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Thread #70103   Message #1195243
Posted By: GUEST,Larry K
27-May-04 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: Seeger's swan song?
Subject: RE: Seeger's swan song?
About 25 years ago, they started a new festival in New Jersey called the Raritan River Festival in New Brunswick.   Pete Seeger came and played at the first two years of this festival.

During the festival, I was at one of the workshops as it was starting to begin.   Pete came walking by and several people asked him if he would play a few songs.    The workshop leader wasn't pleased, but really had no choice and Pete did a few songs to get the workshop started.   To cheer the workshop leader up, I mentioned that he would be able to tell people that Pete Seeger was his opening act.

About a year ago he appeared in Detroit to accept an award and do a few songs.    Unfortunatley, it was the same night that Arlo Gutherie was appearing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.   Strange coincidence that they would be appearing in the same city on the same night in different venues.    We already had tickets to Arlo.   People who saw Pete were very dissapointed.    I would hate to have peoples only experience Pete in concert today and not when he was in his prime.   Kind of like watching Willie Mays in his last days with the Mets.