Odetta Memorial Celebration Feb. 24



Legendary singer passed
away Dec. 2.



By Fred Mills



The magnificent folksinger and mover/shaker of the civil
rights movement Odetta passed away on Dec. 2. Now word arrives that a free, public
memorial will be held for the late icon next Tuesday, Feb. 24, in NYC. Among
the performers and dignitaries scheduled to appear are Steve Earle, Maya
Angelou, Pete Seeger, and Harry Belafonte.



See below for details, and meanwhile, you can read more
about her HERE.






Odetta Memorial
Celebration: In Words & Song



WHO:       David Amram, Maya Angelou, Harry
Belafonte, Oscar Brand, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Ruby Dee, Steve Earle, Wavy
Gravy, Geoffrey Holder, Holmes Bros. w/ 
Seth Farber, Maria Muldaur & Marie Knight, Emory Joseph, Bernice
Reagon, Sonia Sanchez, Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Josh White, Jr.,
and Peter Yarrow & the Brooklyn Tech Chorus.   More special guests to follow, in addition
to video tributes.



WHAT:     Celebration of the life and career of
ODETTA, “The Voice of the Civil

Rights Movement” (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008)   



CHURCH, 490 Riverside Drive
(at 121st Street),

                     York, New York
10027.  Tele: 



WHEN:   Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm.  (Doors open at 6:00 pm) 



Odetta was a transformational musical artist of the 20th
Century, and “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” In a career that spanned
more than sixty years, she was the first major influence on the careers of Bob
Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin.  Free
to the public, the Memorial Celebration will include video highlights of
Odetta’s life, in addition to song performances and words of remembrance
presented by celebrated artists who knew and worked with Odetta.   “If only one could be sure that every
50 years a voice and a soul like Odetta’s would come along, the centuries would
pass so quickly and painlessly we would hardly recognize time.”    (Maya Angelou)   




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