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October 7, 1999

American Folklife Center To Hold Benefit Concert

The American Folklife Center, in cooperation with the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, will hold a benefit concert on Wednesday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theater, 220 Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia.

Appearing will be Pete Seeger, with his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger; Christine Balfa and Dirk Powell; Geno Delofose; Stephen Wade; Hazel Dickens and Dudley Connell; Alan Jabbour; the gospel group "Prophecy" (composed of former D.C. policemen); members of the Henry Reed family and other special guests.

Tickets are $25 and are available from the Folk Alliance by phone (202) 835-3655 or through the Folk Alliance web site:

Proceeds from the concert will be used to create the Henry Reed Fund for Folk Artists at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. Named for West Virginia fiddler Henry Reed (1884-1968), the fund will be used to benefit folk artists and the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress. The Archive was founded in 1928 as a repository for American folk music and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic documentary materials from the United States and around the world. Additional donations may be sent directly to the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4610. Checks should be made payable to the American Folklife Center with "Henry Reed Fund" written on the comment line.

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PR 99-151
ISSN 0731-3527

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