Farewell to the Thief! CD Release Concert and Backbone Campaign Benefit
In a benefit for the Backbone Campaign, (www.backbonecampaign.org) New York City singer/songwriter and labor activist George Mann will join the Seattle Labor Chorus, Patriot Act, Citizens Band, and Jim Page in a CD release concert. The CD is "Farewell to the Thief", a compilation of songs about peace, justice, and the last eight years of the Bush Administration, and the concert happens Friday, October 17th, 7:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Avenue NW, in Ballard, 98117. Tickets are $10 advance/$12 door.
"This CD is the fourth in a series of compilations called "Hail to the Thief", featuring songs by musicians across the country - including several in the Pacific Northwest - about what has happened to this country during the Bush Administration. This music has kept up our spirits through these eight years of suffering, making sure that we do not sit silently by while damage is done. Bad things happen when good people stay silent; this CD is our way of not being quiet," explains Janet Stecher, Seattle Labor Chorus Director. "And after eight years of George Bush we need the hope and vision of the Backbone Campaign to start putting this country back together. Getting folks to realize that they have to participate in their own democracy is essential. It can be fun, and if you don't do something, you're responsible for having a G.W. Bush in office."
The CD series is a collection of some of the best songs written during the Bush years, highlighting many of the nation's best-known folksingers, such as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Anne Feeney, Billy Bragg, Jim Page, Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, emma's revolution, and many more. The 21-song CD will be for sale that evening or online at www.shop.georgeandjulius.com. Producer George Mann, who will perform several songs at the benefit, is a folksinger and former union organizer from New York City. He has produced four CDs in the "Hail to the Thief!" series since 2001. Mann's music speaks of the struggles of working people, the effort to build a more peaceful world, and the injustice of the current administration and its wars. (www.georgeandjulius.com)
Also performing that night will be the Seattle Labor Chorus, a community chorus that sings contemporary and traditional songs about justice and the history of the labor movement. Seattle's Jim Page, Olympia's Citizens Band, and the Seattle group Patriot Act will also perform a few songs from the CD and their own works. The Backbone Campaign will give a short presentation on its projects and ways to get involved in the resurrection of democracy.
The Backbone Campaign (www.backbonecampaign.org) is a national nonprofit based on Vashon Island. Organized by artists in 2004, the organization provides creative tools that promote democracy, social and economic justice, peace, sustainability, and community investment for true security. These cornerstones comprise a grassroots-led progressive movement working for change. The Backbone Campaign's newest project is the Procession for the Future, a touring parade of festival art including giant puppets, banners, masks and music showing a progressive vision for the country .All money raised through ticket sales will benefit the Backbone Campaign's Procession for the Future 2009 Campus Tour.
Trinity United Methodist Church
6512 23rd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
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