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On Friday night, October 21, Pete Seeger, 92, and other notable musicians, including composer David Amram and blues musician Guy Davis, joined the Occupy Wall Street protestors in a semi-impromptu march on Columbus Circle. Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Pete Seeger’s grandson, is sympathetic to the OWS protestors and pitched the idea to some of the OWS Direct Action committee members as well as his grandfather. Both agreed to the idea and the OWSers left Zuccotti Park around 7pm to head up and meet Seeger and his band at Symphony Space, on 96th St and Broadway. The effort was the product of only a day’s organising, according to Abigail Weintraub, an OWS activist.
Seeger marched with the protestors down to Columbus Circle where he also held a short concert. Throughout the march and the concert, classics, such as “This Little Light of Mine” could be heard with lyrics altered to the present day.
Police estimated around 200-300 attendees as did one of the OWS Live Stream operators.
There were many people throughout playing instruments. Later we saw this guy up on the Columbus Circle monument playing with Pete and the band.
Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Pete's grandson and an organiser of the evening's event. He rushed instruments to the front for a performance.
Su Polo, a NYC based musician and artist, brought her dulcimer for the evening and joined in with the music playing.
And so are we, along with these folks who came out from SUNY Purchase. Elan in the centre is active with the Medic Group.
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