Ronnie Gilbert Public Sing
Melanie DeMore, Holly Near, Tammy Hall, Sólás Burke-Lalgee, Francisco Herrera
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 8:30 PM)
This event is all ages
Ronnie Gilbert Public Sing
“We are at our best when we stand together and sing.” So said Ronnie Gilbert (1926-2015), one of the original members of the Weavers, and a beloved folk singer, songwriter, actor, and political activist. Ronnie passionately believed that people singing together not only builds community, but strengthens heart and and courage to stay the course for political change.
Come sing out in Ronnie’s name with activist singer-songwriter Holly Near & pianist and vocalist Tammy Hall.
Melanie DeMore : Vocal Activist - is one of the most outstanding vocal artists of today helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She was the subject of a documentary called 'Stick and Pound which showcases this tradition.She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in NewFoundland, Canada and Chorus America.
She is sought after as a song/ prayer facilitator, creating spontaneous choirs for The Trinity Institute, The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Powell Foundation as well as many varied spiritual and faith based organizations.She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Master teaching artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change and the Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz.
She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such varied artists as Odetta, Richey Havens, Pete Seeger, the Trinity Choir, MUSE Cincinatti Women's Chorus and many others.
Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer ,conductor and vocal activist, who believes in the power of voices raised together.
'A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you".
Holly Near brings to the stage a unique combination of highly trained vocal power, delightful humor and poetic reflection. For over 40 years, Holly has fused cabaret, folk and spoken word in to a sound track for progressive thinking. Her powerful voice has creatively articulated the complexities of social change activism since the early seventies. With critical thinking as a major element in her songwriting, she has been a unifying force connecting the issues that so challenge the lives of activists, educators and community. Holly says, “Now that Pete Seeger, Odetta, Mary Travers, Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee and so many other elders have left us, artists of my generation are no longer elders in training. We are the elders.”
Tammy Hall has performed extensively in Japan, Europe, and Mexico, including a 30-city tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Other venues and festivals of note include The Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Monterey Jazz, San Jose Jazz, SF Jazz Center, and many others.
Solas B. Lalgee is an Bay Area born singer/songwriter and music educator. A graduate of the School of the Arts San Francisco and Berklee College of Music in Boston, he is now a proud vocal music teacher at the Oakland School of the Arts. In a addition to his solo career, he's a member of both local bands "Elephantine" and "Valerie Troutt's MoonCandy Live House Music Ensemble". His release "Holding Space" with Producer DJ Cecil received international acclaim with some of the house music genre's top tastemakers and is currently working on a new solo album slated for release in 2018 entitled, "Love In The Time of Gentrification".
Francisco Herrera is a cultural worker (singer/songwriter,
community organizer, theologian) who has devoted put
music at the service of community. Following in the tradition
of Jon Fromer, Kate Wolf, Pete Seeger, Victor Jara, his music is
a form of public art, sung in churches, plazas, schools, picket
lines, elementary schools and everywhere his songs will
provide inspiration and hope. His unique voice captures the
essence of "Chicanx Soul" that blends the soulful inspiration
of rhythm and blues with the earthy ranchero crooners of
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