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15 May, 2019Print

Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Celebration Set For Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 30th event at National Mall to feature The Bright Siders, Dan & Claudia Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell

In honor of Pete Seeger's 100th birthday, Smithsonian Folkways and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival are proud to present “Smithsonian Folkways & the Spirit of Seeger!: A family concert honoring the life and legacy of Pete Seeger.” This celebration concert event is set for June 30th from 10:30am – 2:30pm on the National Mall.

The concert will feature performances from The Bright Siders (a new group fronted by Americana artist Kristin Andreassen), Mexican-American singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos, Dan and Claudia Zanes, and popular children’s music singer Elizabeth Mitchell with her group You Are My Flower. This exciting group of musicians will perform songs made popular by Seeger, as well as originals inspired by Pete’s influential catalog of music for young people. Throughout his career, Pete Seeger frequently engaged children with music making, including his 1954 album American Folk Songs for Children, his 1974 visit to Sesame Street and beyond. He once proclaimed, “Singing with children in the schools has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”

Additional event information, HERE.

This program follows the release of Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, which includes an array of children’s music alongside hundreds of other classic and unreleased tracks from his massive body of work. The collection has been praised by Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Billboard, and others, and was featured by NPR’s All Things Considered with an interview with Jeff Place of Smithsonian Folkways.


About Smithsonian Folkways:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the "National Museum of Sound," makes available close to 60,000 tracks in physical and digital format as the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian, with a reach of 80 million people per year. A division of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the non-profit label is dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among people through the documentation, preservation, production and dissemination of sound. Its mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music" from around the world. For more information about Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, visit


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