The five-day, multi-venue Seeger Fest commemorating the full and inspiring lives of Pete Seeger, who died last year at age 94, and wife Toshi Seeger, who died earlier in 2013, culminates in “New Songs of Justice,” a free four-hour hootenanny featuring politically engaged rock, folk, and hip-hop artists. Singers and strummers predominate, not unexpectedly, and include Steve Earle, Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki, the Chapin Sisters, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Aurora Barnes, James Maddock, and Mike & Ruthy. A solo performance by the irrepressible Amanda Palmer, an acoustic set by civil-rights and union activists Anti-Flag, and hip-hop hell raising by Rebel Diaz and State Department-sponsored hip-hop ambassador Toni Blackman should also rouse the rabble. Another folk-culture original, hip-hop founder DJ Kool Herc, mans the wheels of steel.
Mon., July 21, 6 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 16, 2014