Clearwater’s Friday evening benefit concert to honor music impresario George Wein at Symphony Space featured a high energy event that featured performances by Pete Seeger, Tao Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, Guy Davis, David Amram with Adam and Alana Amram, Toshi Reagon, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Barone, and Power of Song.
Clearwater’s own Power of Song took to the stage to open the show with” Jacob’s Ladder”. Toshi Reagon set a tone with “There and Back Again.” Richard Barone dedicated his song, “God Understands” to Pete Seeger and was later joined onstage by an ensemble that included Guy Davis on harmonica, David Amram on flute, and the Chapins to perform his contemporary version of “The Sidewalks of New York”.
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On Friday night, Pete Seeger performed at the Clearwater Environmental Benefit at Symphony Space, a performing arts center at 2537 Broadway @ 95th Street.
Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, presented a benefit concert for their Environmental Education Programs. Performers included Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Suzanne Vega, Loudon Wainwright III, Guy Davis, David Amram, Toshi Reagon, Lucy Kaplansky, Tao Seeger and Richard Barone.
Seeger’s Grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger told the press that his Grandfather was “all fired up” about plans for a late-night march in New York City in support of Occupy Wall Street.
About 750 people attended Friday’s benefit concert, and Pete Seeger invited them all to join him outside after the show to walk and sing together.
They walked and sang down Broadway to Columbus Circle, at 59th Street.
That’s 36 blocks.
Pete Seeger is 92 years old.