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Photos of David Rovics House Party

The David Rovics House Party I helped organize at Free Speech Zone was a huge success.  The room was packed, the food was great, and the concert was superb. Here are some photos:


David Rovics – photos from tonight’s concert

Tonight’s concert at the U went well. About 50 people attended. Between David‘s sets the Salt Lake City Slam Poets performed. Everyone was aweseome! Here are some photos:
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Michael Franti’s Concert

Yesterday was fabulous. I got to the Gallivan Center around 1:00pm with a handful of other folks and by 1:30 had staked out my spot for the first concert in the annual Twilight Concert Series of the season, featuring artist Michael Franti & Spearhead.

The highlight for me was meeting Michael.
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Twilight Concert Series – Michael Franti

Thursday evening I am going to attend the Twilight Concert Series opening concert, featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead:

Michael Franti & Spearheadcreate an ultra-infectious mix of classic soul, funk and hip-hop culminating in a unique and powerful blend. Frontman Michael Franti has been important in the world of music for years, fi rst emerging as a quick-tongued rapper fronting the groundbreaking hip-hop group the Beatnigs, followed by the highly critically acclaimed Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Fusing superb musicality with politically-charged lyrics, Michael Franti & Spearhead use their music as a vehicle for social conscience, maintaining a positive attitude while tackling some of today’s most complicated issues. Michael Franti has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Nirvana and U2.

Michael Franti walks the talk. I have admired him for quite awhile. I was priveleged to hear him perform in Park City a couple of years ago. Here is what is documented in Wikipedia:
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Tribute to Pete Seeger

Legendary Folk Musician and Storyteller Pete Seeger turns 87 today. Seeger has for decades entertained and educated audiencs of all ages with his messages of social justice.

Bruce Springsteen has assembled a group of 18 diverse musicians to record “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions”.

Links to information on Pete Seeger

  • Pete Seeger Appreciation Page – website with biography, discography, photo galleries and more
  • Brief Bio
  • PETE SEEGER: FOLK SINGER AND SONGWRITER” – Harvard Square Library article on notable Unitarians
  • Albums – page of links to Pete Seeger’s albums
  • Mudcat Bio
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Cybergrass article
  • Pete Seeger: A Teaspoon at a Time – Rutherford Institute commentary
  • When Will They Ever Learn? – An Interview with Pete Seeger
  • Springsteen Speaks: The Music of Pete Seeger – from NPR’s “All Things Considered”

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  • Songs of Protest

    Protest Songs are making a resurgence, according to The Nation

    Listen to Neil Young’s Living With War

    Neil Young’s Songs of Impeachment (alternet article)

    Listen to Tuberaider’s Pink “Dear Mr. President”


    Tomorrow, tomorrow,
    I’m wond’ring today
    Will they sing our songs tomorrow
    In this land, the U.S.A.
    Oh, I know they’ll sing them someday,
    Those who fight for liberty.
    Will our songs be sung tomorrow
    In this land that they call free?

    Now is the time
    Now is the day
    Now is the hour
    No more delay
    Let’s build a peaceful world
    And get it right away, not tomorrow,
    But today.
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    Poets and Cheerleaders Slam at Slamdance

    Last night’s Slamdance Film Festival‘s very first Poetry Slam was a huge success!

    It was held at Free Speech Zone in Sugarhouse.

    Poets from across the country participated. Salt Lake’s Radical Cheerleaders, Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs made an appearance!

    I have posted photos here of the event.

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    The Arts of Activism

    The Arts of Activism

    Arts Projects
    Make Some Noise
    Axis of Justice
    Power to the Peaceful
    Speak Out!
    Art For A Change


    Artwork by Mark Hurwitt


    Words and Music by Bob Dylan
    1963, 1968 Warner Bros. Inc
    Renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

    Come gather ’round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone.
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin’
    Then you better start swimmin’
    Or you’ll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin’.
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