Museum of the City of New York Announces New Performers at Special Folk Concert on June 20th to Benefit Upcoming Folk City Exhibition

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Museum Announces David Amram, Oscar Brand and Happy Traum Added to Lineup at Stellar Fundraising Concert

Museum of the City of New York

Funds from this concert will help develop, create, and curate Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, a special exhibition in 2014 exploring New York's pivotal role in fueling the American folk music revival in the late 50s and early 60s.

The Museum of the City of New York is holding a special concert with a star-studded line-up of musicians and writers to benefit the upcoming exhibition Folk City. The concert will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 20th at the New York Academy of Medicine at 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.

The funds from this concert will help develop, create, and curate Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, a special exhibition in 2014 at the Museum of the City of New York exploring New York's pivotal role in fueling the American folk music revival in the late 1950s and early 1960s. During these years, folk music blossomed in New York City, particularly in Greenwich Village, the iconoclastic neighborhood that had long nurtured unconventional art, progressive politics, and countercultural trends. The exhibition will provide a rich, multi-media experience that will trace the revival's roots, its growth in New York, its major players and songwriters, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.

Pete Seeger is the event's Honorary Chair. WFUV Radio is serving as the event's Media Sponsor. Additional sponsors are: Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Society of New York, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Washington Square Folk Festival, and Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.

The current line-up of entertainers includes:

  • Host John Wesley Harding - Acclaimed singer-songwriter, novelist, and creator/host of NPR's John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders show, described by The New Yorker as "one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer.”
  • Peter Yarrow - Revered folk singer/songwriter, social activist, co-founder of Peter, Paul and Mary, composer of "Puff, the Magic Dragon" and honored founder of Operation Respect.
  • Lucy Kaplansky - Beloved singer/songwriter and integral figure from Greenwich Village since the 1980s who joined up with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson to form new folk super-group Red Horse in 2010.
  • Langhorne Slim - Innovative singer/songwriter whose band, The Law, last year released its fourth full-length album, The Way We Move. The New Yorker said Slim had "Leadbelly's gift for storytelling and Dylan's ability to captivate crowds."
  • A.C. Newman - Founding member - and main writer and vocalist - of supergroup The New Pornographers. His latest solo project, Shut Down the Streets, showcased a Baroque and folk-pop sound.
  • Josh White, Jr. - Renowned folk/blues artist and actor, now in the 69th year of his career. "A master of vocal inflection and involvement, Josh pushes his envelope and shows why he's considered one of music's premier vocalists and performers," said Big City Blues magazine.
  • David Hajdu -Music Critic at The New Republic, Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and author or Positively 4th Street, which The Washington Post Book Review called "one of the best books about music in America."
  • Izzy Young - Former owner of the Folklore Center - described by Bob Dylan as the "Citadel of Americana folk music." - in Greenwich Village and owner of the Folklore Centrum store in Stockholm.

New special guests were just added:

  • David Amram - Composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, composed the symphony, Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie; and the 1959 score for the landmark film Pull My Daisy, narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. In 2012, Pete Seeger and the Clearwater Foundation presented him with their Power of Song Award.
  • Oscar Brand - One of the remaining fathers of North American folk music, Oscar has been in integral figure in the folk revival since 1940, recording 100 albums and authoring nine books on folk music. A Peabody Award Honoree, Oscar's weekly radio show Folksong Festival has been on the air for 67 straight years!
  • Happy Traum - An active participant of the legendary Washington Square/Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1950s and '60s who with his group, The New World Singers, cut the first version of "Blowin' in the Wind."

You can purchase tickets at or register by phone at (917) 492-3395.

Reservations and prepayment are required. Individual premium seating tickets are $500. Individual regular seating tickets range in price from $50 to $250. Tickets purchases at $1,000 or above allow entry into a post-performance reception. Premium ticket packages begin at $1,000, which includes premium seating for one and access to the post-concert reception with performers. Other premium ticket packages include the: $2,500 package, with premium seating for two/access to the post-concert reception; $5,000 package with premium seating for four/access to the reception; and, the $10,000 package, offering event co-chair program listing, premium seating for eight/access to the reception.

About the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103 and 104 streets), Manhattan. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. For more information, call (212) 534-1672 or visit

Directions: By bus: M1, M3, M4, or M106 to 104th Street, M2 to 101st Street.

By subway: Lexington Avenue #6 train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or #2 or #3 train to 110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 104th Street.

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