Keith Clark

Keith Clark celebrated folk singer Pete Seeger at a fundraiser on Saturday.

Most know Keith Clark as a world-traveled classical orchestra conductor who has been the leading light at the Astoria Music Festival.

But on Saturday, his musical repertoire embraced another genre when he took down his cherished “wall ornament,” a banjo which Pete Seeger, a friend of his father, had had made for him, and performed in Astoria at a folk concert to commemorate what would have been Seeger’s 100th birthday.

Clark performed “Wasn’t That A Time,” a song that got Seeger in trouble during the communist “witch hunt” era of the 1950s.

Clark joined 29 musicians from the North Coast folk scene who performed Seeger material, including many protest anthems of the 1960s.

The event, attended by 240 people, was a fundraiser for the venue, the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center.

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Jennifer Nightingale

Nice to see a recognition of this concert/fundraiser in the Astorian. Unfortunately, it didn't really reflect the extraordinary experience of the Pete Seeger celebration at Astoria's Performing Arts Center. The evening was a celebration of community. Musicians like Dave Ambrose penned new contemporary words to Goebel Reeves, "Hobo's Lullaby" for the child of refuge. Even Michael Row the Boat had a reference to the Columbia River and growing old. It was fresh, vibrant and made me feel so grateful that I live in this beautiful river town. It was an extraordinary time and demonstrated what a jewel the PAC is for our community.

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