We’ve been busily collecting commitments from artists, and we’re ready to tell you all about the great performers you will see at the September 5th Joe Hill Centennial Celebration.
Mark Ross, a traveling musician carrying nearly 500 songs along with him on the road. Mark performed at the 75th anniversary concert in 1990.
Anne Feeney, travels most of the year singing defiant songs of social justice and organizing. She is the granddaughter of a mineworkers’ organizer, carrying on the tradition. In 2005, Anne received the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
David Rovics, started as a busker in Boston, and now he’s traveling the world, singing for the revolution. On April 19, 2015, he performed with Kristian Svensson at the Joe Hill Museum, Gävle, Sweden.
Joe Jencks, a fine vocalist and vocal harmony arranger who will give you chills. Joe won songwriting awards at Tumbleweed, Walnut Valley, Plowshares, and South Florida.
Guy Davis, a bluesman who will tell you a story and get you moving. Guy is the son of actors and civil rights activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. He will be performing with the Guy Davis Trio, Nerak Roth Patterson on electric guitar and Chris James on Mandolin.
Mischief Brew, they think they “might be the only punk rock band to feature a vibraharp.” Maybe they’ll use it to play “The Preacher and the Slave,” when they relearn it—all three chords of it. Hey, all it takes is a red guitar, three chords, and the truth.
Rio Bravo Conjunto – Los Castillos, established as a band by Anastacio and Elisa Castillo and now performing with three generations of the family—with the addition of daughters Chrystal and Sonya and grandson Vinnie. They play music from Texas, Mexico and Latin America.
Lovisa Samuelsson has been active in the Scandinavian music scene for the past decade. She has toured Europe and Central and South America from her home in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lovisa’s great-grandfather was the younger brother of Joel Hägglund. Lovisa will headline the after-party on Sunday evening.
Headlining the Joe Hill Centennial Celebration
Judy Collins, who released her debut album, A Main of Constant Sorrow, in 1961, barely out of her teens. In the five decades since, she has continued to sing songs of social activism, had several top-ten hits, released 50+ albums, and has grown her body of work to include filmmaking, writing, and speaking. We look forward to her “music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.”
Our main stage will have 8 acts over 10 hours, with a few more additions possible. Regional musicians and spoken work artists will perform on the side stage.
UPDATED 7/17/2015 with the addition of Guy Davis.
UPDATED 8/5/2015 with the additions of Rio Bravo Conjunto – Los Castillos and Lovisa Samuelsson.