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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival - Come Celebrate Pete and Toshi Seeger and Clearwater on June 21st & 22nd
June 16, 2014
The 2014 Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, honoring Clearwater Co-founders, Pete & Toshi Seeger, has a special significance due to the passing of Pete Seeger in January and Toshi Seeger last July. Pete was 94 when he died, an age which for most would mean quiet retirement. Pete, though, kept busy until the very end with his music, social and environmental activism. Toshi, Pete's life-long partner of 70 years passed away at the age of 93 in 2013, she, too, a ferocious activist to the end. When Toshi died in 2013, a New York Times article called her a "driving force" Pete was quoted as saying: "She was the brains of the family."
Waterkeeper Alliance Board member, Karl S. Coplan, noted on the passing of Pete Seeger: "It may be a hyperbole to say that there would be no environmental laws without Pete Seeger, but the world-famous musician and activist, who died at age 94 in New York City on January 27th, played a huge role in galvanizing the environmental movement. His great gift was the power of song – not just as performance, but also as political participation."
Pete Seeger is a Legend with a Capital L. He is an American Icon with a capital I. He sang in protest to support the labor movement in the 1940s, defied the House Un-American Activities Committee and the scourge of McCarthyism in the 1950s, created the Civil Rights anthem of the 1960s, “We Shall Overcome”, and marched along side Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. His songs such as "Turn, Turn, Turn", were a major inspiration with profound impact throughout the Anti-war movement during the Vietnam War Era. He influenced and guided a generation of remarkable musicians including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Richie Havens, Emily Lou Harris, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Judy Collins, Steve Earle and Arlo Guthrie. His 90th birthday party, a sold out concert at Madison Square Garden, attracted many of these same artists to not only celebrate the man, but also, of course, support his environmental advocacy organization, Clearwater.
Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the toxic pollution and infuse life back into a "dead" Hudson River, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise funds to build the sloop, Clearwater. The sea-worthy vessel has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action. Since the 1960s, the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration, attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River. The event features seven sustainably-powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming, a Green Living Expo and boat rides.
If you live in NYC, it's a pleasant, scenic, short Metro-North Train ride up the Hudson River. Come celebrate Pete and Toshi Seeger's astounding contribution to America on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park. Musicians performing over the weekend include Tom Chapin, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Tom Paxton, Holly Near, Josh White Jr., Garland Jeffreys, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Some other amazing headliners include Lucinda Williams,Norah Jones with her new project, Puss N Boots, and Rufus Wainwright.
The Clearwater Festival is this seminal environmental group's biggest fundraiser of the year. So, if you can attend the concert, you not only will have a fantastic time in a magical setting, you will lend Clearwater support that is needed now more than ever. To assist those on a tight budget, Clearwater has lowered tickets prices and service fees this year. Plus, Kids,12 & under, get in for Free! Make it a Family Affair this year as we say Farewell to our great and glorious, never to be forgotten, Co-founders, Pete & Toshi Seeger!
The 2014 Clearwater Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9 AM.
To purchase your Revival tickets, please visit the Festival website at ClearwaterFestival.org or call 877-435-9849.