Posted in music | tour dates on March 18, 2009

Pete Seeger

The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, a star-studded, one night only concert event celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday, will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 7PM, at Madison Square Garden. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will benefit and raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by Pete Seeger, which strives to preserve and protect the Hudson River. Seeger, a legendary folk singer, political activist and avid environmentalist, has long inspired social change through his extraordinary life and music. The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders will feature over 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, Taj Mahal, Eddie Vedder, and Keller Williams. The evening, hosted by Clearwater, will focus on ensemble renditions of musical treasures inspired by Pete Seeger.

American Express pre-sale tickets will be available starting Monday, March 23 at 9AM. Public on-sale will begin Monday, March 30 at 9AM. 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. For more information, please visit

Full confirmed artist lineup below...

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


Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is an environmental organization with the mission to preserve and protect the Hudson River through inspiration, education and action. Legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger founded the organization in 1966 when he decided to "build a boat to save the river" with the belief that a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river, where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Thus inspired, the 106-feet-long tall ship Clearwater was launched three years later.

Since 1969 almost half a million people have experienced the Hudson River first-hand-its living organisms, water chemistry and ecological principals-aboard the sloop Clearwater. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 for its role in the environmental movement, the Clearwater was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, effectively creating a template by which such programs are conducted around the world today. Clearwater's environmental education programs now serve more than 15,000 students and their teachers annually, and the organization's members have helped push for passage of the landmark Clean Water Act and fight for removal of toxic PCB's from the Hudson.

To help raise awareness for its mission, Clearwater presents the Great Hudson River Revival each June at Croton Point Park, located in Westchester County, an hour north of New York City. This two-day music festival will take place June 20-21, 2009. Tickets go on sale on March 17, 2009. Year after year, Clearwater's unique approach to public outreach has made the Clearwater a symbol of grassroots action through hands-on learning, music and celebration.



Comments (42)

Not bad for $19.19....if I can get those..

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:09 PM

Jeez. I imagine this show will sell out in three seconds. Seems to be the trend lately.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:12 PM

Wow, this going to affect the Dark Was the Night Concert draw that same night?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:16 PM

Are they required to sell tickets through Ticketbastard because this will take place at MSG? Is there a way to buy tickets without paying fees?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:16 PM


who's gonna win?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:30 PM

simple question:

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:48 PM

acts in their prime vs. over the hill acts

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:49 PM

waterworld ftw

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:53 PM

they gots to get david byrne now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 1:59 PM

can we bring 90 rocks to throw at dave matthews?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:13 PM

i'd rather throw them at ben harper.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:23 PM

yeah.... it would be pretty sweet to get $20 tickets. I'm sure they're going to be in the 400 section... but still.

Posted by wembley | March 18, 2009 2:23 PM

Yeah, those $20 tickets would be great regardless of location, but there is probably a total of 100 or something.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:30 PM

" with a majority priced at $90 to honor Pete's birthday. "

lol they must think people who read this are dumb. it's one thing to be like "look all of this money is going to charity so it's expensive fine..." but to make it like you're getting a steal at $90 is pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 2:54 PM

"can we bring 90 rocks to throw at dave matthews?"
..."i'd rather throw them at ben harper."



Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 3:02 PM

cockburn is terrible

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 3:24 PM

No Vivs?

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 18, 2009 3:29 PM

A Pete Seeger tribute without Mastodon is no Pete Seeger tribute at all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2009 3:35 PM

Wow, 90th bday. That's dope!

Posted by Danny Trejo | March 18, 2009 10:46 PM

3:24 - he's got some jewels among the clunkers. Not terrible, but he could use an editor.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 9:28 AM

9:28 - I'm sorry, I didn't mean Bruce Cockburn, I meant cock-burn. Never heard the guy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 9:42 AM

If it's anything like this:, this show should be amazing.

Posted by Matt | March 19, 2009 2:11 PM

True, 9:42, no one likes cock-burn.

Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2009 2:56 PM

Woody Guthrie would be proud. ;)

Posted by Michael Chagnon | March 19, 2009 9:44 PM

anybody got an axe?, no i mean a real axe - with a sharp edge - to cut the power to his mic. an immortal - but not in a good way.

