On Saturday April 15, 2017, The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, hosts Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend in the Concert Hall. This one-night-only event will celebrate the artistry and lasting influence of GRAMMY-winning American folk icon Pete Seeger with some of yesterday and today’s most beloved artists performing his memorable classics. The musical evening will feature GRAMMY winners Rosanne Cash with John Levanthal, Judy Collins, and Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), along with Tony Trischka and Josh White Jr., Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds), David Amram, recent GRAMMY® nominee Luther Dickinson with Sharde Thomas, Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody Guthrie) and Johnny Irion, Kaia Kater, The Last Internationale, Tom Paxton with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer among others.
As a singer, folk-song collector, and songwriter, GRAMMY® winner Pete Seeger spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change and remains an influential presence in the American folk music scene, even after his passing on January 27, 2014. He became a cultural hero through his outspoken commitment to the antiwar and civil rights struggles in the 1960s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s and beyond. He wrote a number of folk standards, including “If I Had a Hammer” (with Lee Hays), “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, “Jacob’s Ladder” and his classic adaptation of a poem by Cuban writer Jose Marti, “Guantanamera”—among many others.
Patron notice: This performance will be recorded for later broadcast.