May 3: Local and national musicians team up for concert to celebrate life of folksinger Pete Seeger


The music of American folksinger Pete Seeger, who died January 27, will be celebrated at a concert May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Tickets for the concert, “For Pete’s Sake,” are available for $30 plus fees at the Fitzgerald box office, at or at 800-982-2787.

Singers, musicians, spoken word artists, social leaders, and filmmakers will celebrate the many phases of Seeger’s life in multimedia and with an abundance of music from across the cultural spectrum on what would have been Seeger’s 95th birthday. Members of Pete Seeger’s family will be in attendance.

Over a long career, Pete Seeger and his music inspired audiences in the labor movement in the 1930s and 1940s, the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, and the peace and environmental movements in the 1970s and later.

Seeger performed with Woody Guthrie in the 1940s and became a mentor to a new generation of folksingers like Bob Dylan in the 1960s.

“We Shall Overcome,” which Seeger adapted from old spirituals, became the anthem of the civil rights movement.

Playing 5-string banjo or 12-string guitar, Seeger famously engaged his audiences and got them to sing along.

Local folksinger Larry Long, member of American Federation of Musicians Local 1000, is producing the May 3 concert, which will be sure to include Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

The concert will feature several members of Twin Cities Musicians Union Local 30-73: Brian Barnes, Charlie Maguire, Peter Ostroushko, Joe Savage and Pop Wagner.