Tom Rush celebrates a half century onstage

Performs with many old friends in a sold-out ‘Club 47’ show at Boston Symphony Hall tonight

Watch starting at 7:30 tonight on Livestream (link after the jump)

Tom Rush (Photo by Michael Wiseman).

It’s hard to believe that singer Tom Rushhas been performing since 1962, but the calendar doesn’t lie.

Tom Rush onstage in 1962. (Photo by Jim Eng)

Tonight he’s marking the milestone with an intimate gathering at a little place in Boston – not far from his old stomping grounds at Club 47 in Cambridge – called Symphony Hall.

It’s a venue where Tom has held forth with his friends many times over the years. It can hold upwards of 2,600 people. Not bad for an old folkie to sell out a joint like that.

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? is planning to make the trek to Boston for this incredibly special show.

We aren’t accustomed to traveling for one-offs. But this event, which we backed on Kickstarter eons ago (actually, looking back it was funded in May), is going to be something special.

Tom is getting together with old colleagues and bandmates including Trevor Veitch, Buskin & Batteau, Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien, Joe Mennonna, Marshal Rosenberg and Paul Guzzone.

He’s also going to have other stars share the stage, as he has done over the years with his “Club 47” shows (named for the Cambridge coffeehouse now known as Club Passim). Jonathan Edwards and Nanci Griffith have been announced, but we’ll be floored if there aren’t others.

Edwards is a contemporary of Tom, while Nanci represents a later generation of folksinger. But Tom’s influence stretches to a new generation of musicians exploring folksong traditions.

Tonight’s representative of the new wave is Dom Clemons, one-third of the fantastic Carolina Chocolate Drops.

If you can’t be at Symphony Hall tonight, or just missed out on tickets, you’ll be able to join in the celebration on Livestream by clicking here. The Livestream starts at 7:30 p.m.

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