DATE: Sunday, March 5, 2023
TIME: 4-7 pm PT / 5-7 pm MT / 6-9 pm CT / 7-10 pm ET
EMCEES: Liz Stookey Sunde & Ron Olesko
WATCH/ACCESS: Event will be LIVE streamed on Facebook, YouTube, the GVFF website and Folk Music Notebook. Help us spread the word by sharing this URL or inviting friends via Facebook!
Music to Life is delighted to be working with The Greenwich Village Folk Festival (GVFF) - a free monthly live stream concert series - to bring you the best of today's social change musicians, across geographies and generations, for an inspiring evening of music that moves our hearts and minds. Here's the full line up:
** Noel Paul Stookey: Singer/songwriter Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Noel, along with his daughter Liz Stookey Sunde, launched Music To Life in 2001. The nonprofit has introduced groundbreaking ways to bring music to life for social change through technology, entertainment, artist collaboration and education. Whether judged by the subject matter of his current concert and recorded repertoire or by virtue of his active involvement with the Music To Life initiative (www.musictolife.org) linking music fans to the expression of contemporary concerns via many different artists and musical genres, Stookey's current musical outlook continues to be fresh, optimistic and encouraging.
** Reggie Harris: an innovative guitarist, a fearlessly creative vocalist, and an engaging storyteller whose concert performances are infused with joy. It’s clear to all that he deeply loves singing and that it is more than his work. Uniquely committed to “music as a community building vehicle,” Reggie’s music shares insightful perspectives on issues of life, history, education and human rights.
** Emma's Revolution: Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow performed at protests for peace, women’s rights, labor rights, environmental protection, and other progressive causes. They have composed songs for: School of the Americas Watch; Code Pink, the Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Network; Black Lives Matter; and many more. Most recently, the duo created a parody “From a (Social) Distance” during COVID-19 and an accompanying video. At the end of the video, the duo calls attention to farmworker women and encourages donations to Alianza Nacional De Campesinas.
** SaulPaul: a GRAMMY Award-nominated artist has garnered an international reputation as a musician with a message. Part rapper/part singer-songwriter, SaulPaul is an entertaining and undeniably talented musician, using his personal journey from prison to purpose to provide a message of hope, inspiration and empowerment to transform lives. From performing at two TEDx Talks, five Super Bowls, America’s Got Talent, SXSW, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Austin City Limits, SaulPaul has performed nationally and internationally in theaters, concert venues and festivals across the country.
** Emma Jayne: an Emmy nominated composer, singer-songwriter, and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York. When they’re not making music, Emma is a teaching artist at The Future Perfect Project, creating media and programs to uplift the next generation of queer youth.
** Carla Gover: a Kentucky-born artist who performs original and traditional music. She offers renditions of ballads and banjo tunes from her native Appalachia as well as original tunes which touch upon themes of home, family, a sense of place, social justice, and spirituality. Carla currently makes her home in Lexington, KY, where she collaborates with a variety of artists and educators on projects to improve the quality of life in the state through music, dance, and fostering cultural understanding.
** Tanaya Winder: an author, singer / songwriter, poet, and motivational speaker who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen. She received a BA in English from Stanford University and a MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Winder’s poetry collections include Words Like Love and Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless.
** Thea Hopkins: a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard MA, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music – Red Roots Americana. The Washington Post has described her as "a standout writer." In March 2021, it was announced Thea was the Grand Prize Winner of the 22nd Great American Song Contest for her song, "The Ghost Of Emmett Till". The song was selected from over 1900 entries from 42 countries.
** Charlie Mosbrook: suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury in 2010, Charlie now spends much of his time using a wheelchair and cane for mobility. A two-time Ironman triathlete and 12-time marathon finisher, he drew on his experience and persistence in endurance sports to continue moving forward as a performer, touring annually and independently by train, bus, or air. Charlie serves the City Council of Cleveland Heights on the Transportation and Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Folk Alliance International Cultural Equity Council advocating for people with disabilities.
** Joselyn & Don: Joselyn Wilkinson & Don Barrozo's live arrangements feature finger-picked guitar, tenor ukulele, and percussion, allowing Wilkinson's voice to shine through with strength and vulnerability, sometimes joined by Barrozo’s powerful harmonies. They connect with audiences with their warm and engaging show and have shared billing with notable Americana artists including Willie Watson, Chris Pierce, Chris Stills with Lukas Nelson, and Lauren Monroe with Rick Allen. The duo sees their music as a powerful way to share truth, build community and support social and environmental efforts close to their hearts.