The prize is for artists who speak for the less fortunate and serve as forces for social change, as Guthrie and Seeger did.
A few months ago, renowned banjo master and Syracuse native Tony Trischka received a call from Nora Guthrie, asking him to perform at a Feb. 22 event at New York City’s Symphony Space. Trischka’s good friend and mentor Pete Seeger would be honored with the first-ever Woody Guthrie Prize.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and band will play Ithaca and Syracuse
In the spring, on the 20th anniversary of her first foray into a musical career—a solo live performance at 14 of Pete Seeger’s “Sailing Down My Golden River”—she was named to the Alternate Root magazine’s Top 30 Americana Roots Female Vocalists Right Now. Long-celebrated singers Emmylou Harris, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt keep her company on the list.
Things were really twistin’ as Chubby Checker delighted Chevy Court crowd
Chubby Checker doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Not only did he popularize Hank Ballard’s rhythm and blues hit “The Twist” beyond belief, but he revolutionized pop culture with the matching dance. He’s also responsible for “Limbo Rock” (as well as that corresponding dance) and is the reigning champ when it comes to having five hit albums out at once. And beyond all this—at the sprightly age of 71—he can still put on one rowdy show.