Big-name folks fete folk's living legend

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Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp and Emmylou Harris are among the dozens of musicians who will celebrate American folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday with a gala concert May 3 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The event, dubbed the Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders, will raise funds and awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization founded by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson.

Also among the 45 acts scheduled to appear are Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello, Warren Haynes. Billy Bragg, Michael Franti and Ben Harper.

The concert is part of a series of Seeger birthday events benefiting Clearwater.

David J. Prince is a contributor to Billboard.
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