Larry Long’s American Roots Revue has been awarded a 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant through Community Celebration of Place (501-C3). American Roots Revue will perform in five greater Minnesota communities for forgotten populations and audiences in partnership with homeless shelters, incarceration facilities, and community and veterans organizations.
In each community American Roots Revue will celebrate in story and song the many nations of people who now call this country home. The performance will draw upon the musical roots of the Anishinabe-Ojibwe Nation, Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday to the present day.
Featuring gospel powerhouse Tonia Hughes, gifted activist songwriter Larry Long, creative dynamo J.D. Steele, and keeper and singer of the song Waubanewquay – Dorene Day. With Marc Anderson (percussion), Cory Wong (guitar), Billy Peterson (Bass) and Brian Ziemniak (Keyboards).
One day prior to each American Root Revue celebration Larry Long will facilitate a collective songwriting session with those who are served by host community organizations. Their song will be performed by American Roots Revue on performance day.
Performance dates & locations
June 28, 2014: Duluth, Minnesota in partnership with Peace United Church of Christ and Churches United in Ministry (CHUM).
July 31, 2014: St. Cloud, Minnesota in partnership with Hands Across The World, which serves immigrants from East and West Africa, Central Africa, Ukraine, South America, Central America, Nepal, Vietnam, India, Middle East, Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico.
July 24, 2014: Cass Lake, Minnesota in partnership with Leech Lake Boys & Girls Club, Cass Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
August 15, 2014: Crookston, Minnesota in partnership with the Crookston Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, and Bring a Vet Home.
August 23, 2014 Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in partnership with The Refuge, who runs a regional homeless shelter for men serving Becker, Wadena, Hubbard, Mahnomen, and Otter Tail Counties, called the Compassion House.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.