Pete Seeger plays Reclaim the Coast Benefit.

(NYC, July 24th 2010): Last night acclaimed folk singer, activist and environmentalist, Pete Seeger opened a series of three “Reclaim The Coast” concerts being held at City Winery. Seeger, 91, performed anumber of tunes including the debut of his newly penned song, “Drill Baby Drill…Spill Baby Spill”, written in response to the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 400 peope attended the event and similar crowds are anticipated on Sunday night and Friday July 30th.

A longtime social, political and environmental activist and driving force behind the Hudson Watershed Restoration, Seeger has said that the Deepwater Spill will prove to be the most costly and long lasting environmental disaster to strike the USA.

The  series of benefit concerts is being produced by City Winery to help raise funds for the reclaiming and cleaning efforts of the Gulf Coast. Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank on April 20th, 2010, causing the worst oil spill in US history, thousands of birds, sea turtles and marine mammals have died. In addition to the environmental disaster writ large, thousands of people along the Gulf Coast who rely on fishing and tourism have lost their livelihoods. The cleanup and restoration efforts will require decades of work, and the 24 hr new cycle has already moved on.

Please help mitigate those effects by supporting this series of benefit concerts. 100% of tickets proceeds will be donated equally to the Gulf Restoration Network, under the umbrella of healthygulf.org, and Global Green, globalgreen.org. Both non-profits have been hard at work along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle , supporting and assisting a coalition of stakeholders dedicated to protecting and restoring the Gulf of Mexico for the populations dependent on this imperiled natural treasure.

This new series of concerts Reclaim the Coast follows on the heels of the very successful series of concerts, held in January at City Winery that raised over $100,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. Now, as then, all of the artists are donating their time and talent for this awareness and fund raising effort.

100% of tickets sales will be donated and attendance to the concert is only $22.00 per ticket for the first night on the July 23rd, and $15.00 per ticket for the 25th or 30th . All ticket purchases are deductible as allowed by law and attendance to any concert will result in much needed aid ending up in the hands of people in dire need of help. As the hurricane season fast approaches, now is the time to further boost the clean up efforts and ensure that life in the Gulf can return to normal as quickly as possible.

Artists confirmed for the Reclaim the Gulf benefit concert include the acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and composer, Richard Barone, indie darlings Elysian Fields, Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow, singer-songwriter-poet-photographer Mike Doughty, pop-driven piano-playing singer-songwriter Ian Axel, New Orleans-style R&B Funk artist Ed Romanoff, and the soulful, raw and honest singing from Martin Rivas. More artists are to be confirmed in the following days, so please visit www.citywinery.com for more details.

In addition to the donation of the ticket proceeds, City Winery will be bottling a special blend  and donating $25 from the sale of each bottle sold on the night. The Reclaim the Coast Benefit Cabernet will only be available from the winery’s cellar door each night. The target is $50,000 to be raised over the three nights to help Reclaim the Coast.

FULL LINE UP AND TICKET LINKS (as of July 19th)
July 23rd
Reclaim the Coast – Night 1

Pete Seeger, Richard Barone, The Roches, Mike Doughty, Elysian Fields, Lucy Wainwright Roche, James Maddock, Julie Gold, Peter Yarrow (More TBA)
http://www.citywinery.com/events/93762

July 25th
Reclaim the Coast  – Night 2

Ian Axel, Ed Romanoff, The Madison Square Gardeners, Paula Valstein, The Spring Standards, The Wellspring, Rich Pagano (More TBA)
http://www.citywinery.com/events/93763

July 28th
Channeling Chilton – The Music of Alex Chilton

Not an official Reclaim the Coast concert,  however all proceeds will also benefit the Gulf Restoration Network.

Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, Jody Stephens, Doug Garrison, Rene Coman, Alan Vega, Jon Spencer(of the Blues Explosion), Jon Auer, Fran Kowalski, Chris Stamey, Jay Proctor, Bill Cunningham, Gary Talley, Evan Dando, Chuck Prophet, Terry Manning , Danny Krohah plus members of The Gories and Jay & The Techniques.
http://www.citywinery.com/events/93429

July 30th
Reclaim the Coast – Night 3

Martin Rivas, Jay Nash, Christina Courtin, Among the Oak and Ash(More TBA)
http://www.citywinery.com/events/93764