(SCHENECTADY, N.Y.) – Folk music legends Pete and Peggy Seeger, Tom Rush, and Dougie MacLean bring the curtain down on the season at the Eighth Step at Proctors this weekend, helping to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the folk music series. Singer-songwriter Tom Rush performs in the GE Theatre on Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m; Pete and Peggy Seeger perform on the Mainstage at Proctors on Sunday, May 12, at 7pm; and Scottish storyteller-songwriter-guitarist Dougie MacLean is in the GE Theater on Tuesday, May 14, at 7p.m.
For four and a half decades the Eighth Step has brought to upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, the Hudson Valley and lower Vermont — and often way beyond — a steady stream of incredible acoustic music: folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and world music. The performer roster comprises a folk “Who’s Who” that includes Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tom Paxton, banjo wizard Tony Trischka, Odetta, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Arlo Guthrie, David Grier, Bucky Pizzarelli, Holly Near, Dave Van Ronk, Ronnie Gilbert, Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Martha Redbone, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen.
The Eighth Step was founded in 1967 in Albany as a church coffeehouse, and since 2007 has been in residence at Proctors. This past season was the Eighth Step’s 45th consecutive season, making it the nation’s longest, continuously running nonprofit coffeehouse.
For further information, call The Eighth Step at 518-434-1703/518-527-3730, or visit online at the Eighth Step. Proctors Theatre is wheelchair accessible; garage parking is free around the corner on Broadway.