July 7 (Saturday) 8:00 PM (Free) -885 Clayton St., at Carl St., SF
Song and Poetry Swap
For over 20 years, the Freedom Song Network has been helping keep alive the spirit of labor and political song in the Bay Are, on picket lines, at rallies, on concert stages and at songswaps. Bring songs or poems to share. Every one is welcome, regardless of musical ability or training.For more info: (415) 648-3457
July 9 (Monday) 7:00 PM (Free) -City College of San Francisco-Main Campus-Rm 133 in Creative Arts Building
Musical and Live Theater
Featuring the SF City College Labor Drama Class and the Labor Heriatige Rocking Solidarity Chorus
(Refreshments will be provided)
July 12 (Thursday) 7:30 PM (Donation) Poet & Patriot Bar -320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz
Danish Musicians from Denmark perform
For information: (408) 674-5020, email@example.com
More Danish musicians performance on July 14 & 15.
July 14 (Saturday) 11:00 - 4:00 PM Hyde Street Pier Hyde & Jefferson St., SF (You need to pay the gate fee at the pier)
Living History: SF Waterfront Strike 1901
(Theatrical Performance of 1901 City Waterfront Federation Strike)
With the Hyde Street Pier Living History Players
Witness a recreation of the strike that shut down the San Francisco waterfront from July 13 to October 2 1901, and resulted after its conclusion in the general acceptance and growth of labor unions throughout the city.
Living History Players take roles as striking seamen and teamsters demonstrating on the pier, carrying picket signs and distributing leaflets, with impassioned speeches calling for unity and brotherhood, and theatrical confrontations with employers and shipowners.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Hyde Street Pier at the foot of Hyde Street For More Information Call: (415) 447-5000
July 14 (Saturday) 6:30 PM ($8.00) SF Community Music Center 544 Capp St., SF
Danish Labor Musicians - Reception & Concert
(6:30 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Concert)
This year the Labor Festival will be having Danish singers and musicians performing Danish working class songs. These members of Danish Musicians Union are Hanne Skaalum, folk singer, Victoria Thygesen, folk singer and singer-songwriter, Irina Strange, international jazz singer and pianist, Micael Castor, singer and songwriter, Jørn Nielsen, contrabass player, Bendix Nielsen, drummer, Claus Bastrup, accordion player.
Denmark has had a great tradition of working class songs and music. In October 2006, the album "Arbejderliv" was released brought together by Micael Castor. Many of these singers and musicians will perform at the festival.
July 15 (Sunday) 1:00 - 4:00 PM (Free) Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park (On JFK Rd. near the Beach Chalet & the ocean)
Singing of Danish Jazz singer Irina Strange and musician Donald Pender perform at the Old Dutch Windmill.
July 15 (Sunday) 5:30 PM (Free) -Terminal E South side of the ferry building, SF
A performance before the boat ride with Richard Adrianowitz and Peter Kasin doing sea songs of 19th century African American and Caribbean sailors and dock workers, and with AFM Local 6 member Jack Chernos doing Burt Williams' and his own labor songs.
July 19 (Thursday) 8:00 PM ($10 - No one turned away)
a.Muse Gallery 614 Alabana St., SF
Songs of Bertolt Brecht with music by Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, and Paul Dessau. Readings of poetry and other texts by Brecht.
Joyce Todd McBride, voice, with Miles Graber, piano, plus special guests, present an evening of songs and poems by Bertolt Brecht as part of LaborFest 2007. For information: (510)548-3111 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27 (Friday) 7:00 PM ($5.00 donation) SEIU Local 87 Hall 240 Golden Gate Ave., SF
Concert of The Choruses
Join in supporting the struggle for human rights by the San Francisco Day Laborers’ program. Immigrant workers are under attack. This benefit with songs performed by Coro Obrero with Francisco Herrera will help their cause. The concert includes the Labor Heritage Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus performing songs and narrative from their new performance piece We Are All Immigrants. Also performing will be the San Francisco Day Laborer’s Chorus.
July 29 (Sunday) 7:00 PM ($10.00) La Pena Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Wasn’t That a Time - A ‘People’s Songbook’
Folk This! and Friends - An Evening of Radical Protest Music and Theatre
Now in its eighth year, Folk This! has been presenting Bay Area audiences with an eclectic mix of protest songs from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Joining us at our annual event at La Pena will be singer/songwriter Carol Denney and Robert Temple, theatre artist Steven Low, who will be presenting excerpts from the “Yellow Fever Express”, and special guests.
Produced by FolkThis! and LaborFest.
For more information call (415) 431-8485
July 31 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM ($5.00 Donation) El Rio 3158 Mission St. at Precita, SF
LaborFest’s closing event will be a special CD release party for the Angry Tired Teachers Band’s new album. This band which is based in Hayward has written about the travails of teachers at working class districts in the Bay Area, and was also featured in a daily video strike bulletin show called “The Truth” which can be seen by going to www.youtube.com and typing in “HUSD strike”. Also performing will be Keith Gow, Norma Disher, Jock Levy and Musica Humana Blues with Arnoldo Garcia- Vocals and guitar, Andrew Kong Knight - violin and vocals, Jose Parafox- percussion. Join us in supporting this working class band from Hayward.
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