GO GREEN – GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The New York City metro areas largest and longest running “folk” festival takes place this weekend. The Great Hudson River Revival, an event that has been sponsored by the Clearwater for the past three decades, will once again draw crowds to Croton Point Park in Croton on Hudson. Each year, nearly 15,000 people gather on the banks of the Hudson River for this event – a combination music fest and environmental showcase.

The purpose of the Great Hudson River Revival is to raise awareness of our social responsibility toward our environment and the sustainability of the environment – and our culture. The diverse lineup offers something for everyone. While the emphasis on traditional folk has been downsized over the years, the festival is a celebration of a larger “folk” tradition. The gathering features entertainment with a purpose – and the grassroots activism that permeates the event will inspire you.

Among the performers this year:

Pete Seeger, legendary folk singer, activist, and founder of the Clearwater organization.

Skatalites, a Grammy-nominated ska and reggae band from Jamaica. Originally formed in 1964, the group has charted a number of Top Ten hits in the UK.

Felice Brothers, a new group that is on the fast track to international success. Its gritty Americana sound has been compared to that of a young Bruce Springsteen.

Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a quirky quartet reigning from the Hudson Valley. The group has been featured in both the New York Times and the CBS television show, Joan of Arcadia.

R. Carlos Nakai, the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He uses his Navajo-Ute heritage as a source of inspiration and growth.

Cheryl Wheeler, a writer of both emotional and humorous songs, who continues to gain more and more recognition with each new album.

Happy & Artie Traum, a duo of brothers whose debut album was called “one of the best records in any field of pop music” by the New York Times.

Kevin So, a first generation Chinese American whose passion for singing and playing piano and guitar

Happy & Artie Traum, a duo of brothers whose debut album was called “one of the best records in any field of pop music” by the New York Times.

Kevin So, a first generation Chinese American whose passion for singing and playing piano and guitar has won him praise and helped him to build a substantial fan base coast to coast.



For more information on the Great Hudson River Revival and the Clearwater, please visit their website at www.clearwater.org or call 1-800-67-SLOOP.


(Some of the information above was provided by the Clearwater.
Photographs from Augusto Menezes)

About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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