The Egg Celebrates the Pete Seeger Centennial With an All-Star Concert & More

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Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger

Photograph by Thomas Lindsay

The Egg will host the Pete Seeger Centennial Concert at 7pm on Thursday, May 23, as well as a series of related events in various Greater Nippertown venues from Friday-Sunday, May 3-5, as part of its 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.

At The Egg, one of Seeger’s closest musical associates Arlo Guthrie will lead an evening of music, dance and poetry. In keeping Seeger’s message alive, 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.

Priced at $25, $35 & $40, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Wednesday (February 20). Net proceeds from the concert will benefit Clearwater, Caffe Lena and WAMC Public Radio.

In addition to the all-star concert, The Egg will present the free program “Wasn’t That a Time,” featuring music writer Jesse Jarnow in a number of venues around town from Friday-Sunday, May 3-5. Jarnow will examine the life of Pete Seeger, focusing on the research he’s done for his 2018 book, “Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist and the Battle for the American Soul,” which details the trials of the four magically compatible singers led by Seeger who rose to incredible popularity but whose socialist connections and anti-authoritarian ideologies got them professionally blacklisted at the height of their fame.

Jarnow’s multimedia presentations will feature live music by the banjo-and-fiddle duo of Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, photo projections and recorded music by Pete Seeger and The Weavers.

Here’s the schedule for Jarnow’s free “Wasn’t That a Time” program:

FRIDAY, MAY 3

12noon: Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
7pm: Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls

SATURDAY, MAY 4

11am: Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland
1pm: Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar
3:30pm: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, Clifton Park
7pm: Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy

SUNDAY, MAY 5

12:30pm: Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs
3pm: Voorheesville Public Library, Voorheesville

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