Ash Grove Music is bringing together an all-star cast of folk, blues and roots-rock musicians this weekend to honor folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 94.
Perhaps best known for his role in the folk music and activism scenes of the 1960's, Seeger began his career decades earlier when he helped Alan Lomax collect songs throughout the south for the Library of Congress. He gained musical fame as a member of The Almanac Singers and then The Weavers, whose chart-topping success was cut short by a blacklisting in the McCarthy Era. Seeger reemerged as a prominent folk musician and activist in the tumultuous sixties and has remained a beloved public figure ever since.
The tribute will include Claudia Lennear, former Blaster Dave Alvin and Rick Shea, Len Chandler, Ross Altman, Peter Alsop and many others. Spoken word performers Mike Davis, S. Pearl Sharp and the Get-Lit Players will also be getting in on the fun.
"Pete Seeger: A Tribute to His Legacy, Music and Mission" will take place Saturday, April 5th from 2pm-5pm in Fritchman Hall of the First Unitarian Church in downtown Los Angeles. A donation of $20 is suggested; all proceeds will benefit the First Unitarian Church's programs. Free parking is available across the street.