The one thing in the every-changing career of Rufus Wainwright that has remained a constant is the purity of his voice. It was no surprise that that voice was in fine form during his set at the Clearwater Festival. Playing solo piano and acoustic guitar, Rufus played favorites like "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk," "I Don't Know What it Is" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." A highly recommended listen, for sure!
There are few bands who exemplify the term "WFUV Favorite" as well as The Mavericks do: Not easy to classify, but easy to love. Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds, Paul Deakin, Eddie Perez and Jerry Dale McFadden didn't disappoint the music lovers at Clearwater 2014, closing out the main Rainbow Stage on Saturday.
The mighty Hudson River runs 315 miles, from the Adirondacks down to New York City. Its grand beauty has inspired many a poet and a painter. Its near-destruction due to industrial pollution has motivated environmental activism and action to protect and preserve this ecological treasure. None more important, or inspiring, than one folk-singer's visionary decision to "build a boat to save the river" by holding fundraising concerts around the Hudson River Valley. Fortunately, the boat Pete Seeger envisioned as the Hudson Sloop Clearwater did get built, and saving the river is what the non-profit organization Clearwater continues to do to this day.
Hear the sounds of the Clearwater Festival on FUV this weekend. See the full schedule.