Posted by drunkenstepdad | March 22, 2009 8:05 PM

Was anyone able to get tix to this? The amex presale was gone in like a minute. Fuck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 9:30 AM

Got tickets for the all access tour at 3pm that day! luck on concert tickets though...

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 9:41 AM

Opening the show will be the greatest environmental leader of our time...WILL BERMAN.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2009 1:52 PM

Check Ebay, that's were I got mine, no ticketbastard fees $50 200 section. Does anyone know how long this concert will be, 40+ proformers, what's it gonna be 1 song then off the stage each? Dave Matthews, and Eddie Vedder on acoustic guitars will be awesome. Can due without Cougar Mellencamp. Dylan, joining Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce, Vedder, Matthews, Morello and Seeger would be historic. Where's Dylan? And Bring some Old Blues Legends Honey Boy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins are 95+ and still playing.

Posted by Tom | April 23, 2009 11:37 PM

Digging Slavery's Grave describes the agenda of Pete's life work and his mentoring gave us all a taste of it.

Thank you Pete, for all the Folksay beneifit concerts and celbrations...


Posted by Raleigh | May 1, 2009 6:04 PM

Is this going to be televised live on TV, or later?
Can't find out on Google...
Now that's its sold out, Pete would want to share his music with the entire world!

Posted by Frank Fulchiero | May 2, 2009 10:30 AM

Just announced that it's being recorded by PBS for showing late summer on Great Performances. I can see it now... A pledge week bonanza with the DVD of the "complete show with hours of additional material that we didn't have room to broadcast" for a $360 donation... They'll get me to spring for it...

Posted by Robbie | May 3, 2009 3:14 PM

eddie vedder didn't show up...but it was amazing nonetheless... tom morello was the unexpected VIP of the night

Posted by liz | May 3, 2009 10:32 PM

anybody have a set list to post? thanks

Posted by fran | May 3, 2009 10:44 PM

...or even a URL for a set list?

BTW Rufus showed up un-announced. More than makes up for Vedder IMHO. Anyhow, where else are you going to hear Arlo Guthrie and Emmylou Harris duetting backed up by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band? Seriously. Yeah, Tom Morello performed with just about everybody & was great. Nice duet with Bruce at the end on Ghost of Tom Joad.

Posted by Fred | May 4, 2009 11:13 AM

Sorry, but I only have some of the set list. There were so many acts and quite a few songs that I didn't know. BIGGEST THRILLS of the night were Richie Havens (the guy sounded amazing and did a karate kick at the end) and Dave Matthews, whose falsetto notes on "Rye Whiskey" blew away the audience. The entire show (with intermission) ran for 4.5 hours....good thing because there were a few missteps with sound/wrong lyrics during the show. PBS will have an awesome program on their hands if they whittle this down to 2 hours.

My biggest gripe was that Springsteen only sang one song. It would've been nice to hear him do "Hobo's Lullaby." The audience seemed bummed, but overall, an interesting night.


If I Had a Hammer - John Mellencamp

Hey Jesus - John Mellencamp

Which Side Are You On - Ani Defranco & Bruce Cockburn

John Henry - Tom Paxton, Tom Morello & others

Dear Mr. President - Mike Franti & Patterson Hood

Oh, Freedom - Group

The Internationale - Billy Bragg

I'm Sticking to the Union - Billy Bragg, Dar Williams & Lenny Pickett

Sailing Up, Sailing Down - Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon & Guy Davis

The Water Is Wide - Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thomspon, McGarrigle Sisters & Rufus and Martha Wainwright

Freedom/Motherless Child - Richie Havens

Maggie's Farm - Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin' Jack Elliot & Del McCoury

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy - Taj Mahal & Guy Davis

Turn, Turn, Turn - Roger McGuinn

Garbage - Tom Chapin & Oscar the Grouch

Rye Whiskey - Dave Matthews

The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morell0

This Land Is Your Land - ALL

Happy Birthday - ALL

Posted by BrianNYC | May 4, 2009 6:35 PM

Here's a review of the concert...

