Friday, February 23, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Congregation
Friday Night Folk to benefit IASC at 5th Annual Pete Seeger tribute concert in memory of iconic singer-songwriter Pete Seeger
Unity Hall, All Souls UU Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT.
The concert begins at 7:30. Doors open at 7 p.m
Admission is free. Donations encouraged. Concert reservations go quickly. Please reserve early.
Tickets are available at www.Eventbrite.com. Reporters and Photographers are welcome.
On February 23, 2018 Friday Night Folk at All Souls will host the 5th annual Pete Seeger Tribute concert, this year benefiting IASC, the New London-based Immigration Advocacy and Support Center. Of the effort, IASC Director Mike Doyle stated, “We are incredibly grateful to Friday Night Folk and every single person who help us fight for immigrant rights. Without this kind of support, we could not serve those in need, and the need grows by the week. We are beyond capacity. Just over the past six months over 1.2 million immigrants have been put at risk for deportation, but with organizations like IASC at their side, they can fight back and win. We are energized anew by Friday Night Folks’ support!”
Many fine local acoustic musicians are donating their time and talents for this concert including Sherwood Stidfole, The Carolans, Nick Evento, Kristen Graves, Dan Spurr and Liz Larson, Geoff Kaufman, Bill Groth, Jim Carpenter, Kristen Graves and Sue Frankewicz. The performers will gather to take turns sharing their versions of Pete’s songs, songs he loved, and songs about him. Geoff Kaufman, who spent time with Pete over many years aboard the Hudson River sloop Clearwater, will emcee the evening as well as perform.
Pete Seeger was a fearless warrior for social justice and the environment. As noted on PeteSeegerMusic.com, his political activism from the Civil Rights movement to anti-war songs became a template for later generations with something to say about the world. For nearly 70 years, Pete Seeger embodied the ideals of folk music – communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness. His songs have imprinted us with the sounds, traditions and values of our global past and present.
The mission of Friday Night Folk at All Souls is to joyfully support social and environmental justice by bringing live traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music to the larger community in a welcoming and accessible performance space.