2009-10-02 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Peter And Paul To Pay Tribute To Mary Travers In Concert

Peter, Paul and Mary (photo credit: Kevin Mazur) Peter, Paul and Mary (photo credit: Kevin Mazur) Live Nation will present Peter and Paul in a tribute to Mary Travers at the Capital One Bank Theatre at West bury on Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m. The show will be a celebration of 50 years of the music and friendship of Peter Yarrow, Noel "Paul" Stookey, and Mary Travers.

"We have always thought of West - bury Music Fair as one of our most treasured 'homes' for concerts," said Yarrow. "Only at this theatre have flow ers been brought to the stage each year by children after we sing 'Puff, the Magic Dragon.' The audience has embraced us as family, even more than as performers. Mary loved performing at Westbury. Her sense of direct contact with the people from that famous revolving stage would bring forth some of her funniest, most ironic, and most open moments of her performing career. Although her passing deeply saddens us all, we shall toast to Mary, celebrate her, and dedicate this concert to her. Additionally, you, the audience, will be invited to sing her part on 'Leaving on a Jet Plane,' and join Noel (Paul) and me on other songs. That's how she'll join us. We will all feel a profound sense of loss but we will also rejoice as we celebrate the wondrous legacy of Mary Travers and our cherished history together."

Peter, Paul and Mary began performing together in 1961 at The Bitter End in New York City's Greenwich Vill age. They went on to become the most successful folk music group of the sixties, releasing more than 30 albums during their 48 years together. Amidst their vast catalogue of folk songs were the hit singles "Lemon Tree," "Puff The Magic Dragon," "Blowin in the Wind," "I Dig Rock and Roll Music" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane." They sang "If I Had a Hammer" at the 1963 March on Washington, best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999 and received the prestigious Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. Peter, Paul and Mary reclaimed folk music's potency as a social, cultural and political force, but few at the time imagined how fervently and pervasively the group's message of humanity, hope and activism would be embraced.

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