People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

2017 Summer Gathering Friday Night Concert

Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:30 PM

Camp Kinderland, Paul Robeson Theatre 

1543 Colebrook River Road, Tolland, MA 01034

playhouse-1The People’s Music Network Summer Gathering Friday Night Concert is the opening event for a three day weekend of music for social justice from June 2-4, 2017. This showcase concert takes place in the Paul Robeson Theatre at Camp Kinderland, located in Tolland, MA. The show features 2017 PMN Artist-in-Residence, Jane Sapp, and five other wonderful artists (see below). These performers represent a small slice of the many PMN members who are making music for social change.

The concert is open to the public for a suggested donation of $10-20 at the door. Concert admission is included with registration for the PMN Summer Gathering. Immediately following the concert, at 10:00pm, there will be a Campfire Song Swap at the fireplace (next to Dining Hall) which is open to all gathering participants.



Jane SappJANE SAPP is a cultural worker for social justice whose main tools and approach are music, song and stories. Most recently, she worked as a cultural facilitator with the newly forming foundation, the Southern Partners Fund, and also undertook documentation of activists in the rural south who were grantees of the Bert and Mary Meyer Foundation. During the 2017 PMN Summer Gathering, in addition to headlining this concert, Jane Sapp will present two workshops and give a plenary session on the role of musicians in social justice movements. She will also give a number of one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Other Performers (in alphabetical order)

Tem-BlessedTEM BLESSED is a socially conscious Hip-Hop Artist who makes music about social justice, sustainability and climate change. Born in West Africa to Cape Verdean parents, Tem currently resides in Hadley, MA. A “Green For All” fellow and a Artist in Residence, Tem inspires audiences towards positive change and global responsibility.

D. ColinD. COLIN writes about spirituality, pan-Africanism, personal experiences and the intersection between race, class and gender. She has performed at venues throughout the United States and in Toronto, London, and Glasgow. She has competed at the National Poetry Slam (2012) and at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (2016). Her first collection of poems, Dreaming in Kreyol,pays homage to her Haitian heritage. In Troy, NY she teaches 8th grade English and hosts a weekly open mic called Poetic Vibe.

vincent-crossVINCENT 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.

Dave DershamDAVE DERSHAM is an indie-folk, eco-social justice driven songwriter, based in Northampton, MA. He is a member of Constant Clip Records, a national label that produced “Songs for the Gulf,” a fund-raiser responding to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.  CCR’s vision: “The writing is what matters….many of us have other pursuits, but the one thing we have in common is song.”

Marcia TaylorMARCIA TAYLOR of Providence, Rhode Island, fosters music-making on the street, in schools, houses of worship and wherever communities gather.   She considers herself something of a ‘musical midwife’,  supporting authentic expression for all peoples.  Taylor writes and records her own material and nurtures the deep roots of the folks tradition in all its varied forms.


Rob_handballROB PECK is the C.E.A. (Creativity Energizing Agent) of Zestworks – a motivational speaking and training company whose core mission is to make content come alive by linking lessons with laughter. A juggler, singer, and harmonica player who has joined PMN in recent years he feels that the community of kindred spirits at PMN encourages and empowers him in using music and the arts to positively address social change and champion a better world.