Closing Saturday at Folk Festival 50, legendary folksinger Pete Seeger and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, led a hootenanny with some of their closest friends and musicians. What is a hootenanny, exactly? Think of it as a jam session in which folk musicians riff on old standards, join in each other's songs and generally have a good time.
This year marks two big folk-music anniversaries — 50 years of Newport and 90 years of Pete Seeger — so it's only fitting that Seeger would lead two nights of revelry and reflection. Influential as both a musician and a rabble-rouser, he's inspired countless musicians and activists to pick up their instruments and fight. In recent years, Seeger has been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts and a Lifetime Legends medal from the Library of Congress. On his 90th birthday, Seeger celebrated at Madison Square Garden with a host of special guests, including Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris.
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"
"The Midnight Special"
"Take It From Dr. King"
"The Little Light"
"Worried Man Blues" (led by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
"If I Had a Hammer"
"This Land Is Your Land"