Puff The Magic Dragon is alive and well with Peter Yarrow

VERO BEACH – Folksinger Peter Yarrow returns to the Emerson Center stage for LIVE! From Vero Beach, Thursday Jan. 25 at 7 p.m, retaining the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary, and carrying on the trio’s tradition as well as the popularity of his solo career.

Known for his songwriting, sound quality and commitment to excellence, Peter Yarrow, along with Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers, made up the popular folk group Peter, Paul & Mary.

The trio produced such standard ’60s hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Puff the Magic Dragon”; with much of their music centered around the social issues and concerns of the times.

Yarrow’s singing career began after receiving a psychology degree from Cornell University. Upon graduating, he went to Greenwich Village, where he met up with Noel Stookey and Mary Travers.  In 1961 they performed in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse which eventually led to other dates in folk clubs in Chicago and San Francisco and New York where the group began a national tour lasting almost ten years.

In 1970 the three disbanded to pursue solo careers. Yarrow concentrated on his songwriting and political convictions. He produced three CBS television specials based on “Puff the Magic Dragon,” which earned him an Emmy nomination.

In 1978, Yarrow organized Survival Sunday, an anti-nuclear benefit, and was once again touring with his comrades Stookey and Travers, incorporating new songs on their tours, like “El Salvador,” a song about the sufferings in Central America.

Yarrow produced “Light One Candle,” written for the peace process in Israel in 1985.

This Peter Yarrow performance is a memorable evening of music, camaraderie and “Puff’s special magic” for everyone, young and old alike. Peter’s music and songs resonate with a history that he and his musical compatriots, Paul and Mary, not only helped to write, but one that has changed and inspired millions to continue to keep on keepin’ on, hold firm to principle, and not be deterred in the face of adversity.

Something special occurs when Peter famously brings an audience together in song, creating a caring community in a way that only folksingers can.  Peter Yarrow’s ability to write songs about social concerns made him an internationally recognized singer and songwriter. His part in the success of Peter, Paul & Mary has made him a folk legend.

Tickets are on sale now for this show and all remaining concerts by visiting www.MusicWorksConcerts.com or calling (800)595-4849.

The other performers include Live From Laurel Canyon-Thursday, Feb. 8, Poco-Thursday, Feb. 15, The Association-Thursday, Feb. 22, Broken Arrow-A Tribute to Neil Young – Thursday, March 1, “1964” – The Tribute – Thursday, March 8, Firefall-Thursday, March 15 and John Sebastian-Friday, March 30.

Presenting Sponsor of the 9-concert series is Cindy O’Dare. Other sponsors include Alex MacWilliam Real Estate, The Audiohouse, Rob Callery and Bruce McDonald of Ocean Oaks Dental Group, Rennick Real Estate, CenterState, Barth Construction, New Vision Eye Center, Ocean Grill and GHO Homes. ABC Printing is the Printing sponsor, Majestic Theatre is the Screen Sponsor and the Cultural Council of Indian River County, Indian River Land Trust and Quail Valley Charities Inc. are the non-profit partners.

The Emerson Center is conveniently located on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. This show is produced by Rusty Young of MusicWorks, Inc. and Bev and Marty Paris of Paris Productions.  A uniformed officer will be on premises before and during the duration of the concert providing safety and security for our patrons. Come early and purchase drinks and appetizers from the new Emerson Center Café. For more information call (772) 234-4412.

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