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Special May Day Celebration of the SCW

Syracuse Cultural Workers (SCW) has a longstanding history of support for the labor movement and workers' rights. May 1st (May Day) is the original workers' holiday begun to commemorate the Chicago Haymarket fight for the 8-hour work day in 1886.

In honor of May Day, SCW will give all union members attending the concert a free copy of its Harry Bridges poster, printed by union labor of course. Bridges (1901-1990) was the revered founder of the International Longshoremen's and Warehouse workers' Union (ILWU) in 1932.

SCW is a North American publisher of progressive products. Founded in 1982, its mission is to further "a culture that honors diversity and celebrates community; that inspires and nurtures justice, equality and freedom; that respects our fragile Earth and all its beings; that encourages and supports all forms of creative expression.”


Emma's Revolution
Beautiful harmonies and engaging, intelligent lyrics. Music with the strength of its convictions.

Friday, May 1, 2015
8 p.m. / $18

Member price: $15 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

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"The epitome of great contemporary political music." - Sing Out

Smart, funny, informative - like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma's Revolution writes songs that become traditions. Their music is infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change. It is infectiously energizing, imbued with warmth, hope and humor and the power to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action.

Taking their name and inspiration from the boldness and fiery passion of Emma Goldman, they have staked their claim as inheritors of Goldman's personal and political legacy, captured in her famous attribution, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." But the Goldman reference is more than a catchy moniker. They write powerful, passionate songs about the lives of real people, focusing their political passions to testify for love, peace, equality, and justice.

"Fervent and heartfelt” - The New York Times

Emma's Revolution's songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. In addition to Pat's solo work, Emma’s Revolution has released three CDs and recorded two with Holly Near. The duo's awards include grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for the second year in a row, the Washington Area Music Association's Fan Favorite Award.

The duo tours 200 days a year and has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad. They performed by invitation at the First Inaugural Peace Ball, World Culture Open in Seoul Korea, the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics, School of America's Watch Annual Vigils, as well as conferences, festivals, coffeehouses, schools/universities, churches, benefits and rallies around the world. Emma’s Revolution has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn, Medea Benjamin, Amy Goodman, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen, Julia Butterfly Hill, Indigo Girls, Michael Franti and Michael Moore.

"The powers that be can control the media but it's hard to stop a good song...Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century." - Pete Seeger

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Beer Belly DeliThanks to the Beer Belly Deli

. . . for providing meals for our visiting performers. The Beer Belly is a fun little Brooklyn-style gastro-pub on Westcott Street (in the former Seven Rays location). They have great ambience, an eclectic menu, reasonable prices, and (last we heard) a Monday night old-time music jam. Please stop by, have some sweet-potato tots and eggplant "wings," and tell them you appreciate their helping Folkus. > website

Songwriter Woodshed
A meeting of and for local songwriters . . . more info / Facebook page / e-mail list. Next Meeting: May 6

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Later This Season

At the Westcott Center . . .

Colleen Kattau and Dos XX
Socially conscious modern folk with a Latin flair.

Saturday, May 9 • 8 p.m. • $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634

Westcott Community Center • 826 Euclid Avenue, corner of Westcott Street

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Kattau is a bi-lingual singer/songwriter whose music joins rhythms of Latin America with her own roots in rock and folky jazz-laced compositions. Her innovative poetic lyrics cover a wide and varied range from soulful sensual songs to rise-up-and-change-the-world anthems. Dos XX formed in 2012 with Kattau on vocals, rhythm guitar, & ukelele; Jane Zell on lead guitar and vocals; Connie Walters on percussion and vocals; and Mike Brandt on electric bass. They call themselves "a Latin-fem-folk fusion of bilingual originals and songs in Spanish, French and even a little Arabic." Dos XX blends Zell’s bluesy flair with Kattau’s and Walters’s passion for world music rhythms and vocal stylings to create music that leaps out of the ordinary and gets audiences moving.

Seth Glier
His show in February ’13 was among the more eye-opening of recent vintage. Glier returns (with accompanying sax and bass) to close our season.

Friday, May 15, 2015
8 p.m. / $15

Member price: $12 (see members link below)

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, N.Y.

Artists' website / YouTube clip

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Despite his relatively young age, Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with the likes of James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Ryan Adams, and Emmylou Harris, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar.

His music has caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike. Building on the acclaim of his Grammy nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies”.

Glier will be joined on stage by accomplished saxophonist Joe Nerney and Marc Seedorf on bass.

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The Venues
May Memorial UU Society
First and third Friday of the month
All shows at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30)
3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse / how to get there
(Please do NOT call May with questions; see above.)

Westcott Community Center
Second Saturday of the month
All shows at 8 pm
Corner of Euclid Ave. and Westcott St., a half-mile east of SU / website / how to get there

Ticket Policy
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Elsewhere in the Region

Carol Rothwell and friends • Kellish Farm • Sa 4/18 • website

Robby Hecht • Oswego Music Hall • Sa 4/25 • website

Friends of Folkus

Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble. Bill's bluegrass radio show (and associated events) date back almost as far as Bill Monroe himself! / website

CNY Bluegrass Association. Folk music's mountain-bred second cousin / website

"Common Threads." Folk music on the radio. / website

Guitar League. Talk and workshops about your ax. Meeting monthly / website

Irish Sessions. A great, ongoing jam of Celtic and old-timey types. Every Sunday / website

Kellish Farms. This Pompey Center farm has been converted into a music center, featuring concerts and jams of folk, bluegrass, and country types / website / Syracuse Post-Standard article

Oswego Music HallOswego Music Hall. One of upstate New York's most venerable music venues, in a beautiful location to boot! / website

Syracuse Community Choir. Songs of peace and social justice / website

Syracuse Country Dancers. Contra dances and the like / website

Join the CNY Friends of Folk listserv. For info: website

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