A Pete Seeger Celebration at Lily Pads
Please note, this is a fragrance-free event. Thank you!
Music at Lily Pads is pleased to present A Celebration of Pete Seeger, featuring artists from New England performing music and spoken word; tunes of Pete Seeger and songs inspired by him, words in the spirit of peace and justice. This is a much-needed ongoing tribute to songwriter/activist/planetary citizen and friend to all, Pete Seeger, who left us in 2014. The evening features Joyce Katzberg, Ed McGuirl, Julio Amaro and Sylvia Soares, with possibly a few surprises!
About the artists:
Joyce Katzberg has been singing with and for people on the right side of most important social causes for most of her life. In 2018, Joyce will be celebrating her fiftieth anniversary as a professional musician and the journey she has taken to build a diverse repertoire of topical, traditional, historic and hysterical songs and stories along the way.
Joyce is a founding mother of Stone Soup Coffeehouse (begun in 1980 and still running) and of the R.I. Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival that ran for several years at the historic Slater Mill. Joyce has been nominated "best female vocalist" by both the Providence Phoenix and R.I. Motif Magazine. In 2003, the Phoenix included Joyce in their list of "most influential" Rhode Islanders. In 2007, Joyce was honored by the University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium for "career contributions using music as a tool of peace, non-violence and social justice - changing the world one song at a time".
Ed McGuirl is a multi-instrumental musician and award-winning songwriter. He believes very strongly in the power of music to promote social causes. One of his most memorable gigs was in Beacon, NY on the Hudson River where the sloop Clearwater ties up on a bill with Pete Seeger. His most prized possession is a copy of Where Have All The Flowers Gone that Pete signed and sent after a long engaging conversation in the boathouse that sits on the river. Ed would be a rich and famous folk musician if it wasnt an oxymoron.
Sylvia Ann Soares, 75. CCRI 93; Brown 95, SAG-AFTRA, AEA; actor/writer/historian/activist. She worked in NY 60s Black Theatre Movement, also appearing in 70s television, on film, regional stages and tours. She performed the solo piece Sister Son/Ji by Sonia Sanchez at NYs Negro Ensemble Company Works in Progress. The RI Council for the Humanities funded her illustrated talks on local Cape Verdean history. RICH funded her to be Living History of Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, first person of color to graduate from RISD. Soares serves on the Board of the Refugee Dream Center and others; and is with the RI/Providence Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project. More on line.
Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela in 1961, the seventh of nine children, Julio had a very early interest in music. At the age of ten he taught himself to play the cuatro, and by twelve he learned to play the guitar. By then he was very familiar with Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and more. When he moved to Margarita Island for college, he immediately joined the band "Voz Libre" (Free Voice) playing Latin American Folk and Protest Music, from the Cuban New Trove, (Silvio, Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Victor Jara).
Julio is also a painter. In 1988 he moved to New York City, where he was successful showing his artwork, to later found and co lead the group A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artist Response To Illegal State Tactics). Amaro struggled and was arrested three times for civil disobedience and targeted by the NYPD for constant harassment between 1993 and 1996. He moved to Providence, and is represented by several galleries in New England.
Amaro came back to music in 2007, performing music of the world on classical guitar and later incorporating singing in 5 languages, foot percussion, and diatonic harmonica.
He still draws great inspiration for his own compositions from the likes of Seeger, Dylan and Joan Baez, always adding a Latin twist.
We welcome these area artists to celebrate Pete! If you remember our birthday celebration for the man in 2014, you know how good this will be. Come join us!
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