In an E-mail from Christine Lavin:
Riverside Church can hold 2400 people — there’s plenty of room for anyone who would like to attend. Below are directions by subway or car. Thanks so much for spreading the word — Christine Lavin
ODETTA MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 24th
at Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
Closest trains are # 1 train to either 116th Street stop or the 125th Street stop. Riverside Church is located between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue between 120th and 122nd Streets.
If driving, take the West Side Highway, get off at 125th Street exit. Turn right onto St. Clair Place for .1 mile. Take slight right onto W. 125th Street/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd for .1 mile. Turn right onto Broadway for .4 mile. Turn right on W. 120th Street for .1 mile. Turn right onto Riverside Drive for .1 mile, end at 490 Riverside Drive.
WHO: David Amram, Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Oscar Brand, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Ruby Dee, Steve Earle, Wavy Gravy, Geoffrey Holder, Holmes Bros. w/ Seth Farber, Maria Muldaur & Marie Knight, Emory Joseph, Bernice Reagon, Sonia Sanchez, Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Josh White, Jr., and Peter Yarrow & the Brooklyn Tech Chorus. More special guests to follow, in addition to video tributes.
WHAT: Celebration of the life and career of ODETTA, “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” (December 31, 1930 – December 2, 2008)
WHERE: RIVERSIDE CHURCH, 490 Riverside Drive (at 121st Street), New York, New York 10027. Tele: 212-870-6700
WHEN: Tuesday, February 24th at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Odetta was a transformational musical artist of the 20th Century, and “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement.” In a career that spanned more than sixty years, she was the first major influence on the careers of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin. Free to the public, the Memorial Celebration will include video highlights of Odetta’s life, in addition to song performances and words of remembrance presented by celebrated artists who knew and worked with Odetta. “If only one could be sure that every 50 years a voice and a soul like Odetta’s would come along, the centuries would pass so quickly and painlessly we would hardly recognize time.” (Maya Angelou)