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Mar 182009

From Green Right Now Reports

The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, a concert celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday, has been announced for May 3 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Seeger, which strives to preserve and protect the Hudson River.

Seeger, the legendary folk singer, political activist and avid environmentalist, has long inspired social change through his life and music.

The concert will include more than 40 artists representing a wide variety of musical genres and generations, including Joan Baez, Ben Harper, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, Michael Franti, Emmylou Harris, Juanes, John Mellencamp, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder. The artists will focus on ensemble renditions of musical works inspired by Pete Seeger.

“Pete Seeger’s historic contributions to the environmental movement and the fight for social justice have inspired millions of people,” Jeff Rumpf, Executive Director for Clearwater, said in a statement.
“Approaching 90, his great deeds shine on and continue to remind us that nothing is beyond our reach. Clearwater thanks the many gracious musicians gathering to celebrate Pete’s life and help create a living legacy in his honor: the next generation of environmental leaders.”

Here is a list of some of the artists scheduled to perform:

  • Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Bela Fleck
  • Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
  • Ben Harper
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • Billy Bragg
  • Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident)
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Dar Williams
  • Dave Matthews
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Guy Davis
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
  • Joan Baez
  • John Mellencamp
  • Juanes
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  • Keller Williams
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Larry Long
  • Michael Franti
  • Mike & Ruthy Merenda
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury
  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
  • Richie Havens
  • Silvio Rodriguez
  • Steve Earle
  • Taj Mahal
  • Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
  • Tom Chapin
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
  • Tom Paxton
  • Warren Haynes


  • 7 pm May 3, Madison Square Garden
  • American Express pre-sale tickets on sale Monday, March 23, 2009 at 9 a.m.; Public on-sale Monday, March 30, 2009 at 9 a.m.
  • Tickets are available via and range from $19.19-$250, with a majority priced at $90 to honor Pete’s birthday
  • Special Clearwater Legacy Tickets will also be available
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  • Visit for more information on Clearwater and its programs