World-renowned musicians and performers coming to Downtown Yonkers.

Combining the power of music with protection of the environment – the theme of the Earth Grooves concert – has been a hallmark of Clearwater from the time it was founded by folksinger and environmental activist Pete Seeger. There is always music on board the Clearwater and in all we do.

Celebrating our connection to nature as well as to cultures around the globe, Earth Grooves will present a wonderful evening of music and dance from indigenous traditions that have a uniquely close relationship to the Earth: West African, Native American and Andean. It will be emceed by the renowned Composer, Conductor, Storyteller, Scholar and Multi-Instrumentalist, David Amram. Some of it will be contemplative and meditative; some of it full of energy and celebratory. The evening will also include short poetic readings on our relationship to nature and a dialog among the performers and Amram about how different cultures perceive and express that relationship.

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Linking us to the Earth and to cultures around the globe, Clearwater presents Earth Grooves – a wonderful evening of music and dance from traditions that have uniquely close relationships to nature and the Earth.

The concert features West African Legend, Abdoulaye Diabete, The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the Agua Clara Andean Ensemble.The event will be hosted by renowned musician, composer, conductor and storyteller, David Amram.  The performance will include moments full of energy and celebration, and moments that are contemplative and reflective.  The evening will also include short poetic readings about our relationship to nature and dialog among the performers about how their cultures approach and express this.  We offer a V.I.P. reception at 6 pm featuring ‘The EarthTones’ – an a cappella group, and father and son musicians David and Jacob Bernz. Local wine and cheese will be served. V.I.P. tickets will include seats in the front rows at the concert.


The concert will be held in the awe-inspiring 600-seat sanctuary of Yonkers’ historic Saint John’s Episcopal Church on Getty Square. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982, the church dates back to 1752, with additions in 1849 and 1874.

VIP Reception

The concert itself will begin at 7:00 PM. Starting at 6:00, Clearwater will host a wine-and-cheese VIP reception at the Church, where there will be special Earth Day music and entertainment provided by The EarthTones, “Women’s a cappella for a cause” and popular folk singer, songwriter and instrumentalist father-son duo David and Jacob Bernz. VIP tickets, $100, also entitle holders to front-rows seating at the concert.

Clearwater and Yonkers

The sloop Clearwater has traditionally docked a number of times each year on the Yonkers waterfront. In the summer of 2015, however, Clearwater will officially designate Yonkers a Clearwater Home Port, as part of an arrangement facilitated by the Downtown Waterfront BID and the City of Yonkers that will result in more frequent docking of the sloop there and an array of dockside activities. With the combined and coordinated presence of the Science Barge and the Beczak Center, it will help make the Yonkers Riverfront a school and family destination for Hudson River environmental education and celebration. The formal announcements and events marking the Yonkers Home Port designation will occur this summer. The Earth Grooves Concert will be Clearwater’s first major event in Yonkers leading up to the announcement.