Friday Night Concert, 7:30pm
Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30 PM
Greenfield Middle School Auditorium
195 Federal St, Greenfield, MA
This inspiring night of activist music opens a full weekend event where artists and activists from across the Northeast and beyond will gather to sustain and develop traditions of music as a tool of social change. One concert ticket is included if you register for the full PMN Winter Gathering.
8:25AM, FRIDAY, JANUARY 27: ADVANCE TICKET SALES FOR THIS SHOW ARE NOW OVER. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE! PLEASE GET A TICKET AT THE DOOR.
- General Admission At the Door: $20
- Student & Low Income At the Door: $15
- Solidarity Price: $25
PMN’S POLICY IS TO NOT TURN ANYONE AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.
This concert is sponsored by Peoples Music Network, a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world. The concert serves as a showcase of PMN-affiliated artists who are advancing PMN’s mission through their music as well as a benefit concert for PMN — the largest one we put on each year.
The entrance on Sanderson Street is accessible. Enter there and follow signs for the elevator and take it to the 2nd floor. The front entrance of the building is not accessible.
THE FRUIT OF LABOR SINGING ENSEMBLE is the PMN Artist in Residence for the 2017 PMN Winter Gathering. The group was born out of the struggle of organizing African American workers in the “Black Belt” region of North Carolina and the South. More than twenty-two workers, at various times, have participated in this dynamic cultural workers organization. Recruited from workplace and community struggles, members use song to educate about working class history and about the fruitful victories (as well as the bitter setbacks) of oppressed peoples when we organize.
THE AMANDLA CHORUS brings powerful international music of justice, celebration, struggle, and peace. In addition to traditional and contemporary songs from around the world, Amandla performs original works by founder and director Eveline MacDougall and draws inspiration from its heroes: Cesar Chavez, Pete Seeger, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Wally and Juanita Nelson, and Malala Yousafzai. Amandla” means “power” in the South African language of Zulu.
MAURICE “SOULFIGHTER” TAYLOR is a grassroots cultural activist, a DJ, and spoken word artist. He served as a Bernie Sanders delegate. Based in Holyoke, MA, he’s the East coast director of Hip Hop Congress – a non-profit international grassroots organization that evolves hip hop culture by inspiring social action and creativity within the community.
VINCENT CROSS is a NYC-based rustic singer-songwriter who exemplifies the folk song tradition. With roots in Ireland and Australia, he draws inspiration from old-time mountain music, British ballads and traditional bluegrass. He also lyrically expresses an observant modern sensibility. He tours extensively in the US, Europe and Australia.
JOSHUA GARCIA is a folk-singer/songwriter whose music and writing style draws from his musical heroes: Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he now lives in Astoria, Queens. A believer in the Power of Song and ‘the album’ as an artistic format, Joshua is in production for his first long-play release slated for Summer 2017.
EVAN GREER is a radical genderqueer singer/songwriter,parent, and activist based in Boston. She tours internationally as a performer and speaker, including as part of the recent Rock Against the TPP! concert tour. A campaign director of a viral Internet freedom nonprofit, she writes regularly for The Guardian and Huffington Post.
DILSON HERNANDEZ and REN are mentors associated with Urban Art Beat in NYC. Dilson is a multi-genre artist from the Bronx, incorporating spoken word, various instruments, and singing. Currently a manager at Funkadelic Studios, he plans to graduate from the Institute of Audio Research as a certified audio engineer. Ren is an ARTSY EDUCATOR using poetry, song, and dance to express her creative and teaching nature.
GLORIA DE,LAYNE MATLOCK with MICHAEL NIX.
Gloria is an educator, dancer, poet, chorus director, and playwright. She grew up singing gospel and spirituals with The Robinson Singers, directed by her mother—songs that had been passed down from her great great grandmother. She has presented her workshops using music to heal racism throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Michael performs on classical guitar, banjar, banjo, and mandolin, throughout the United States and Asia. His five CD’s include recordings for solo Banjar and solo guitar, a duo CD with mandolinist Charles Moser, and two recordings with World Chamber Music trio The Pioneer Consort.
MOONLIGHT AND MORNINGSTAR have been singing together for over 20 years. They bring audiences into a world of diverse musical roots, with unique interpretations of Jazz standards, R & B classics, Gospel, Jewish song, Soul, along with their original songs and spoken word collaborations. Their music uplifts and inspires audiences of all ages.
LINDSEY WILSON is a singer/songwriter who embraces issues of the heart and mind in her original music. She writes love songs, protest tunes, and lyrics of empowerment. Her influences include Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Karen Carpenter, but her message is all her own.
BUY AN AD IN THE PROGRAM BOOK! (DEADLINE is Monday, January 25)
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Download Poster for the Friday Night Concert (PDF)
Download 30-Second Radio PSA for the PMN Winter Concert (MP3)