Celebrate & enjoy LOCAL Food, Music & Community
“Music & farming have always gone hand in hand with the rhythms of labor and of nature, weaving themselves into songs and tunes that resonate deeply across the ages. What better way to enhance life, work family and community than by joining together in song and dance.”
—Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Urban Homestead: 631 Cypress Ave, Pasadena CA 91103
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Join us Sunday night for a good old fashioned hootenanny!
Have you ever wanted to sit around with a bunch of friends enjoying good food, singing and strumming songs?
Bring your portable acoustic instrument your voice and — most of all — your enthusiasm. All levels & ages encouraged!
Do you know the history of the "hootenanny?"
Hootenanny is an Appalachian colloquialism that was used in early twentieth century
During the early 1960s at the height of the Folk Music Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger's newly formed folk-protest group, the Almanac Singers worked out of a loft in New York City hosting regular (Sunday afternoon) concerts called "hootenannys", a word Pete and Woody had picked up in their cross-country travels.
“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.”
― Pete Seeger
Definition of hootenanny: An informal, festive performance by folk singers, often including audience participation with the use of acoustic instruments