American Roots Revue: Larry Long, Robert Robinson, JD Steele, Tonia Hughes reunite at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Friday, November 18th for two shows.

American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, blues, folk, rock and R&B. This November the revue returns to its roots with its original line up that includes acclaimed gospel vocalist and community leader JD Steele! JD joins musicians that will also include the show’s producer and community builder Larry Long, with powerhouse gospel and soul singer Tonia Hughes, and the American Roots anchor artist — the “Pavarotti of Gospel” — Robert Robinson.

Larry Long’s American Roots Revue boasts the artistic range to salute iconic America music heroes like Pete Seeger on what would have been his 95th birthday with a cavalcade of talent. And the poetic license to present artists in unique combinations with each other, like this must-see bill! It’s not unusual to see internationally known blues singer and writer Guy Davis with best-selling rockers like Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum, and rising pop star Chastity Brown with Minnesota’s favorite chanteuse, Prudence Johnson, all backed by a superlative band and vocalists who will make you feel like you’re going to a revival inside the intimate nightclub that is the Dakota.

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant • 1010 Nicollet Avenue • Minneapolis, MN 55403 • 612-332-1010

 

 

 

Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Pre-Summit Fundraiser

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017,

Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: First Universalist Church 3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Hau Mitakuyapi, dear friends, relatives, and allies, you are cordially invited to the Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Pre-Summit Fundraiser. It will feature indigenous rights defenders, artists, traditional foods by an indigenous chef, presentations, and a short documentary related to the upcoming Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit.

Contributions and donations will support the first annual Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit that will convene diverse indigenous peoples and youth from the world community in the spirit of Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred on August 1st and 2nd, 2017. Your presence will help support the historical inauguration of the Mni Ki Wakan: Indigenous Peoples’ Decade of Water Summit.

To Donate online, contact: mnikiwakan@gmail.com

POETS AND WRITERS AND MUSICIANS AGAINST THE WAR ON THE EARTH

Join us to honor all of creation in spoken word and song
Summer Solstice, June 21st, 7 PM, FREE!

Saint Joan Of Arc Church
4537 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

To embrace the world with open arms of curiosity. To listen without judgment to the subtle magical rhythms and musicality of an ancient language spoken, as it rolls off the tongue of hard working people. To embrace each breathe, each step, and each new day with joy and laughter. To see one’s own reflection within the sparkle of the eyes of another. To fall in love with the wonderment of it all. To be alive.

-Larry Long

“To honor the life of another is to honor oneself…The word “honor” simply means to listen.” Songwriter Larry Long, this season’s final TED Talk-PV-Style presenter, on Tuesday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Boutique Theater, will share inspirational examples of how he has embraced that philosophy in his work as a modern-day troubadour, committed to celebrating the lives and struggles of ordinary people in narrative and song. His message, in short, is to be kind to all.

A social advocate, Larry has had the unique experience of living inside the lives of communities at important moments in history and utilizing these experiences as the focal point of his music. As a Midwestern young man he rode with farmers on their tractorcade to Washington DC. On the East Coast he came to know Pete Seeger, who shared his efforts to clean up the Hudson River. This led Larry to go back home to Minnesota and create the Mississippi River Revival to celebrate and help restore that great river. Along the way, he was adopted by the American Indian Movement and traveled with their caravans to affirm their sovereign rights. His great respect for Woody Guthrie led him to Woody’s hometown of Okemah, where after many years of silence, Larry was able to help create their first tribute for Woody.

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“Larry Long on Social Issues” will be broadcast tonight, Monday, March 20, at 9 PM on Channel 6, the Metro Cable Network. Channel 6 interconnects the 14 cable systems in the seven county metro area, reaching approximately 1.86 million.  

The interview tonight is a biographical interview and I’m very proud of this piece because I feel it captures who I am. I hope you’ll tune in.

Helen Tsuchiya passed away at the age of 92 on February 4, 2017. As she shared with young people through Larry’s  ‘Elders’ Wisdom, Children Song’ program about her Japanese-American Internment experience in World War II, “When you think about it, it’s my parents who really suffered. Now I want to share my story with the children so it will never happen again.”  In return the children and Larry honored her in song. As the closing verse to Be Kind To All That Live reads:

If I were to change tomorrow
I would start here right now
To help put an end to sorrow
I know we each know how

Be kind to all that live

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Larry’s electrifying new release is now available is now available through our online store as well as at Amazon and iTunes. A perfect gift for the holiday season along with his previous releases on Cereus Records, Smithsonian Folkways and Rounder/Flying Fish Records.

