Clearwater Festival 2017 – Standing Rock on the Hudson

The Clearwater Festival Announces Final Line-Up

“New to the Clearwater Festival this year will be ‘Standing Rock on the Hudson,’ a 90 minute program of ceremony, speaking and song featuring Native American performers and River activists.”

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New to the Clearwater Festival this year will be “Standing Rock on the Hudson,” a 90 minute program of ceremony, speaking and song featuring Native American performers and River activists. They will join together to connect the issues surrounding the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the damming of the Missouri River to the challenges that the Hudson River faces. Featured artists include: long-time Shinnecock activist/singer Margo Thunderbird, multi-instrumentalist David Amram, Evan Pritchard (Mi’kmaq), Quiltman from John Trudell’s Bad Dog, Joan Henry (Cherokee/Apache/Arawak), Matoaka Little Eagle (Tewa, Apache, Chickahominy), Shannon Rothenberger Flynn, (Ojibwe/Bear Clan descent), Tim Trew (Water Protector), singer-songwriter Jay Mankita , John Cronin III (Founding Riverkeeper), Fidel Moreno (Huichol/ChiChimeca/Mexican-American), Etaoqua (Tunxis) and singer-songwriter Paul McMahon.


First time Festival performers include: British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe, Tommy Emmanuel, Montreal based folk-rock band The Barr Brothers; singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Valerie June; modern day songster, minstrel & bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; the throat-singing, slide guitar-playing one-man-band The Suitcase Junket; cellist, singer, and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Leyla McCalla; husband & wife team Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams; brass band Lucky Chops, John Trudell’s Bad Dog with Joel Rafael. As part of the Clearwater Festival’s mission to present artists from around the world, these acts will also be making their Clearwater debut:  salsa band Jimmy Bosch Y Su Sexteto del Otro Mundo; A-WA – three Israeli sisters that combine Yemenite folk singing with electronic dance music; the great Puerto Rican plena and bomba group, Plena Libre; indie Mambo band Orkesta Mendoza and Cuban songstress Daymé Arocena.

Longtime Clearwater friends joining us for the weekend include Tom Paxton, Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, Holly Near, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, David Amram, Josh White Jr., Joanne Shenandoah, The Kennedys, Martha Redbone’s Roots Project and The Vanaver Caravan.

There will be a number of tributes at this year’s festival including ones to Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie, Oscar Brand and Buckwheat Zydeco. Joan Osborne will be singing a set of Bob Dylan’s music and Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution will perform a special New Orleans’ arrangement of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which celebrates it 50th anniversary on June 2.

The sloop Clearwater will embark from the festival on a historic sail to Washington, D.C., just like Pete Seeger did in 1970, to bring a message that clean water is a right, not a privilege for all. There will be a ceremony featuring performers and speakers to wish the Clearwater well on its journey.

Visit for the Workshop Stage schedule for Standing Rock on the Hudson…