Pete Seeger tribute concert being planned for NYC; WFUV honoring him this weekend; Colin Meloy did too
Pete Seeger at Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger was supposed to receive the Woody Guthrie Prize from the GRAMMY Museum on February 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC, though as you may know, he sadly passed away this week. However, Billboard reports that the ceremony will go on as planned as a Pete Seeger tribute concert, now titled “How Can I Keep from Singing!” Artists are currently being booked and have not yet been announced, but stay tuned.
In related news, NY radio station WFUV will be honoring Pete Seeger with on-air tributes this weekend:
This weekend at least three of WFUV’s hosts will honor Pete Seeger, each in his own way. Don McGee , host ofMixed Bag (Saturday 4-8 p.m.), promises “a lot of Pete in all shapes and forms, including folks he influenced, such as Don McLean, The Byrds, and Peter, Paul & Mary.”
On Sunday Breakfast (8-11 a.m.), John Platt will feature Pete Seeger the live performer, some favorite Seegercovers, and tribute songs written by the likes of Harry Chapin and Steve Earle.
On Sunday between 4-5 p.m., Bob Sherman will dedicate Woody’s Children to Pete, who coined the phrase that became the name of the show. Bob will play songs from a half-dozen admirers and read a poem about Pete, titled “Because You Were There,” by Charlie Cody, interspersed with Seeger’s songs. (Pete was scheduled to headline the recent Woody’s Children 45th Anniversary Concert at Symphony Space, but was unable to attend because of his illness.)
Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy has also been posting about Pete on his Twitter. He tweeted, “Busted up. Woke early to the news that Pete Seeger has died. Brilliant, brave, patriotic, generous man. Thanks for all you did, Pete,” has also posted some related links, and more.