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Hudson Valley Clearwater Festival 2017 To Celebrate Diversity

The Clearwater Festival always draws a large crowd.
The Clearwater Festival always draws a large crowd. Photo Credit: Augusto Menezes

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- One look at the lineup of the musical talent scheduled for this year's Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival -- "Clearwater Festival" -- will be all it takes for music lovers to pull out their wallets and plop down some cash for tickets.

Scheduled for June 17 and 18 on the banks of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, the event is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival which brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend.

Confirmed artists so far include: Lake Street Dive; Los Lobos; Arlo Guthrie; Joan Osborne singing a set of Bob Dylan’s songs; Josh Ritter; Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely; Alejandro Escovedo; innovative Montreal-based folk-rock band The Barr Brothers; modern day songster, minstrel and bluesman Blind Boy Paxton; the throat-singing, slide guitar playing one-man-band The Suitcase Junket, cellist, singer, and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Leyla McCalla, husband and wife team Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Joe Purdy.

Longtime Clearwater friends joining for the weekend include Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Holly Near, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, David Amram, Josh White Jr., Joseph Firecrow, The Kennedys, Martha Redbone's Roots Projects and The Vanaver Caravan.

Founded by musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi, this year’s Great Hudson River Revival promises to be a special celebration. In keeping the Seeger’s legacy alive, it has always been a goal for the Clearwater Festival to have a musically and culturally diverse line-up.

“With all that is going on in the country this year, it has never been more important to come together to celebrate diversity,” said Steve Lurie, Clearwater Festival producer.

As part of the Clearwater Festival’s mission to celebrate diversity, this year the festival will present artists from around the world including Ukrainian folk-fusion troupe dakhabrakha; salsa artist Jimmy Bosch Y Su Sexteto del Otro Mundo; the Israeli sisters of A-WA, who combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music; and Plena Libre, the great Puerto Rican plena and bomba group. Indie Mambo band Orkesta Mendoza; Cuban songstress Daymé Arocena will also be performing.

But music isn't the only thing you will find at the festival, there will also be plenty for families including family-oriented programming, activities, and vendors as well as a Children’s Area, special performances on the Family Stage, juggling and roving artists, storytelling, river beach combing and net seining, and lots of other kid-friendly activities. Kids 12 & under get in for free.

Other offerings that makes the festival unique and memorable include: the Working Waterfront, which offers rides on small boats and tall ships including the sloop Clearwater and the schooner Mystic Whaler; The Handcrafters’ Village which showcases over 50 crafters and folk artists with quality hand-made items, demonstrations and workshops; and The Green Living Expo which is the place to learn about sustainable products, services, concepts and technologies for informed lifestyle and business choices.

In addition, festival-goers can visit the Discovery and Tideline tents featuring Clearwater’s original hands-on environmental education programs and Hudson River research, The Environmental Action tent highlighting Clearwater’s watershed and environmental justice initiatives in the Hudson Valley communities and an expanded artisanal Food & Farm Market that will offer food sourced from the Hudson Valley.

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

Tickets are available for purchase now at www.ClearwaterFestival.org . Clearwater members receive a 20 percent discount off regularly priced advanced tickets. Kids 12 and under are free.

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