Albany to Celebrate Pete Seeger’s Centennial

This May marks 100 years since the birth of Pete Seeger. Although the world lost this preeminent folk singer and activist five years ago, his work lives on. The Egg will host a Pete Seeger Centennial concert on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Earlier in the month, the Egg will sponsor a “New York Living Legacy” series featuring multimedia performances celebrating the life and works of Seeger.

The Pete Seeger Centennial concert will be an evening of music, dance and poetry. Arlo Guthrie, one of Seeger’s closest friends, will be joined on stage by Amythyst Kiah, Cary Morin, Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza,  Dar Williams, David Gonzalez, Guy Davis,  Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton, Taina Asili,  Tony Trischka, Toshi Reagon and Bill & Livia Vanaver. Tickets are on sale now through The Egg’s website, with net proceeds going to support Clearwater, Caffe Lena and WAMC Public Radio.

Arlo Guthrie

On May 3, 4, and 5, The Egg will present the program “Wasn’t That a Time.” The multimedia presentation features music writer Jesse Jarnow, author of the 2018 book Wasn’t That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul.  This volume details the trials of the four singers, led by Pete Seeger. who rose to incredible popularity but whose socialist connections and anti-authoritarian ideologies got them professionally blacklisted at the height of their fame. Live music will be performed by banjoist Richie Stearns and folk fiddler Rosie Newton. Photos of Seeger will be incorporated into the program, as well as recorded music by Pete Seeger and the Weavers. These events are free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, MAY 3:

Noon: Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs

7 p.m.: Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls

SATURDAY, MAY 4:

11 a.m.: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland

1 p.m.: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave, Delmar

3:30 p.m.: Clifton Park – Half Moon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park

7 p.m.: Sanctuary for Independent Media,  3361 6th Avenue, Troy

SUNDAY, MAY 5:

12:30 p.m.: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs

3 p.m.: Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Rd, Voorheesville