FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2019
Clearwater Festival Tickets and Initial Artist Lineup Announced
BEACON, NY – The Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival), returning on June 15-16 has announced its initial artist lineup and kickoff ticket sales. The initial artist lineup for this year’s Clearwater Festival includes The Wailers, Ani DiFranco, Railroad Earth, The Mammals, Tom Paxton and the DonJuans, Joel Rafael, and Tom Chapin. Clearwater also looks forward to welcoming the powerful all-female folk trio, Antigone Rising; New York City’s favorite family-friendly singer, Joanie Leeds; the Connecticut State Troubadour, Kristen Graves; Flamenco artists Los Cintron; folk punk rocker, Matt Pless, Gregg Allman’s former lead guitarist and band leader, Scott Sharrard; folk rock artist, Roger Street Friedman; folk artist who some compare to Dylan, Thom Chacon, plus so many more. Visit Clearwaterfestival.org for the full list of artists.
Tickets are now available through Clearwaterfestival.org. The Clearwater Festival, which takes place at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY is known for its family friendly entertainment and educational activities, and includes free entry for kids under 11 years old. A youth ticket from 12-17-year-olds offers a discount to older kids, plus there is a senior, disabled, military and veteran discount, which makes bringing the whole family affordable. A current membership with Clearwater offers festival goers an additional 20% off ticket prices. Clearwater members also enjoy a range of perks throughout the year, including discounted sailing tickets (not offered on Revival weekend sails), discounts on Clearwater merchandise, an opportunity to volunteer on the sloop and at Revival, as well as vote on policies, board leadership and more.
Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2019 takes place on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY.
2019 brings two milestone anniversary dates for Clearwater; 50 years since the launch of the sloop Clearwater (May 17th), which today, sails the Hudson River as America’s Environmental Flagship – educating students about important environmental issues related to the Hudson through Clearwater’s sailing classroom program. Building a replica of a Hudson River sloop was inspired by Clearwater founder, folk legend, Pete Seeger, who would be turning 100 this year on May 3rd.
The Clearwater Festival will pay special tribute to Seeger and the sloop, celebrating both of these milestone anniversaries throughout 2019. Inspired by Seeger’s words and actions, the organization seeks to inspire attendees through Seeger’s words:
“Participation – That’s what’s gonna save the human race.”
The Festival is dependent on our many volunteers who work in all areas across the Festival. Clearwater will open up registration for volunteering in the coming weeks.
There are many unique offerings, which make the Festival experience memorable and keep festival-goers, volunteers, vendors, artisans and activists coming back year after year. Over the decades, the Festival has grown, adding new attractions every year. Clearwater intends to continue offering such attractions in 2019, to include: the Working Waterfront, offering rides on small boats and the tall ship, sloop Clearwater. The Handcrafters’ Village showcasing crafters and folk artists with quality handmade items, demonstrations and workshops. The Green Living Expo is the place to learn about sustainable products, services, concepts and technologies for informed lifestyle and business choices. The Discovery and Tideline tents feature Clearwater’s original hands-on environmental education programs and Hudson River research. The Environmental Action Tent highlights Clearwater’s watershed and environmental justice initiatives in our Hudson Valley communities. An Artisanal Food & Farm Market offers food sourced from the Hudson Valley. The Great Hudson River Revival is a destination for music fans and families alike, offering a plethora of family-oriented programming and activities.
The Clearwater Festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language Interpreters.
To stay up to date on all Clearwater Festival news and forthcoming ticket sales, please visit ClearwaterFestival.org.
The Great Hudson River Revival is produced by the nonprofit, member-supported, environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. All proceeds go directly to support Clearwater’s environmental education and advocacy.
History of the Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival)
Back in the mid-sixties, after centuries of accumulated sewage pollution and industrial dumping of toxic chemicals, the Hudson River, like many of America’s most important estuaries, was declared “dead”. The river’s fragile ecological system was devastated. Not a single fish was found in many areas, and the level of commercial fishing had dropped so dramatically as to be regarded as nonexistent. Recognizing this incredible social and environmental tragedy, in 1966, Pete Seeger decided “to build a boat to save the river” by holding small, fundraising river concerts throughout the Hudson River Valley where he opened his banjo case to collect contributions to build the sloop Clearwater, a tall ship that would become recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and a symbol of environmental advocacy. Since the 1960s, the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration, its music, dance and storytelling, education and activism attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River.
Past artists include: Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Citizen Cope, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant, Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Guster, Drive-By Truckers, Indigo Girls, Martin Sexton, Steve Earle, Bela Fleck, Lake Street Dive, Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, Angelique Kidjo, Richie Havens, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Billy Bragg, Hot Tuna, Josh Ritter, Punch Brothers, Dawes, The Lone Bellow, Blind Boys of Alabama and thousands more.
Founded over 50 years ago by world renowned musical artist and activist Pete Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as champion of the Hudson River. Clearwater is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River, its tributaries and related bodies of water.
Clearwater’s tireless work resulted in the passing of landmark legislation including The Clean Water Act. The organization provides innovative educational programs, environmental advocacy and musical celebrations, including the renowned annual Clearwater Festival, to inspire, educate, and activate millions of people.
Today, Clearwater is carrying forward Pete Seeger’s legacy, partnering with schools and community leaders to raise the bar of environmental education, realizing that this time the health of the Hudson River must go hand in hand with creating a sustainable world of green jobs in a green economy. Clearwater’s unique approach to public outreach has made the sloop Clearwater a symbol of grassroots action through hands-on learning, music and celebration.