donations are welcome to support ECOS programs to promote and protect the Mohawk River in Pete’s memory.

SUNDAY
“American Favorite Ballads: Songs from Folkways”
Grace United Methodist Church, Nassau
Sunday (May 4), 2pm
FREE
Lost Radio Rounders – the vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – perform a concert of songs culled from the series of albums that the late Pete Seeger recorded for the pioneering Folkways record label. A delightful mix of harmony, history and humor, the concert is presented by the Nassau Free Library.

“Jeff Haynes Presents: Pete Seeger, The Storm King”
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon
Sunday (May 4), 7:30pm
$30 in advance; $35 at the door
Jeff Haynes, world-renowned producer-percussionist, presents excerpts from Haynes’ & Pete Seeger’s Grammy-nominated audio collection, “Pete Seeger: The Storm King,” featuring Seeger’s recorded spoken words set to live music by Dar Williams, David Amram, Sara Milonovich, Richie Stearns, Jane Kelly Williams, Dave Richards, Heidi Breyer, Timothy Hill, Sean Harkness, C. Lanzbom, David Bernz, Jacob Bernz, Matt Turk and more in celebration of Pete’s 95th birthday.

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