Tuesday, April 27, 2010
More Than Just A Review
More than just a review because those are the basics. What transpired on that stage was, besides an historical event, a wonderful musical celebration. From the moment Pete Seeger took the stage the audience was mesmerized and, as it always is with Pete Seeger, involved. Followed by The Work O The Weavers who keep that wonderful tradition alive and keep updating it and then having Fred Hellerman come on was surely a homecoming for many. Fred Hellerman calling on Pete to join him ("...I am not used to being alone on a stage") was a brilliant moment as they did an old ---hardly remembered--favorite, "The Frozen Logger".
While the Work O The Weavers were still on stage an intruder came up----Woody Guthrie. Had you not known he had passed on you would have seriously believed that Rob Tepper WAS Woody Guthrie. If one can see his full production (When The Curfew Blows) it is not to be missed.
After intermission at this grand old entertainment palace that still lives on we were regaled by The Klezmatics who surely know how to blow a house down. The big surprise of the evening--for the Wolofsky family at least was the person who joined The Klezmatics for a great rendition (among other things) of Kisses Sweeter Than Wine---in Yiddish. Prior to that the big surprise of the evening was the elder Mr. Wolofsky running up on to the stage to hug Tova---and idol of his for many years. The Klezmatics then continued with music that made the rafters ring and the spirits soar.
For a final ending I have to close with this description of it and follow it with the photo you saw at the top since this was a truly historical and personal event---and also benefited some wonderful works of historical meaning---The Guthrie Foundation and The Sloop Woody Guthrie.
For that grand Finale which started with This Land Is Your Land and then had Pete Seeger signalling all the others to come forward; then leading them in Goodnight Irene and have them (Pete signalling) for them to sing the last chorus as the slowly walked off the stage-----What An Evening.