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The American folk singer and activist Seeger was a beloved voice during the 1940s and '50s. In the 1960s, his music articulated the struggles in the country, including civil rights and the environment. He is best known for his hits, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Marlene agreed and said, "Folk's not lazy, and it's not slow. People can pick faster than drummers can double bass it's a matter of finding the rhythm in it. It addresses people in a cerebral and a heartfelt way, differently than other kinds of music. You have to be willing to be open and receptive."
Musicians participating in the Morris Burner Hotel Folk Festival mingle on stage at the Morris Hotel on July 9. The festival will take place as part of Artown starting on Friday.(Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)
"I wanted to connect the Morris to Artown," Marlene said. "I feel like Artown and Reno need to understand what the 10 principles of Burning Man stand for, and I don't know how we connect people with the music they love if we don't put it in an accessible venue. Artown is super accessible, and everyone can find it; I think bringing people to the Morris and getting Fourth Street awakened would be a good thing."
The folk fest will feature 25 local bands; art cars; a community jam tent; food; art vendors; and a Hookah lounge. Each day includes a theme, such as "Indie Folk," "Back to the '60s" and "Bluegrass Beyond," and all of the bands must perform one Seeger song as a tribute to his memory and music.
Musician Katie Lubiens plays her fiddle July 9 at the Morris Reebok Rose Gold Sneakers
A month later, not only was the Folk Festival at the Morris Hotel in the works, it had turned into an event for the annual monthlong art and music fest, Artown.
"The basis of all music is folk music," Marlene said. "You can hear and see the talent because there's nothing to hide it."
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"We are looking to bring that age group in those that miss what they knew, the voice that spoke for them, that helped them define their thoughts, their political ideals, their social behavior those voices helped people find a movement, and it came out of that music to a very large degree," Marlene said.
stories and art at Morris Hotel Folk Fest
"When festivals first started, they were mostly folk festivals," Knight said. "It started off with people playing acoustic music instead of what has transformed into rock music. It's more personal; instead of it being about the party, it's more about the music."
Hotel.(Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)During a conversation earlier this year, after the death of beloved folk musician Pete Seeger, musicians Jill Marlene and Josiah Knight threw around the idea of joining local musicians to celebrate folk music and Seeger's work.
In January, he died in New York City at 94.
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"I was super sad when Seeger died," Marlene said. "So many strong voices have been silenced by time, and his was a really good one. I think of him as what America should be being able to stand up for what you think."
three Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Having moved to Reno three years ago, Knight has performed London Saucony
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