People's Music Network

for Songs of Freedom and Struggle

Friday Night Concert, 7:30pm

PMN_Fri_night_concert_poster_Jan_29_2016PMN Winter Gathering Concert

Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:30 PM

Hackett Middle School

45 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY

This concert is the opening event for the PMN Winter Gathering, which runs Jan 29-31. One concert ticket is included if you register for the full PMN Winter Gathering.

Friday Night Concert Tickets are also available to the public (and to one-day-only PMN Gathering registrants) at the rates below:

  • General Admission – Advance: $20; Day of Show: $25; Solidarity Price: $35
  • Student & Low Income – Advance: $10; Day of Show: $15

eventbrite tickets

This concert is jointly sponsored by Peoples Music Network, working through music toward a better world for all; and The 8th Step, America’s oldest, continuously running, nonprofit coffeehouse & concert stage. If you are not registering for the PMN Winter Gathering, tickets are purchased through the The 8th Step, using the link above.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The main entrances are wheelchair accessible. There is one is located on the Southwest corner in the back of the building off the parking lot. The other entrance is located to the right of the front entrance on the front of the building, which faces Delaware Avenue. Ask us about getting on the elevator.


Joe-smallJOE JENCKS: Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. He is the 2016 PMN Artist in

Taina-smallTAINA ASILI is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and bandleader combining powerful vocals with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock. Her music offers a sound that spans continents, exuding strength of Spirit, inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.


The Peace Poets-smallTHE PEACE POETS are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Their art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Their style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. They hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005.

kay-olanKAY OLAN (“Ionataiewas”), Mohawk educator and storyteller, has spoken for over 25 years about the Haudenosaunee (Mohawk). She is former director of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke (near Canajoharie), where Mohawk elder Tom Porter is leading a linguistic, cultural and spiritual resurgence. In 2009, she won the Jigonsaseh Women of Peace Award for her efforts to promote harmony and understanding through education of Haudenosaunee culture, values, language, and tradition.


RUTH PELHAM is a singer-songwriter-activist, using music to bring a fresh vision of world peace and social change in concerts at local parks and nursing homes and at international arts exchange. Director of Albany’s legendary MusicMobile, her award-winning music has enriched the Capital Region and beyond for decades. A co-founder & Board member of Children’s Music Network, she received its Magic Penny award.

Ben Grosscup-smallBEN GROSSCUP performs songs of struggle and social critique in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. His songs make no apology for their biting critique of current events. Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben is the executive director of People’s Music Network, and has been a PMN member since 2005.

Charlie-smallCHARLIE KING is a musical storyteller and dead-on political satirist who sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Shaped by ’60s folk music, including the protest songs of the Civil Rights and Vietnam War era, he has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. In 1977 he co-founded PMN with Pete Seeger and others.


Download the Program Book for the 2016 Friday Night Concert (PDF) 9 mb