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    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:16:36

    Clearwater Festival Set for June 21 & 22, Featuring Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright and More - It will honor Pete and Toshi Seeger

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    Norah Jones x Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival), the country's oldest and largest music and environmental festival, x summer? Good times ahead.

    The Clearwater Festival brings together major musical acts and Clearwater's own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2014, which takes place on June 21 and 22, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY, recently announced its lineup of musical headliners.

    Founded 49 years ago by musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi Seeger, this year's Great Hudson River Revival promises to be a special celebration of the Seeger's and their legacy; this year marks the first Clearwater Festival since Pete and Toshi's recent passing. The festival is pleased to welcome many Clearwater friends old and new to the celebration, many of whom will perform special tributes during the event.

    The 2014 Clearwater Festival performer line-up features a diverse group of established and emerging talent including Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones with her new project, Puss N Boots (Norah, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper); singer-songwriter, Rufus Wainwright; alternative Country/Swing band, The Mavericks; legendary guitarist and singer, Richard Thompson; jam band moe. playing a special acoustic set; Martin Sexton; Josh Ritter; Dar Williams; David Bromberg's Big Band; ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro; Buckwheat Zydeco; soul diva, Bettye LaVette; indie jazz/soul band, Lake Street Dive; Congolese Salsa great, Ricardo Lemvo, children's music artist Laurie Berkner, and many others.

    Pete Seeger's vision and desire to clean up the Hudson River in the 1960s prompted a series of riverside concerts throughout the Hudson Valley to help raise the funds to "build a boat to save the river." The banjo case was laid open to accept contributions, and this was the start of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater that also laid the foundations for the Great Hudson River Revival – today also known as the Clearwater Festival.

    Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival is a destination for music fans and families alike, offering a plethora of family-oriented programming and activities and vendors for kids, including special performances on the Family Stage, juggling and roving artists, Children's Area, storytelling, river beach combing and net seining, and lots of kid-friendly activities.

    Other offerings that make the Revival experience unique and memorable include the Working Waterfront, offering rides on small boats and tall ships including the sloop Clearwater and the schooner Mystic Whaler. The Handcrafters' Village showcases over 50 crafters and folk artists with quality hand-made items, demonstrations and workshops. The Green Living Expo is the place to learn about sustainable products, services, concepts and technologies for informed lifestyle and business choices. The Discovery and Tideline tents feature Clearwater's original hands-on environmental education programs and Hudson River research. The Environmental Action Tent highlights Clearwater's watershed and environmental justice initiatives in our Hudson Valley communities. An expanded Artisanal Food & Farm Market offers Hudson Valley foods and specialty items as well as demonstrations and performances by local musicians.

    Ticket prices start at $70.00 and are available for purchase now at ClearwaterFestival.org. Clearwater members receive 20% off. Kids 12 and under are free.

    Anyone plan to celebrate Pete Seeger and Clearwater this year?

    —Katie Sheehan
    04.17.14



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