Click on the link to print a copy of our Labyrinth Cafe schedule to put on your refrigerator (this will print full size)... or help spread the word about our great concerts by printing off a few copies to hand out to friends or post on bulletin boards. Thanks for supporting live, original music! •Nick Annis - is an award-winning songwriter, but he is also admired by folk fans for the storytelling talent that makes his performances so memorable. Drawing on his diverse background and Greek roots, Nick crafts “true” stories and timeless accounts of humanity. •Allan Aunapu - Pete and I were introduced by scholarly folk author Henry Glassie backstage at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival. I had just rigged and sailed schooner “Mystic Whaler” up from Florida. Then we rigged sloop “Clearwater” on her maiden voyage. What a fun time, all fair winds, got to open for Pete and the first sloop singer with the world calypso “Zombie Jamboree”. •Ellen Bukstel—An activist in the truest sense, her fundraising music videos have collectively helped to raise close to $100m for community causes such as Housing the Homeless. www.ellenbukstel.com •Michelle & Scott Dalziel - formed their duo in 1997, each playing guitar, with Michelle adding djembe and hand percussion. They exchange lead and harmony, delivering their lyrics with soul and compassion at festivals, concerts and more. They were winners of the Vic Heyman songwriting award at the 2013 South Florida Folk Festival. •Jennings & Keller - Laurie and Dana are an award-winning Americana-folk duo who spend part of each year on tour criss-crossing the country. For the past seven years, Laurie has worked with incarcerated women through Artspring. www.artspring.org; jenningsandkeller.com •Grant Livingston - has written about Florida's history and environment since the mid-1980s. Relentlessly positive, his songs employ a little swing, a little singalong, a quirky sense of humor, and a cast of characters including dogs, cats, pythons and armadillos. •Rod MacDonald—moved to south Florida in 1995 after two decades as a leading Greenwich Village singer-songwriter. New Times named him one of the “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers of All Time.” Teaches Music Americana in FAU’s Lifelong Learning program. Of his latest CD, Later That Night, Sing Out! wrote: “The next time someone asks you where good protest music has gone, make that person listen to this CD.” www.rodmacdonald.net •Marie Nofsinger — Award-winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist will take you on a journey into the soul of America. Tales of outlaws, anarchists, the common working man, Jesus and broken hearts fill her original repertoire. Lilting melodies, swamp stomp rhythms, as well as jazzy swing tunes carry the lyrics into your memory. https://myspace.com/marienofsinger •PinkSlip Duo — The harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo (Joan Friedenberg and Bill Bowen) is known for its multimedia sing-along tribute programs to its folk and folk-rock heroes, and for showing up on the sidewalk to support a good cause. www.Pinkslipband.com •Tony Thomas — has performed at folk, old time, and blues venues and festivals in Europe and the United States. His pioneering work on African Americans and the banjo has been published by Oxford University and Duke University Press.
Impressario and producer Susan Moss, leader of the Labyrinth Café, is making the well-oiled resources of the group available for this worthy cause for the gate, program (the timing/line-up/logistics in collaboration with Rod), and refreshments. Net ticket proceeds will be donated to nonprofit causes working for Seeger-aura social changes.
2015 Concert Beneficiaries:
•Dream Defenders (Uprising from communities in conflict shifting culture through transformational organizing) •Fort Lauderdale Food not Bombs (Homeless) •Friends of Broward Detainees (Immigration) •Haitian Women of Miami (to empower Haitian women and their families, as well as to facilitate their adjustment to South Florida) •Interfaith Worker Justice (Labor) •Jewish Voice for Peace (Peace) •MoveOn.org Council, South Palm Beach/North Broward Move to Amend Affiliate (Advocacy) •Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition/Everglades Earth First (Environment)
In the 1930s, Pete Seeger sang in support of Spaniards and inter-nationalists defending Spanish democracy from the fascist attack, as well as for the historic CIO union organizing in the United States. In 1949, along with Paul Robeson, he faced fascist vigilante attacks with police compliance at Peekskill, New York.
