25 Avery Place, Westport, CT 06880. Phone: 203-222-1424.
Join singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and other local musicians on August 29 for an evening of Civil Rights and Vietnam War protest songs in tribute to the late folk icon Pete Seeger. If you missed seeing this wonderful performance in June, do make reservations early as the last one was completely sold out! The concert will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at a "Coffeehouse at the Wheeler's" hosted by the Westport Historical Society. The writer of such Sixties anthems as "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," Seeger was also an environmental activist and co-founder of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater project. He died Jan. 28 at the age of 94. The evening kicks off with a set by Weston's Bruce Taylor, a retired teacher and maker of string instruments who was a friend of Seeger's. Taylor specialized in the "Seeger- style" 12- string guitar and the longneck five-string banjo that he created just for Seeger. He and Seeger collaborated on a few songs and also performed together, usually in support of the Clearwater project. Sheridan, who began her music career singing jingles for such companies as Pepsi, Hasbro toys and Texaco and writing music for The Electric Company and PBS television, has been traveling the world the last three years doing tributes to the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. In addition to Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer," she'll perform other favorites of the Counterculture era. Also joining the songfest will be Westport keyboardist Bob Cooper. Cooper played piano in the John Mooney Blues Band from 1978 to 1981, and keyboard for Harvey Robbins' Doo-Wop Hall of Fame concerts from 2000 to 2009. So, if you were wondering where all the flowers had gone back in the Sixties, or just love great music, come out to the Westport Historical Society on August 29 for an evening that combines Seeger's songs with a bit of recent U.S. history.
Tribute to Pete Seeger, Friday, August 29, 6 – 8 pm is $15 and reservations are suggested: (203) 222-1424. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, across from Town Hall. For more information about the WHS: westporthistory.org, Light refreshments will be served.