Posted by BrianNYC | May 4, 2009 7:05 PM

Well there were some songs I didnt know and definitely a number of artists whose names I couldnt get down fast enough. But this is the setlist I have:

Pan flute solo – Pete Seeger
Native American Indian Alliance Tribute
If I Had a Hammer – John “Cougs” Mellencamp
A Ride Back Home – John “Cougs” Mellencamp
Emcee – Tim Robbins
____ - NYC Labor Choir
Which Side Are You On – Ani DiFranco and BruceCockburn
John Henry – Tom Morello, Tom Paxton (and 2 others)
Hey Mr President – Patterson Hood, Michael Franti with Laura Cortese and Eric Weissberg
Yell Fire –Patterson Hood, Michael Franti with Laura Cortese and Eric Weissberg
Oh Freedom – Toshi Reagon, Abigail Washburn, Guy Davis and Patterson Hood
Internationale (a ccapella) – Billy Bragg
I’m Sticking to the Union – Billy Bragg, Dar Williams and Lenny Pickett
Sailing Up, Sailing Down – Pete Seeger, Steve Earl, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Toshi Reagon
The Love of You- Steve Earl, Warren Haynes, Guy Davis
The Water is Wide - Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, the Sparrow Duo, NYC Labor Choir
Farethewell – Bruce Cockburn, Teddy Thompson, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Sparrow Duo, NYC Labor Choir
Banjo Melody (including Happy Birthday)– Bela Fleck, Tony trischka
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy – Tom Morello and Taj Mahal
Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Joan Baez
Tim Robbins story
Pete Seeger Poem – Ruby Dee and Bela Fleck
Bring ‘em Home – Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Patterson Hood, Warren Haynes, New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tyler Ramsey and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses)
We Shall Overcome – The entire cast of musicians


Speech – Norman Lear
Amazing Grace – Pete Seeger (audience singalong)
Garbage – Tom Chapin and Oscar the Grouch
Hole in the Bucket – Kris Kristofferson and Ani DiFranco
Little Boxes – Tommy Sands and his Irish Band
Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore– Tim Robbins, Tony Trischka, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and a bunch I didn’t know
Freedom/Motherless Child – Richie Havens
Jacobs Ladder – Joan Baez, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Larry Long, Scarlet Lee Moore, Mike and Ruthy Merenda
Mary Don’t You Weep – Arlo Guthrie, Del McCoury, US Representative John Hall and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
It Takes a Worried Man – Arlo Guthrie, Bill Nershi, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger
___ - Ben Harper, Ellen Verdries, Tom Morello and Sue Chase
Story/Spoken Word – Peggy Seeger
Maggies Farm – Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin Jack Elliot, Warren Haynes, Keller Williams, Ritchie Havens, Taj Mahal
Turn, Turn, Turn! – Roger McGuinn, Ben Bridwell and Tyler Ramsey
___ – Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Tony Trischka, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Rye Whiskey – Dave Matthews
Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello
This Land is Your Land – All Artists
Happy Birthday – All artists and the audience
Parade offstage to The Saints Go Marching In – Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Well May the World Go – All Artists
This Little Light of Mine – All Artists
Goodnight Irene – Pete Seeger, Pete Seeger’s Older Brother, All Artists

Posted by Reverend Dave | May 5, 2009 9:08 PM

Why didn't Juanes perform? what happened? That would have been ridiculously awesome.

Posted by michelle | May 18, 2009 8:50 PM

I would have given anything to be there. Pete Seeger has been my hero since my teen years in the 60s. I bought every album he ever made - first in vinyl, then audio cassette and again in DVD. The fact that he was hauled before the McCarthy Hearings and didn't cave in and name names won my heart forever. May he live and keep singing til he is 120.

Posted by Peg Adams | May 19, 2009 11:08 AM


Posted by Bert Grudevall | June 12, 2009 6:05 PM

"Our plight shall be heard and seen... even tho PBS cut us Native Americans Indians out! Victorio Roland Mousaa (I performed at MSG)

Posted by Victorio Roland Mousaa | August 2, 2009 10:53 AM

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