In 1943, Pete had married Toshi Aline Ohta, a dancer and filmmaker specializing in folk music, a producer, and an environmental activist. Toshi had attended Manhattan's Little Red Schoolhouse and graduated from New York City's High School of Music and Art in 1940. Six years into their marriage, Toshi and Pete moved from Manhattan to Beacon, New York, building a log cabin without running water or electricity.
Pete and the Weavers achieved national acclaim in 1950 when their recording of Good Night Irene hit the top of the charts. A string of ensuing hits with the Weavers notwithstanding, Pete was blacklisted from the mainstream media. In 1955, he invoked the First Amendment when questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee, was indicted for contempt of Congress in 1957, and convicted in 1961. That conviction was overturned the following year.
While blacklisted from the mainstream media, Pete still became a mainstay (and the backbone) of the 1950s folk revival, playing college auditoriums, summer camps and folk festivals. In the early 1960s, he popularized We Shall Overcome as the civil rights movement's anthem.
The foundation of Pete's personal and professional success, Toshi took part in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. In 1966, she produced and directed a public television series hosted by Pete, and in 2007 produced the Academy Award-winning documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.
In 1966, Toshi and Pete co-founded the Clearwater organization and the annual Great Hudson River Revival/Clearwater Festival,to rally public support for cleaning up the Hudson River. The Festival, now in its 49th year, started as a fundraising picnic to help build the Sloop Clearwater. It will next be held on June 20-21 of this year.
Under Toshi's direction, and with a cohort of activist supporters, the Festival's innovations included providing sign language interpreters, wheelchair access, recycling programs, massive volunteer participation, and a prominent activist area.
Pete’s contributions to the American folk process have been recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Harvard Arts Medal, Kennedy Center Award, Presidential Medal of the Arts, and membership in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
On January 20, 2009, Pete performed with his grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama’s inauguration.
After his death on January 27, 2014, Pete was the posthumous recipient of the first Woody Guthrie Prize for “speaking, singing, and organizing for and with the less fortunate through music, and serving as a positive force for social change.”
Bob and Patty Bender and Ed Wujciak, producers with the Activist Advisory and Working Committee, invite nonprofit activist groups who wish to promote their cause at the event, as well as other groups willing to assist by being sponsors, to contact Ed (info below). Such groups are asked to promote the event to their members and contacts, and to recruit volunteer workers for big or little tasks. Each group will be provided free table space on a first-come, first-served basis and will be listed on the program handout. Each tabler must also purchase a ticket. Applicants are asked to submit a one-or-two sentence organizational description to Ed.
When tyrants tremble sick with fear, and hear their death knells ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014)
Toshi Aline Ohta Seeger (July 1, 1922 - July 9, 2013)
Tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger
Sunday April 19, 2015
2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Refreshments available for purchase
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale
3970 NW 21st Avenue
Oakland Park 33309
Tickets $20 per person, with additional donations requested for scholarships/subsidies. All tickets will be held at the door. A sellout is anticipated; advance payment is required. Cash or checks (payable to UUCFL) can be mailed to:
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Re: Pete Seeger
3970 NW 21st Avenue
Oakland Park, FL 33309
(Please also include your e-mail address for confirmation of receipt of payment)
Performance by a variety of artists, with opportunities for audience members not only to sing lustily but also to get involved in local causes like those that dominated the lives of Pete and Toshi.
Throughout his lifetime, and often with Toshi by his side, Pete appeared around the world at thousands of small group meetings, demonstrations and concerts pro bono to promote social justice. Well into his 90s, he responded in his iconic handwriting and uniquely artistic banjo signature to the thousands who reached out to him.
Pete will be remembered and revered for his inimitable capacity throughout his life successfully to elicit the Meek and the Mute to join the Bold and the Boisterous of all ages, races, religions and politics, in and out of tune and key, to sound out lustily and sometimes courageously, in multi-part harmony, for Peace, Justice, Ecology, Equality and Internationalism.
Folksinger and educator Rod MacDonald, event initiator and program producer, confirms that the following artists will be with us, donating their services: