Pete’s 100th Singalong Concert (Schenectady) @ pin Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady - UUSS
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Power of Song – Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday Party! (Pleasantville) @ Jacob Burns Film Center
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Power of Song - Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday Party! (Pleasantville) @ Jacob Burns Film Center

Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday Party!

FILM: Pete Seeger: The Power of SongThis “stirring, revelatory film” (Entertainment Weekly) is a terrific portrait of one of the most rousing artists of the 20th century, presented in all of his vigorous, committed glory. Musicians including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, and Peter, Paul and Mary discuss Seeger’s lasting influence on American music.Join us to celebrate Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday—and the 50th anniversary of the ship Clearwater—with film, music, and storytelling! In 1966, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, legendary musician, singer, songwriter, environmentalist, and peace advocate Pete Seeger declared he would build a boat to save the river. Three years later, the Clearwater, a majestic 106-foot sloop, was launched. With one of the first sailing ships to conduct onboard science-based environmental education, the Clearwater organization carries forward Seeger’s legacy by partnering with Hudson Valley schools and communities to educate and encourage youth to become active stewards of their environment and the Hudson River.

Pete Seeger Centennial Open Mike (Beacon) @ Towne Crier Cafe
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Pete Seeger Centennial Open Mike (Beacon) @ Towne Crier Cafe

Donations accepted to benefit Clearwater


Pete Seeger Centennial Art Exhibit (Beacon) @ Howland Cultural Center
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Pete Seeger Centennial Art Exhibit (Beacon) @ Howland Cultural Center

Month-long exhibit on Pete Seeger’s life, mostly images of him in various media, including paintings and photographs, and a grouping of paintings depicting scenes from Ecclesiastes, aka Turn, Turn, Turn.

Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration at Peoples Voice Cafe (NYC) @ People's Voice Cafe - Community Church of NY
May 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration at Peoples Voice Cafe (NYC) @ People's Voice Cafe - Community Church of NY

This year’s celebration of Pete Seeger will be an historic one. It’s Pete’s 100th birthday! So in addition to having a rollicking good time, featuring many of Pete’s favorite songs, sing-alongs and compositions, you might also discover something you did not know about Pete’s amazing and inspirational life. We will attempt in a two-hour program to cover many, if not most, of the different phases of his career, from his upbringing in a highly musical family and early influences through more than 75 years as a performer. Artists include Piedmont Blüz, Bev Grant, Hudson Valley Sally, Lindsey Wilson, Mike Glick, Vincent Cross, and others – maybe even a surprise guest or two! This concert will be a benefit for the Peoples’ Voice Cafe.

Turn, Turn, Turn! A Celebration of Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday (Poughkeepsie) @ Bardavon Theater
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Turn, Turn, Turn! A Celebration of Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday (Poughkeepsie) @ Bardavon Theater

Celebrating Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday in music & dance

Featuring the Vanaver Caravan & special guests Happy Traum, Tom Chapin, Maria Muldaur and the Southern Dutchess Coalition Choir. Includes more than 20 of Pete’s beloved songs, from children’s tunes to activist anthems, including We Shall Overcome, Big Muddy, Wimoweh, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and of course, Turn Turn Turn. The show features a variety of dance styles, from clogging to swing and Zulu gumboot dancing, and uses historical photos and recordings to take viewers on a journey through American history. Audiences leave the theater humming Pete’s timeless songs, moved by his enduring message, and inspired to make our world a better place.

Pete Seeger Centennial Concert featuring Arlo Guthrie (Albany) @ The Egg - Hart Theater
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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 KiahCary MorinDan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza,  Dar WilliamsDavid GonzalezGuy Davis,  Richie Stearns & Rosie NewtonTaina Asili,  Tony TrischkaToshi 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.