Pete Seeger will celebrate his 90th birthday in a big way on May 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York with a four-hour,...

Pete Seeger will celebrate his 90th birthday in a big way on May 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York with a four-hour, all-star concert that will benefit and raise awareness for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded in 1966 by Seeger. The organization strives to preserve and protect the Hudson River.

The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders will feature over 40 artists including Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Ben Harper, Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, Juanes, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and Taj Mahal. The evening will focus on ensemble renditions of musical treasures inspired by Pete Seeger.

Tickets are priced $19.19-$250, with a majority priced at $90, and are available at Ticketmaster. American Express pre-sale tickets are available starting March 23; public on-sale begins March 30. Special Clearwater Legacy Tickets will also be available. More information is available at Seeger90.com.


“Pete Seeger’s historic contributions to the environmental movement and the fight for social justice have inspired millions of people,” said Jeff Rumpf, executive director for Clearwater, in a statement. “Approaching 90, his great deeds shine on and continue to remind us that nothing is beyond our reach. Clearwater thanks the many gracious musicians gathering to celebrate Pete’s life and help create a living legacy in his honor: the next generation of environmental leaders.”

Other artists scheduled to perform include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bela Fleck, Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Billy Bragg, Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Dar Williams, Steve Earle, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Keller Williams, Warren Haynes and Kris Kristofferson, among many others.

By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen