August 21, 2014

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert at Theatricum, March 8

 

PHOTO BY DAN BUDNIK

Pete Seeger Tribute Concert at Theatricum, March 8

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum will celebrate the life of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger, on March 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

“This will be as much of a sing-along as possible,” said Peter Alsop. “Come and sing along with us. Pete would have liked that.”

The day promises to be rife with inspiration, memories and music with the Geer Family Singers—Peter Alsop, Ellen Geer, Melora Marshall, Thad Geer, Willow Geer, Mat Polin, Ian Flanders, Earnestine Phillips and Gerald Rivers—and friends Len Chandler, James Lee Stanley, Lori Lieberman, Ross Altman, Lisa Turner, Lisa Nemzo, Eric Schwartz, Sandy Ross and Stephen Michael Schwartz. Seeger passed away on January 27, at the age of 94. The American folk singer and activist was a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, was drafted into the Army in 1942 and married his wife, Toshi Ohta, in 1943, and who passed last year. Seeger had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of The Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene,” which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Like Will Geer, members of The Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era.

In the 1960s, Seeger re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. A prolific songwriter, his best-known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" all of which have been recorded by many artists both in and outside the folk revival movement and are sung throughout the world. Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual, "We Shall Overcome," that became the acknowledged anthem of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement, soon after folk singer and activist Guy Carawan introduced it at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. (Wikipedia.com; theguardian.com).

Tickets ($10) will benefit the Theatricum and can be purchased by calling (310) 455-2322 or online at theatricum.com. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290.