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Hard Hitting Songs’ 50th Anniversary Concert

December 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Towne Crier Cafe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “Hard Hitting Songs For Hard Hit People,” the first collaboration between Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, with a benefit concert for the Beacon Food Pantry and The American Center Folk Music. The concert will feature John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers, Woodstock’s own Happy Traum, Guthrie’s Ghost (with Hope Machine, Amy Fradon and Jacob and David Bernz) and The Rix (Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri), plus special guests.

Please bring donations of canned, bottled or dry boxed food for the food pantry, if and when you forward this around.

From Greenwich Village of the 1960s to present day Woodstock, Happy Traum has lived and breathed folk music and folk guitar. He has played with everyone from Brownie McGhee to Bob Dylan and with his late brother Artie Traum and released numerous instruction tapes and videos for aspiring musicians.

From his early work in the 1960s with the seminal old-time string band The New Lost City Ramblers, John Cohen has lived. breathed, researched and resurrected old time music of many kinds. He has performed with everyone in the genre from Pete Seeger to Bruce Molsky and through the years has also been an avid photographer and film producer. His life as a multi-artist was featured in The Smithsonian Network’s film “Play On, John: A Life In Music.”

Guthrie’s Ghost began in 2012 when Hope Machine (Fred Gillen Jr. and Steve Kirkman), Amy Fradon and Jacob and David Bernz joined together to celebrate Woody Guthrie’s centennial year. Since then, they’ve been exploring many different areas of folk and roots music with each performance creating a unique musical experience for the audience. Hope Machine, an official performer of the Guthrie Archives, does powerful versions of Woody’s material and poignant original songs. Amy Fradon, known as one of the best singers in the Valley, has a sparkling personal style and numerous CDs to her credit. The father/son duo of David and Jacob Bernz perform both traditional material and many of Jacob’s original songs. David Bernz is a long-time Hudson Valley folk performer and a two-time Grammy winning producer for Pete Seeger. Jacob Bernz is one of the area’s best young songwriters and an open mic winner who is currently working on his third CD of original material.

Rick Nestler is a stalwart Hudson Valley singer and a Hudson River Sloop Singer known for penning the anthem ”The River That Flows Both Ways,” which appeared on Pete Seeger’s Grammy-winning CD “Tomorrow’s Children.” Rick Palieri, also a Hudson River Sloop Singer, has been roaming the country with his banjo and attending Hobo gatherings for decades, and recently retraced the original Almanac Singer’s union hall trip across the USA with the performance ensemble “Almanac Trail.” Together as The Rix, they dig deep into our common folk lexicon and deliver gems with passion.

$20 advance/ $25 at the door


December 3, 2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


The Rix


Towne Crier
379 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508 United States