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Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend

The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, hosts Pete Seeger and the Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This one-night-only event will celebrate the artistry and lasting influence of GRAMMY-winning American folk icon Pete Seeger with some of yesterday and today’s most beloved artists performing his memorable classics. The musical evening will feature GRAMMY winners Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal, Judy Collins, and Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary), along with David Amram, Luther Dickinson, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Kaia Kater, The Last Internationale, Tom Paxton, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Tony Trischka with Carmen Cusack, and Josh White Jr. Artists are subject to change.

“It’s a privilege to continue collaborating with the GRAMMY Museum and pay homage to an American music luminary like Pete Seeger here in Washington, D.C.,” said Garth Ross, Kennedy Center Vice President for Community Engagement. “We proudly join the Museum, the guest artists, and Pete’s family in recognizing and celebrating his lifelong legacy of music and activism through this event.” 

“We are excited to celebrate Pete Seeger’s legacy by bringing together some iconic artists who span the musical genres he helped define,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “The caliber of artists set to take the stage is a testament to the strong influence Pete Seeger continues to have. A gifted storyteller and music historian, Pete’s legacy not only includes the incredible songs he left behind, but the enormous impact he had on our culture and society.”    

As a singer, folk song collector, and songwriter, Pete Seeger spent a long career championing folk music as a tool for social change that is available to everyone, and remains an influential presence in the American folk music scene, even after his passing on January 27, 2014. He became a cultural hero through his outspoken commitment to the antiwar and civil rights struggles in the 1960s, and for environmental and antiwar causes in the 1970s and beyond. He wrote a number of folk standards, “If I Had a Hammer” (with Lee Hays), “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in addition to numerous others. 


Pete Seeger and The Power of Song: Tribute to a Folk Legend takes place on April 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets start at $39 and are currently available for purchase at the Kennedy Center box office, by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600, or through the Kennedy Center website at