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The Clearwater Festival, founded by Pete Seeger, June 17 & 18


The Clearwater Festival, the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism fto Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY on June 17 & 18.

Confirmed headliners include: Lake Street Dive, the reunion of Cry Cry Cry (first performance in more than nineteen years), Los Lobos, Arlo Guthrie. Richard Thompson, Joan Osborne singing a set of Bob Dylan’s songs; Josh Ritter, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Purdy and many more.

Fist time performers include: British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel; innovative Montreal based folk-rock band The Barr Brothers; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June; modern day songster, minstrel and bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; the throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band The Suitcase Junket; cellist, singer, and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Leyla McCalla; husband and wife team Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams; brass band Lucky Chops, and John Trudell’s Bad Dog with Joel Rafael.

Longtime Clearwater friends joining us for the weekend include Tom Paxton, Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, Holly Near, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, David Amram, Josh White Jr., Joanne Shenandoah, The Kennedys, Martha Redbone's Roots Projects and The Vanaver Caravan.

As part of the Clearwater Festival’s mission to present artists from around the world, these acts will also be making their Clearwater debut - salsa band Jimmy Bosch Y Su Sexteto del Otro Mundo; A-WA who are three Israeli sisters that combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music; the great Puerto Rican plena and bomba group, Plena Libre; Indie Mambo band Orkesta Mendoza and Cuban songstress Daymé Arocena.

There will be a number of tributes at this year’s festival including ones to Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Oscar Brand, Harry Chapin and Buckwheat Zydeco. Joan Osborne will be singing a set of Bob Dylan’s music and Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution will perform a special New Orleans’ arrangement of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrates it 50th anniversary on June 2.

The sloop Clearwater will embark from the festival on a historic sail to Washington, D.C., just like Pete Seeger did in 1970, to bring a message that clean water is a right, not a privilege for all. There will be a ceremony featuring performers and speakers to wish the Clearwater well on its journey.

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