Lexington, KY- PETE SEEGER was a folk icon and musical hero to many including Michael Johnathon host of the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Pete Seeger’s public TV show Rainbow Quest were the seeds on what would become WoodSongs. For this special broadcast of WoodSongs, Michael Johnathon will be celebrating the life and music of Pete Seeger with a few close friends and artists. This special event will held on Monday March 31, 2014 6:45pm at The Lyric theater and Cultural Events Center in Lexington, KY Call 859-252-8888 for reservations.
Special guests for this event include:
MARK DVORAK is a folk singer, songwriter, teacher and touring musician. Since 1998, Mark has toured with WeaverMania! playing the role of Pete Seeger. WeaverMania! celebrates the sounds and songs of Pete’s legendary folk group, The Weavers. Starting in March, he is conducting a new class “Pete Seeger & The Power of Song” at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music where Mark has taught since 1986. Mark is also known for conducting community sings and jams in the Pete Seeger style. Mark will be performing with fellow WeaverMania! member Chris Walz and Frank Hamilton who is the co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music and was a member of The Weavers from 1962-1963.
RIK PALIERI is a folksinger from Vermont. When he was fifteen, he taught himself the 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger’s famous banjo book. In the mid 70’s he joined Pete Seeger and The Hudson River Sloop Singers and became a regular performer at Clearwater events. Rik’s latest project is following the footsteps of the legendary “The Almanac Singers” made up of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell. Rik and George Mann traveled to some of the same places and towns as the legendary “The Almanac Singers” did in the summer of 1941. Rik will be performing with Rick Nestler who’s another member of the Hudson River Sloop Singers. banjo.net | almanactrail.com
MICHAEL JOHNATHON is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten released albums, two published books and several national projects. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.