Pete Seeger, American icon and folk legend and Clearwater founder, along with grandson Tao Seeger will lead a remarkable line up for a special benefit concert, Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration, to take place April 22, 2011, at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY.
Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration grew out of the 2011 Great Hudson River Revival, Clearwater’s annual festival and fundraiser, which is held annually on Father’s Day weekend in June. This year the Clearwater Festival is also titled “Clearwater Generations.” “Clearwater’s environmental mission is about inspiring and educating the next generation, and we have applied this theme to music,” said concert organizer, Steve Lurie. “Honoring tradition while looking toward the future has always been a major part of the Clearwater Festival. The Generations concert is all about classic Clearwater artists performing and inspiring their children and grandchildren, and carrying on their legacy through song.”
Featured artists in addition to Pete Seeger and Tao Seeger include Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow, Bernice Johnson Reagon & Toshi Reagon, and David Amram and Family. Performances by Clearwater friends and special guests including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Guy Davis, Rufus Cappadocia and the Power of Song, and others will round out Clearwater’s Earth Day Celebration.
Tickets for the Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration concert range in price from $48 to $98, and are now on sale to the public. A limited number of premium tickets that include premium seating and a post concert reception with the artists are also available for $250.
Tickets are now on sale at Tarrytown Music Hall and can be purchased at www.tarrytownmusichall.org, or call 877-840-0457. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Tarrytown Music Hall, located in Westchester County, is just 35 minutes north of New York City at 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, NY. The Music Hall is a short walk up the street from the Metro North train station.
About the Generations Artists:
Legendary folk musician and activist, Pete Seeger has recorded and performed tirelessly throughout his long career, honoring the folksingers’ commitment to spread the word and involve the audience. Seeger founded the organization Clearwater in 1966 when he decided to “build a boat to save the river” with the belief that a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Thus inspired, the 106-feet-long tall ship Clearwater was launched in 1969.
Peter Yarrow’s ability to write songs about social concerns made him an internationally recognized singer and songwriter. His part in the success of Peter, Paul & Mary has made him a folk legend.
Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, Janis Ian is also a published author and lecturer. Her 1975 album Between the Lines went platinum and the single “At Seventeen” reached the Top Three and won a Grammy.
Winner of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 1999, Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tender bonds of family, friends, and community.
America’s favorite family entertainer, Tom Chapin is a gifted singer who charms audiences of all ages. His remarkable musicianship, great songwriting and personal warmth shine through in his many award winning recordings and videos, but particularly in his concerts that are special experiences for young and old alike.
Though perhaps most widely known as the founder and guiding force of the Washington, D.C. – based women’s group “Sweet Honey in the Rock,” Bernice Johnson Reagon is also a noted political activist, a Distinguished Professor at Washington’s American University, and a Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.
Livingston Taylor has enthralled audiences for forty years with a diverse original repertoire of country, folk, bluegrass, and blues. His top forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You,” and “I’ll Come Running” launched his career, and a steady song output has characterized his performances ever since.
David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film two operas. A pioneer player of jazz French horn, Amram is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries.
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are performers, composers and teachers specializing in 19th and 20th century American folk songs and dance music. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, they have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene.
Updating the rural blues tradition for the modern era, Guy Davis was among the most prominent ambassadors of African-American art and culture of his generation, additionally winning great acclaim for his work in the theater.
Tao Seeger is the eldest grandchild of folk singer Pete Seeger. Tao was co-founder of the folk/rock groups RIG (Rodriguez/Irion/Guthrie) with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and The Mammals with Mike & Ruthy Merenda before beginning starting his own group, the Tao Seeger Band.
Daugher of Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon was described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” and by Pop Matters as “a treasure waiting to be found,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music.
Daughter of Peter Yarrow, Bethany Yarrow is a singer-songwriter, filmmaker and activist. She performs with a number of different ensembles including Bethany & Rufus Roots Quartet (with Rufus Cappadocia)
Cellist Rufus Cappadocia is a multi-lingual musician, performer, composer and recording artist of incredible range and diversity.
Clearwater’s Power of Song is a vivacious group of young musicians who have meaningful traditional, new and original songs to share. These 15-21 year-olds participate in Clearwater’s Power of Song apprentice program, which exposes Hudson Valley students to socially conscious music and empowers them to be active on issues that concern them through song.