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New York festival to honor folk singer Pete Seeger

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state's Hudson Valley region.

Seeger's grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said Wednesday the free Seeger Fest will run July 17-21 and will celebrate the lives of the famous singer and his late wife, Toshi Seeger.

Seeger Fest will include a memorial service at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see) and concerts, including one in Manhattan's Central Park. Musical artists involved include the Chapin Sisters, Steve Earle and DJ Kool Herc.

There will be events throughout the Hudson Valley to honor the Seegers' commitment to the community.

Seeger Fest will open with the screening of a documentary about the singer, who died in January at age 94.

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