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Clearwater Festival 2012 Performance Dates and Stage Schedules Announced

May 17, 2012

Editor’s note: Thanks, Steve Lurie, Director, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, for sending us the following press release:

Founded by Pete Seeger, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival) is the country’s oldest music and environmental festival and takes place on June 16 & 17. Over the weekend, hundreds of musical artists will appear at the beautiful Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY in Westchester County to perform on 7 bio-diesel and solar powered stages.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.ClearwaterFestival.org, or by calling (845) 236-5596. Tickets range from $60 (single day) to $200 (weekend pass with camping). Clearwater Members receive a 20% discount. Kids 12 & under get in for free.

This year’s Festival features a global line-up that has cross-generational appeal. From Folk to Bluegrass, Native American to African, Cajun to Swing and Indie-Rock to Blues, we have a line-up that transcends musical boundaries and geographic borders.

We’ll also be celebrating a number of milestones with sets by Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family (Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday), The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (50th anniversary) and Walkabout Clearwater Chorus (25th anniversary).

The full line-up and stage schedules are available by clicking here.

Highlights for Saturday, June 16 include: Béla Fleck, Dawes, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thiele, Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family, Tinariwen, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers, Donna The Buffalo, Tom Paxton, Aoife O’Donovan, Tim O’Brien, Tom Chapin, Joanne Shenandoah, Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Raul Midón, Guy Davis Band, David Amram, Tao Seeger Brass Band, Melissa Ferrick, Joel Rafael, The Chapin Sisters, Forro In The Dark, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Jesse Lege & The Bayou Brewe and many more.

Highlights for Sunday, June 17 include: Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Dawes, Balkan Beat Box, Deer Tick, Loudon Wainwright III, Alejandro Escovdeo, The Klezmatics, Peter Yarrow, Tim O’Brien, Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely, Jill Sobule, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Ollabelle, Holly Near, Joe Purdy & The Giving Tree Band, Dala, Bhi Bhiman, David Wax Museum, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Vanaver Caravan, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, David Amram, VaJose Conde, Alsarah & The Nubatones, BraveCombo and many more.

The Clearwater Festival is a festival family-oriented weekend event taking place every year at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. The Festival offers attendees an opportunity to gather to enjoy music, celebrate the Hudson River, and take part in the organization’s commitment to protecting our environment and community, and mission to inspire, educate and activate the next generation of environmental leaders.

The Festival’s family-oriented programming includes the Family Stage, juggling and roving artists, face painting plus lots of otheractivities and vendors. Kids 12 years old and under get in free.

Performances that make the Clearwater Festival unique include Story Grove, where festival goers can sit under the cool shade trees and listen to America’s best-loved storytellers. The Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, a contemporary mask and puppet theater company, performing large-scale production by the river’s edge.

New to the festival this year is The Traveling Musical Petting Zoo - from accordion to zither, The Zoo’ is a fully interactive, hands-on exhibition for musicians, young and old, novice to professional.

The Festival offers much more than just great musical artists; at the Working Waterfront, attendees can go out on small boats andtall ships, including the sloop Clearwater and the Mystic Whaler.

The Discovery and Tideline Tents feature Clearwater’s original hands-on environmental education programs and Hudson River research.

The Environmental Action Tent will highlight Clearwater’s watershed and environmental justice initiatives in cities up and down the Hudson.

The juried Crafts Area showcases over 50 crafters and folk artists with quality hand-made items, demonstrations and workshops. The Green Living Expo Tent is the place to learn about products, services, concepts and technologies that can inform your lifestyle and business choices.

The Artisanal Food & Farm Market features twice as many vendors as last year and showcases local farmers and small-scale food processors based in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding regions. There will also be demonstrations and farm songs throughout both days.

Last year, and for the first time, the festival expanded the Zero Waste program to include the entire festival grounds. This year, we continue to fine tune this effort including finding a closer facility to manage compost generated during the festival.

The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language Interpreters.

All proceeds from the Clearwater Festival directly support Clearwater’s environmental education, advocacy and research to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as the communities of the Hudson River Valley.



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