Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert: Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger, Citizen Artist
Friday, June 27, 6:30–8 p.m., Ngoma Stage
There is an excellent free concert Friday night in a tent on the Mall as part of the Folklife Festival. Featured artists include: the very cool group Quetzal, Holly Near, Navajo singer Radmilla Cody, Luci Murphy, Tony Seeger, Abigail Washburn and Nobuko Miyamoto. It should be pretty crowded - I have us meeting 30 minutes before the concert starts. Maybe we can go for dinner after - it ends at 8.
The history: Kindred spirits, Ralph Rinzler and Pete Seeger influenced the way that the public thought about the social power of music and the continued relevance of traditional culture in contemporary society. In their hands, the making of music was nothing short of a call to action. Moreover, the sharing of music was transformed into a summons for a kind of public engagement that would challenge our notions of what was “mainstream” and what lived on “the margins.”
Their contributions to the Folklife Festival, and to the Center that produces it, are without measure. As we gather on the Nation’s front yard, it seems only fitting that we lift our voices in appreciation of two visionaries who tilled its soil with fearlessness and purpose.
Closest Metro is probably Smithsonian.