Legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow to perform in Steamboat for the first time | SteamboatToday.com

Legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow to perform in Steamboat for first time


Legendary folk musician Peter Yarrow will be in town to headline Chief Theater. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Peter Yarrow, of the former Peter, Paul and Mary trio, still sings, protests and remains a firm believer in music’s ability to create community.

Yarrow will be in Steamboat Springs for the first time as he headlines the Singer Songwriter Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Chief Theater.

If you go

What: Songwriter Series: Peter Yarrow 

When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. 

Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist, both with Peter, Paul and Mary and as a solo performer, are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring.

As a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow recorded seven Top 10 singles, seven gold records, two double platinums and nine Top 20 albums. The group also received 16 Grammy Award nominations and won five Grammy Awards.

Yarrow helped write some of the group’s most popular songs, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done” and “Light One Candle.”

Over the years, Yarrow has dedicated his time and talent to issues ranging from equal rights, the environment, hospice care, education and more.

Peter, Paul and Mary also participated in the civil rights movement, which brought them to Washington in 1963 to sing for the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the equally historic Selma-Montgomery march in 1965.

“The civil rights movement without music would’ve been equivalent to a bird without wings,” Yarrow said. “People can be moved by music, but when they sing, when it’s written from the heart, it’s very powerful. It’s unifying.”

He went on to produce and coordinate numerous events for the peace/anti-Vietnam War movement, including festivals at Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium. These efforts culminated in his co-organizing the 1969 Celebration of Life, a now-famous march on Washington, in which a half-million people participated.

Yarrow’s continuing work includes founding Operation Respect and its “Don’t Laugh At Me” initiative, which is based on his passionate belief that music can be a powerful organizing tool.

In addition to the shows, there will be a meet and greet held at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To purchase tickets, visit chieftheater.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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