On Sunday May 3 I plan to commemorate this memorable event in the 4 PM hour by playing for you some of Pete's works that will lead us through the years until today---from his folk traditions, to his political pieces, to his days with The Weavers, and to this event at this age. When I say "this event" I mean we shall play some of the artists appearing there. You will not hear Springsteen, Melancamp, and some others. You will, however, hear others that are more involved with Pete's past and share his concerns about many issues. I was surprised when I saw this amazing line-up or talent that many from Pete's earliest years were not included and some that, I felt, had no connection were. Perhaps there will be surprises at The Garden that day.
The hour on TRADITIONSwill open with a voice that could not be there but was as involved with important issues as Pete. Let that be a surprise for you since the piece this person will be singing is a tribute to Pete Seeger.
If you have any requests for this program please do e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Hopefully I will have the time to honor them because besides Pete the hour will also contain music by some of the artists performing. Some of those artists will be Guy Davis, Larry Long, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, and Tom Chapin. And more. You know---the famous many others.
A few other thoughts now regarding SUNDAY SIMCHA. I could use a little help here. It is my understanding that May 13 is the 70th anniversary of the departure from Germany of the St. Louis. I would like to commemorate that tragic journey so well captured in the film--Ship Of Fools. There was, however more to the journey than the film showed---many of the passengers were allowed to enter Belgium, France, Holland, and Great Britain. Of course only the ones entering Britain survived. If you have any music or stories to share about this event please do send it to me at email@example.com or if it is music by mail to PO Box 147 Orangeburg. NY 10962 . If nothing arrives I shall read an interesting story by a man I know who was a passenger on that ship.
One or two last thoughts about ticket sales for events like that or the one for Pete Seeger. It also applies to Broadway theater, Madison Square Garden events and all others. A ticket price is advertised and that is what you expect to pay. However, all of a sudden there are charges that have names like--theater restoration, convenience charge (what convenience---helping you pull dollars from your wallet?), etc; I seem to recall many years back, in the stone age, when I purchased tickets at the box office I paid the price. If I called on the phone I charged them on my credit card---still paid the listed price. OK--Internet sales might call for a small upcharge; though, I doubt it.
To add to the furor of this Ticketmaster (which seems to be the main seller for these events) also has another web-site which can offer you tickets for the same concert you requested at a higher price because Ticketmaster was "all sold out". The NJ Attorney General is looking into that. Amazing. Years back ticket scalpers committed a crime and now we have to try to prove that the electronic scalpers (Ticketmaster; et al) are doing the same thing which is now, it seems, legal.
On a personal note to prove the tale. I was told by a legitimate source that more tickets were being released (that been held back) for the Pete Seeger concert. Not in the $250 range. I went to the MSG website and was directed to Ticketmaster. Only the $250 range tickets were available and there was a surcharge over an above the ticket price---a convenience charge (whatever the hell that is).
Glad I can be with you on May 3 on WFDU and celebrate Pete, his music, and mention some of the other events that will be taking place this month and in the future. Things that are occurring because of his activism.