Folk Sessions celebrates Pete Seeger
Folk sessions is celebrating Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday and his nearly 70 years as a performer with a show Friday, May 3, at the Center for Spiritual Living.
The idea for the show came when interviewing Tom Chapin for Folk Sessions, Director Tom Agostino said. Chapin mentioned he did a radio show in New York that centered on Seeger and pre-celebrating his 100th birthday, which is on May 3, he said.
“My birthday’s May 5 and my daughter’s birthday is May 3,” Agostino said. “So instantly, without a second thought, I said ‘We’re having a concert.'”
The 7 p.m. show will see performances by Agostino and his wife, Christa Agostino, With Strings Attached, Jo Berger, Lisa Amore and Meg Bohrman. Not only is it a chance for musicians who are really good friends to get together and sing a whole bunch of good songs, but also for the audience to be able to have fun and sing along with them, Tom Agostino said.
It’s not going to be a huge concert either, but just a chance to have some fun, he added.
Tickets are $22 and available online at www.fslpeteseeger100.eventbrite.com. The Yavapai County Climate Change Coalition and organizations engaged in climate change and social justice will have information on tables in the Center for Spiritual Living Hall.
Seeger, whose songs include “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Down by the Riverside” embodied the ideals of folk music which are communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity and inclusiveness, Agostino wrote in a news release.
“The songs he has written, and those he has discovered and shared, have helped preserve our cultural heritage, imprinting adults and children with the sounds, traditions and values of our global past and present … Pete Seeger embodied the ideals of folk music – communication, entertainment social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness,” the release states with Agostino later adding, “He just loved to sing and loved to have people come together and share.”
The Center for Spiritual Living is located at 3755 Willow Creek Road. For more information, visit www.folksessions.com.