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

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 SongPete Seeger with a group of Native American musicians
  • If I Had a HammerJohn Mellencamp
  • A Ride Back HomeJohn Mellencamp
  • Tim Robbins tribute
  • To My Old Brown Earth – New York City Labor Chorus
  • Which Side Are You OnBruce Cockburn, Ani DiFranco
  • John HenryTom 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
  • InternationaleBilly Bragg
  • Union Maid – Billy Bragg, Mike & Ruthy Merenda, Dar Williams, New York City Labor Chorus
  • Sailin’ Up, Sailin’ DownPete Seeger, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Toshi Reagon, Warren Haynes, Tao Rodruguez-Seeger
  • False From True Steve Earle, Warren Haynes, Buddy Miles
  • The Water is WideEmmylou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, New York City Labor Chorus
  • Dink’s SongBruce Cockburn, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus and Martha Wainwright
  • Toshi Seeger and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine John Seeger, Joan Baez
  • Banjo Medley (with Blue Skies & Happy Birthday) – Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka
  • Waist Deep in Muddy Water – Tom Morello, Taj Mahal
  • Where Have All the Flowers GoneJoan Baez
  • The Torn Flag (poem) – Ruby Dee /Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesireBela Fleck
  • Bring ‘Em Home – Tyler Ramsey, Ben Bridwell, Patterson Hood, Warren Haynes, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • We Shall OvercomePete 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 the BucketKris Kristofferson and Ani DiFranco
  • Little BoxesTommy 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 WeepArlo Guthrie, Del McCoury, John Hall, Tony Trischka, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Worried Man BluesArlo 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 FarmKris 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 FriendEmmylou 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 InPreservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Well May the World Go – All
  • This Little Light of Mine – All
  • Goodnight IrenePete Seeger & All




  1. […] vez más que soy un desastre. Adrian me había comunicado hace más de un mes que se iba a celebrar el concierto homenaje a Pete Seeger, que ya tenía una cosa comprometida (la que ha publicado hoy de Julio), y que si yo […]

  2. Claus Chrispeels said

    Dear Mister Seeger,

    when I was a joung man, I heard Derrol Adams and Tom Paley on a folk – festival in Germany – and the sparkling sound of a five – string – Banjo.

    So I baught me a banjo and your small book – How to Play the Five-String-banjo – and since that time I love your music and your songs. Thank you!

    I wish you all the best for your Birthday. Swing with Peace!

    Claus Chrispeels

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