Set List: Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Show at Madison Square Garden

Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, 51 artists played a 4-1/2 hour concert for 18,000 people in salute to the 90th birthday of folk great Pete Seeger.

Participating were some of the people that followed in Seeger's footsteps, like Tom Paxton, all the way up to modern artists not normally associated with the folk genre, such as Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello.

Thank you to Jessica R. and an anonymous reader for song information and a huge thanks to Matthew V. at CasaCoisalinda who helped in filling in the holes and setting us straight on the running order.
  • Menomonee Love Song - Pete Seeger with a group of Native American musicians
  • If I Had a Hammer - John Mellencamp
  • A Ride Back Home - John Mellencamp
  • Tim Robbins tribute
  • You Are Still Mine - New York City Labor Chorus
  • Which Side Are You On - Bruce Cockburn, Ani DiFranco
  • John Henry - Tom Paxton, Tom Morello, Eric Weissberg, Jacob Silver
  • Dear Mr. President - Michael Franti, Laura Cortese, Eric Weissberg, Patterson Hood
  • Oh, Freedom - Patterson Hood, Toshi Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Abigail Washburn, Guy Davis, Jacob Silver, New York City Labor Chorus
  • Internationale - Billy Bragg
  • Sticking to the Union - Billy Bragg, Mike & Ruthy Merenda, Dar Williams, New York City Labor Chorus
  • Sailin' Up, Sailin' Down - Pete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon, Warren Haynes, Tao Rodruguez-Seeger
  • 'Til the Sun Goes Down - Steve Earle, Warren Haynes, Buddy Miles
  • The Water is Wide - Emmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, New York City Labor Chorus
  • Fare Thee Well - Bruce Cockburn, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright
  • Banjo Medley (with Blue Skies & Happy Birthday) - Bela Fleck, Tony Triaschka
  • Waist Deep in Muddy Water - Tom Morello, Taj Mahal
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Joan Baez
  • The Torn Flag (poem) - Rube Dee/Jesu Joy of Man's Desires - Bela Fleck
  • Bring 'Em Home - Tyler Ramsey, Ben Bridwell, Patterson Hood, Warren Haynes, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Toshi Reagon, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Billy Bragg, Keller Williams, Ani DiFranco, Ruby Dee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New York City Labor Choir
  • Intermission
  • Norman Lear's Tribute to Pete Seeger
  • Amazing Grace - Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Pete Seeger teaching and leading the audience in harmony
  • Garbage - Tom Chapin, Michael Mask, Oscar the Grouch
  • There's a Hole in My Bucket - Kris Kristofferson and Ani DiFranco
  • Little Boxes - Tommy Sands and his Irish Band
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore - Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Tony Trischka, Jacob Silver, Casey Driese, Tim Robbins, Miles Robbins, New York City Labor Choir
  • Freedom - Richie Havens
  • Jacob's Ladder - Joan Baez, Mike and Ruthy Merenda, Scarlett Lee Moore, Jay Unger, Molly Mason, Larry Long, New York City Labor Choir
  • Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Arlo Guthrie, Del McCoury, John Hall, Tony Trischka, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Worried Man Blues - Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Jay Unger, Molly Mason, Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Gather Round the Throne - Ben Harper, Ellen Verdes, Sue Chase, Tom Morello
  • Letter to Pete (Reading) - Peggy Seeger
  • Maggie's Farm - Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes Taj Mahal, Keller Williams, Jay Unger, Molly Mason
  • Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything There is a Season) - Roger McGuinn, Ben Bridwell and Tyler Ramsey
  • Precious Friend - Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Tony Trischka, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Rye Whiskey - Dave Matthews
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello
  • This Land is Your Land - Pete Seeger & All
  • Happy Birthday - All
  • When the Saints Go Marching In - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • We'll Make the World Go - All
  • This Little Light of Mine - All
  • Goodnight Irene - Pete Seeger & All

12 comments

Anonymous said...

ani di franco/kris kristofferson: "there's a hole in the bucket"

Jessica R said...

Tommy Sands Irish Band - Little Boxes

Jessica R said...

Billy Bragg, Dar Williams, Mike and Ruthy Merenda - I'm Sticking With the Union

Also, to fill in some blanks
The Torn Flag - Bela Fleck, Ruby Lee
Freedom/Motherless Child - Richie Havens

Matthew V said...

http://casacoisalinda.blogspot.com/2009/05/pete-seeger-90th-birthday-concert.html

Hopefully this link will work. It is for my blog and has the correct order of songs, but probably a few incorrect titles.

mal, MNN said...

missed the show? don't worry, PBS will air this summer-
http://www.musicnewsnet.com/2009/05/pete-seeger-90th-birthday-concert-to-air-on-pbs-.html

Ken said...

The Native American Indian Cultural Alliance included Tom Pacheco, Vernon Masayesva, Bill Miller, Joanne Shenandoah, Joseph Fire-Crow, David Amram, Tiokasin Ghost-Horse, and Margo Thunderbird.

Ken said...

'Til the Sun Goes Down - Steve Earle, Warren Haynes, Buddy Miles.

That should be Guy Davis, not Buddy Miles. Buddy Miles died about a year ago.

Ken said...

"Waist Deep in Muddy Water"

should be

"Waist Deep in the Big Muddy"

Ken said...

"Michael Mask"

should be

"Michael Mark"

Anonymous said...

- the title of the song Ben Harper did is "Gather Round the Stone" (not "Throne")

- Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka did a medly of three banjo pieces . . . the first was a classical piece I can't recall the name of . . . the second was Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" . . . and the third was Pete's "Goofing Off Suite" . . . they then tacked on a brief "Happy Birthday" strum . . .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the set list. I think "We'll Make the World Go" should actually be "Well May the World Go."

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

I loved watching the kids sound out new words or ask people for help spelling different words.
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