Posted in music | pictures on May 3, 2009

photos by Eric Townsend

Jeff Tweedy
Pete Seeger

"Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's sold out "Spring Splash" benefit concert on Saturday night [March 28] at Beacon High School, Beacon, NY, was a big success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the organization's education and environmental action programs. The concert, which featured Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a rare solo acoustic setting, also included a special encore with Clearwater founder Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

Pete Seeger opened the show with Dan Einbender, Clearwater's Tideline Discovery Program Director, and together they led a chorus of fourth graders from Beacon's J. V. Forrestal Elementary School known as "The Kids From Room 12" in a rousing set of songs about protecting the Hudson River and other cause-related issues.

Tweedy performed for more than an hour and a half, delighting the capacity crowd of a thousand people, many of them ardent fans, with his music and storytelling. Several of Tweedy's songs led to impromptu sing-a-longs, and he finished his show by singing two songs at the lip of the stage without any amplification, a salute to another environmental cause, Earth Hour, which was taking place nationally on Saturday night.

"This great night for Clearwater exemplifies what we do best: raise awareness and inspire people to take action," said Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Clearwater. "We're presently working on our 'Next Generation Legacy Project' to create new green leaders and achieve the sustainable future we need, and the proceeds from this concert will go toward this effort."

This is a banner year for Clearwater, as the organization celebrates the 40th anniversary of the sloop Clearwater, the 90th birthday of Seeger and the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's historic voyage up the river that bears his name. Also, on May 3 [today] there will be a star-studded tribute concert honoring Seeger at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Clearwater will host its annual Great Hudson River Revival music and environmental festival on June 20 and 21 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY with headliners Susan Tedeschi, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and "newgrass" sensations Old Crow Medicine Show"
[Clearwater Press Release]

Believe it or not, I never posted this beautiful photo set from the Tweedy/Seager show that happened on March 28th, so what better day to finally do it, than on Pete's 90th birthday. Happy birthday Pete. Wish I could be at MSG tonight. More pictures from the Beacon show, and Jeff's setlist, below...

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

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Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy

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Jeff Tweedy setlist
1. Remember The Mountain Bed
2. New Madrid
3. new song (Everlasting Everything)
4. new song (Solitaire)
5. Jesus, Etc.
6. Hummingbird
7. The Ruling Class
8. Bob Dylan's 49th Beard
9. Passenger Side
10. Wilco The Song
11. Heavy Metal Drummer
12. Via Chicago
13. Airline To Heaven
14. I'm The Man Who Loves You

Encore 1:
15. Midnight Special (w/Pete Seeger on banjo and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, grandson of Pete, on guitar and vocals)
16. Jacob's Ladder (w/Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger on guitar and vocals)

Encore 2:
17. Someone Else's Song (played at edge of stage w/o PA system)
18. Acuff-Rose (played at edge of stage w/o PA system)

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Comments (11)

Oh Clearwater press, you should really do some research or homework you dopes. Tweedy solo is not rare at all. He does a solo tour every year and basically what he played that night(including the last songs unamplified at the edge of the stage) is what he has been doing on every show of this year's solo tour.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:37 PM

no research needed on you though, you sound like a know it all asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 5:55 PM

Hey,I would rather be a know it all asshole then a know nothing moron like yourself

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 6:11 PM

ugh 5:37 you're such a douchebag. thanks for being the authority again and again and again. we all thank you for it so much. really. no, of course you're not annoying at all. no. oh, please, that's just in your head. no, really. we do love you. really. we do. please tell us what else we might never now about music! pleeeease, uncle 5:37!? how did we ever exist without you??

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 6:43 PM

That's my mom's 4th grade class. Weird.

Posted by Mistah Iain | May 3, 2009 9:03 PM

i just wanted to second that 5:37 is a douchebag. if i could reach my clenched fist through the computer screen and punch you i would.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2009 10:05 PM

MSG show was 4 hours and change of lovely
american folk staples performed by great match ups
and the finale was specially moving.
bruce's birthday wishes speach was very strong.
an only-in-newyork historic event, nothing less!
kinda the last hurrah of that real leftist 50s to 70s generation. the garden probably hasn't seen a crowd quite like this for many many many years.
worth every penny.

Posted by saint pete | May 4, 2009 12:52 AM

jeff tweedy can do no wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 9:24 AM

>jeff tweedy can do no wrong.

except when it comes to hair care

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2009 9:39 AM

Tweedy must get connected to the cause music of Pete he is the new blood we need to rock the world with something more then commercial stuff

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2009 3:10 PM

I attended this show with my wife -- both of us enormous Jeff Tweedy fans -- and boy, what a treat it was! As if the presence of our favorite singer-songwriter in recent history wasn't enough at which to marvel, the surpirse of seeing Pete Seeger live, with a wonderful children's chorus to boot, certainly recommended this evening as one for the ages. Though my chances for seeing the monumental Mr. Seeger again in the future may fair relatively slim, I anxiously await seeing Mr. Tweedy's band at their homecoming gig in Chicago in just a few weeks.

Posted by Keith Dovoric | October 6, 2009 8:14 AM

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