|Thursday Jul 02, 2015 6:30 PM - Thursday Jul 02, 2015 9:30 PM | $20.00
Dean Stevens: A Family Reunited: A Benefit Concert
This benefit reception and concert, featuring Dean Stevens, bilingual musician, Spanish interpreter and long time Central America activist and traveler.(www.deanstevens.com) celebrates the reunion of a family separated during El Salvador's civil war, and raises funds for mother Estér's travel expenses, and for Pro Busqueda, the phenomenal Salvadoran organization that made this momentous reunion possible. (http://www.probusqueda.org.sv/)
For twenty five years Dean Stevens has
delighted audiences of all ages throughout the
Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive
style and wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught
guitar style with a versatile and expressive
singing voice. He has established himself as
a formidable creator and interpreter of a
wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish.
His own material explores a variety of personal
and social topics, paints sketches of people and
places, celebrates the Earth, and
annoys the narrow minded.
"Dean Stevens; remember that name; we'll be hearing a lot more from him. Dean Stevens will inspire you. Great voice!!
"Seeing and hearing Dean Stevens live on stage is proof that sanity,
literacy, love, hope, and the forces of good are still alive and well
and at work in the universe. Every song is offered with immediacy,
humanity, and humor underscored by the most articulate and inspired
guitar work you'll hear anywhere on the topical folk circuit. His
powerful anthem to natural cycles, Salmon, and well-chosen covers,
particularly David Dodson's brilliant indictment of our fossil fuel
addiction, Gasoline, will convince you that you are in the presence of a
thinking and compassionate master communicator at the peak of his
powers. Losing your faith? Go to a Dean Stevens concert!"
~~ GeoffBartley, February 12, 2004
Two Brattleboro, VT women, adopted in 1981 during the civil war in El Salvador will be reuniting with their birth mother this July after 35 years of separation. With the help of a Salvadoran human rights organization called Asociacion Probusqueda por los ninas y ninos, Isabel and Ana Willliams were reconnected with their birth family in 2010. After five years of determination and dedication on the part of friends and allies working alongside their family in both the U.S. and El Salvador, the family finally succeeded in securing the visa that will bring their birth mother to America this July.
To contribute to this very worthy effort, you can also visit their crowdfunding page: http://www.gofundme.com/udesv4c
The Williams family will be holding a benefit concert at the Hooker Dunham Theatre on July 2nd in order to raise awareness and funds to help with the cost of the reunion and to support the work of Asociacion Pro-Busqueda. A representative from the organization will speak about the ongoing work of reuniting families separated during the Salvadoran civil war. Founded in 1994, following the Peace Accords and the subsequent creation of the Truth Commission, Asociacion Pro-Busqueda was formed through the desire of families seeking to find their children who had been forcibly disappeared by state forces during the civil war. With the shared vision and guidance of the late Father Jon Cortina of the Jesuit Order and the dedication of its staff which is comprised of family members searching for their disappeared loved ones, Asociacion Pro-Busqueda has become a strong voice for justice in El Salvador.
For more information about the organization, go to: www.probusqueda.org.sv
To view a short film featuring the testimony about the separation of the Williams sisters from their family, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMi8SSG7AKI
Or visit the website of the Unfinished Sentences Project and view; "We Never Stopped Looking for You: The Disappeared Children of the Canoas Massacre, El Salvador."
Hooker Dunham Theater (View)
139 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|