Late folk legend Pete Seeger is to be honoured with a free five-day festival in New York this summer (Jul14). The Seeger Fest, which will run from 17-21 July (14), will celebrate the lives of the singer/songwriter and his late wife, Toshi, according to the couple's grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson.
The event will include a memorial service at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie and concerts throughout the state, featuring the Chapin Sisters and Steve Earle.
Seeger passed away in January (14), aged 94.
Friends, family and fans of late folk singer Pete Seeger got together on Sunday (02Feb14) to pay tribute to the icon at an unofficial public memorial. The legendary musician passed away at the New York Presbyterian Hospital last week (ends02Feb14) after a short illness, aged 94.
Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, New York hosted a reception on Sunday and by early afternoon, more than 1,000 attendees had gathered to pay their final respects the late singer.
His family held the reception at the funeral home, where two rooms were decorated with numerous photographs and memorabilia. An urn containing Seeger's ashes was also on display.
At one stage, mourners sang Where Have All the Flowers Gone, one of Seeger's early folk ballads, as a tribute to the singer/songwriter, according to Billboard.com.
Seeger and his wife Toshi, who died in July last year (13), lived in Beacon for 40 years.
Folk legend Pete Seeger is in mourning following the death of his wife. Artist and activist Toshi Seeger passed away on Tuesday night (09Jul13) at the age of 91.
Toshi and her husband founded environmental organisation Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which aims to protect New York's Hudson River and the surrounding wetlands, and Jeff Rumpf, the executive director of the charity, has paid tribute to her.
Branding her death "a huge loss for Clearwater and the world", Rumpf adds, "Toshi is a real mother, a mother for social justice, a mother for festivals all over the world and people singing. She is a mother that embodies all the spirit your own mother does and spreads it out over the community. We're really going to miss Toshi."
Seeger, 94, and his wife, who were days away from celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, were parents to three children. Their firstborn, Peter, died at the age of six months in 1944.