“The late Johnny Cash coined the phrase “a dove with claws” to describe the fierce pacifism that grew from his first-hand look at America’s endless wars while entertaining soldiers in Vietnam. Cash’s words are a perfect description of the life and work of Larry Long.

“Long’s music had an indelible influence on a young cousin from Iowa who became the charting rock artist, Melvin James. Now Larry and Melvin have joined forces. The claws of Melvin’s guitar sharpen the urgency of Long’s message in a way that will surprise and delight you.”

—EDDIE ALLEN, WRITER & RECORDING ARTIST

Martin Luther King Weekend, Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Dakota Jazz Club American Roots Revue will celebrate America’s richest musical traditions of gospel, blues, folk, rock and R&B.

This January, the revue returns to its roots with its original line up that includes acclaimed gospel vocalist and community leader JD Steele! JD joins musicians that will also include the show’s producer, award-winning singer-songwriter, Smithsonian Records recording artist and community builder Larry Long, with powerhouse gospel and soul singer Tonia Hughes, and the American Roots anchor artist — the “Pavarotti of Gospel” — Robert Robinson.

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Dear Friends,

Leonard Peltier has languished in prison for forty years for a crime that the evidence shows he could not have committed. It is time for healing between the federal government and Native American peoples from centuries of tension and abuse. It is time for Leonard Peltier to come home.

The President has the constitutional power of clemency. As President Obama approaches the conclusion of his service, it is time for you to join the call for Clemency for Leonard Peltier and request the President act now. Now is the time to be heard.

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Join Larry Long, Raldo Schneider, Clay Riness & Eddie Allen at Leo and Leona’s, December 2, 2016

These four amazing songwriters have not graced the same stage since the final episode of M*A*S*H* was aired on broadcast television and compact discs were about to replace the vinyl record. In that brief season they combined forces to regale audiences along the Mississippi River with their clarion call for celebration. No one who was there has forgotten those performances.

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On Friday, November 11, at the Cedar Cultural Center, Larry Long will explore the American landscape that he has celebrated throughout his dynamic career with a birthday celebration and CD release concert.

Old favorites will be performed alongside new releases with a world-class band, which includes: Melvin James (Electric Guitar & Vocals),Tonia Hughes (Vocals), Joe Savage (Pedal Steel), Cory Wong (Guitar), Daryl Boudreaux (Percussion), Sid Gasner (Bass) and Melvin Veach III (Drums & Vocals).

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“The late Johnny Cash coined the phrase “a dove with claws” to describe the fierce pacifism that grew from his first-hand look at America’s endless wars while entertaining soldiers in Vietnam. Cash’s words are a perfect description of the life and work of Larry Long.

“Long’s music had an indelible influence on a young cousin from Iowa who became the charting rock artist, Melvin James. Now Larry and Melvin have joined forces. The claws of Melvin’s guitar sharpen the urgency of Long’s message in a way that will surprise you. And delight you. And take your breath away.

“Larry Long started making great records a long time ago. Dove With Claws is the latest in a long string of victories.”

—EDDIE ALLEN, WRITER & RECORDING ARTIST

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Join highly acclaimed author Kent Nerburn and Larry Long for an afternoon of songs, stories, and music that expresses how their time with First Nations peoples has changed their hearts and transformed their lives.

The experiences of the two men weave together to create an unexpected synergy and chemistry—while shining a light on the humanity behind our cultural differences. The afternoon promises to be an event to remember. Cosponsored with RCTC Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) Program. 

Saturday, October 1, 2-3:30 PM, Kellogg Middle School Auditorium, 503 17th St NE, Rochester, MN 55906,  507.328.4000

 

“The late Johnny Cash coined the phrase “a dove with claws” to describe the fierce pacifism that grew from his first-hand look at America’s endless wars while entertaining soldiers in Vietnam. Cash’s words are a perfect description of the life and work of Larry Long.

“Larry has joined forces with his cousin, the legendary Melvin James, in his continuing musical battle for peace, justice, and dignity for all people. The claws of Melvin’s guitar sharpen the urgency of Larry’s message in a way that will surprise you. And delight you. And take your breath away.”

—Eddie Allen, Writer & Recording Artist

Join Larry Long in celebration of his 65th orbit around the sun and the release of his new album, Dove with Claws, as he returns to his musical roots at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Armistice-Veterans Day.  Opening: Annie Humphrey

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