Join Larry Long and an all-star cast at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua near Bayfield, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm, as they honor one of the world’s most influential folksingers, Pete Seeger, celebrating the many phases of his life in song, spoken word, and multi-media. Featuring Prudence Johnson, Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard, Larry Long and the Blue Canvas Orchestra.
Saturday, May 21 is going to be epic! Free books. Live storytelling, poetry and music. A 100-Library build. Free haircuts for kids. Larry Long will be present with his friends and guests to absorb the spirit of the Little Free Library Festival that they will transform into a “Lyrical Mural” to be performed at the close of the day.
Larry Long will be performing his song, Blest DeGalynn, in honor of DeGalynn Wade Sanders at her memorial on Friday, May 20th. DeGalynn passed away May, 14th, at age 43. She had a vibrant and caring spirit. She was an attorney, mentor and volunteer. DeGalynn was an honor student, and one of the initial Page Scholars.
The World Premier of Living In A Rich Man’s World Music Video will be Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7 PM, at Selvamar Studios in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Film Directed by Bob Trench. Music and Lyrics by Larry Long. Sound Recording Produced by Melvin James. Living In A Rich Man’s World is one of eleven original songs featured on a soon to be released sound recording by Larry Long. Premier of Living In A Rich Man’s World music video in the U.S.A. to be announced.
Join Larry Long and Joe Savage for an evening of stories and songs benefiting the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), started by Woody Guthrie’s wife Marjorie in 1967. May 14, 2016 • 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:15 Celtic Junction | 836 Prior Ave. N. | St. Paul, MN
Join Kent Nerburn and Larry Long on Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 PM for an evening of songs, stories and music that expresses how their time with First Nations peoples has changed their hearts and transformed their lives.
DeGalynn Wade Sanders continues to battle cancer. So her friends, family and well known Minnesota musicians are stepping up to help lift her spirits and defray mounting medical and related expenses. Join us at Pepito’s Cantina on January 20, 2016 from 5:30 to 10:00 pm for a night of great music, food and laughter. Music will be from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and will include soul and gospel singer Tonia Hughes, jazz chanteuse Debbie Duncan, singer-songwriter and American Roots Revue producer Larry Long, legendary gospel powerhouse Robert Robinson and keyboard player Martial Besombes.
Larry Long and Waubanewquay, Lead Woman singer for Center Fire in the Three Fires Midewiwin (Heartway) will be ushering in 2016 in ceremony, story and song on December 31st at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Address: 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 729-5222
On Friday, November 20th Larry Long’s American Roots Revue will feature a line up that includes Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue, well known for his almost 20 years as the guitarist and songwriter on “A Prairie Home Companion.” Donohue joins award-winning singer-songwriter and community builder Larry Long, gospel and soul singer Tonia Hughes, and American Roots anchor artist Robert Robinson.
Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist, activist, community-builder and troubadour, Larry Long, brings his popular American Roots Revue series to the Big Top in a multi-cultural celebration of the music of this country. Joining Larry on Thursday, September 10th, are Anishinabe and Oneida Hip-Hop Artist, Tall Paul; the ‘Pavarotti’ of Gospel, Robert Robinson; and Midewiwin Native Life Ways Singer & Keeper of the Song, Waubanewquay Day. American Roots Revue works from the core of America’s richest musical traditions of First Nation, gospel, blues, folk, rock, R&B, spoken word & Hip-Hop, presenting “Songs of Water and of the Land, Songs of Freedom, Struggle, and Sovereignty.”
The East Side Freedom Library will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a “celebration of the arts in labor” Saturday, Sept. 5th. Highlights of the program include live music by Larry Long & Tou Saiko Lee; a puppet show by Maria Asp of the Children’s Theater Company’s Bridges program: storytelling an artist-guided tour of the St. Paul Labor History Mural by Javier Morillo; and a reading from “Underground,” the novel serialized in the Star Tribune, by author Megan Marsnik. The program will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the ESFL, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. The event is free and open to all.
Larry Long will be performing with Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, and Jearlyn Steele for an evening of community, inspiration, and music to support the work of two vital organizations working for environmental justice and sustainability: Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and MN350.
This Moment: The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement has opened the opportunity to talk about race and address inequity in new ways for Minnesota. Meanwhile, action on climate is a necessity. Author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben has called Minnesota “ground zero” in the fight to save the climate, due to proposed expansion of pipelines to transport toxic oil from the alberta Tar Sands and other oil bound for export through Minnesota’s pristine North Country. The recent devastation of the terrorist attack on an AME Church in Charleston and the breakthrough of the Pope’s encyclical add urgency and momentum to our movement.
MN350 and NOC are poised to organize–working through their own bases and together–to build the movement for climate and racial justice we need to address these related issues.
Let’s build an inclusive environmental movement and share a sweet musical summer evening with friends.
If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please click HERE.
July 15, 2015 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Home of Marian Moore
2427 W 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55405
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Larry Long will be bringing Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song process to the Racial Equity Leadership Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota this summer from June 13 – 24. High School students will gain training and service hours that will help them develop skills to further their college and career readiness. Middle School participants will develop their will, skill, knowledge, and capacity to be systemic student leaders for racial equity. All student participants will spend at least 50% of their time engaged in the process of illustrating and writing books, as well as writing and recording songs that will honor diverse elders from the community. This process will help honor our racial, cultural, and intergenerational diversity while helping us fulfill our mission to develop strong schools and strong communities.
Celebrating the publishing of over ten Community Celebration of Place student-illustrated books through Young Publishers this school year, along with the CD release of Honoring Men of Color by Young Men of Color from Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis, and the viewing of a short film by Adam Davis-McGee, which shines a light on this pioneering work with spoken word artists. There will also be round table discussions led by Dare 2 Be Real student leaders, live music, and a full-course meal with vegetarian option!
Where: Heritage Park Health & Wellness Center, The Great Room, 1015 4th Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
When: Thursday, June 11, 2015, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
To RSVP, contact Larry Long at 612-722-9775 or email@example.com.
Lucy Craft Laney Community School will host an Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration with Larry Long honoring three community elders on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Address: 3333 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55412. This year’s theme is ‘Honoring Men of Color’ and we are happy to shine a light on their life achievements.
Elder Wisdom, Children’s Song™ is brought to you by Community Celebration of Place (501-C-3) in partnership the West Metro Education Program (WMEP). Toki Wright, Julia Sewell, Jeremiah Bey and Larry Long have been working with young men from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to collectively write songs that honor the life stories of the following community elders:
• Edgar Young, Jr.: Edgar Young, Jr. was born January 9, 1956 in Mississippi. In 1970 his family moved to Minnesota to live with family. After completing high school and joining the work force, Mr. Young earned a business degree and Master of Social Work. Mr. Young has worked as a child protection counselor and social worker for 8 years with the Minneapolis public schools. Mr. Young is also a master martial artist and founder/owner of Young’s Taekwondo School. He is dedicated to his family and school community, and brings a level of energy, excitement and enthusiasm to everything that he does.
• David Branch: Mr. David Branch was born February 6th, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest child of a prominent Minneapolis couple, Reverend and Mrs. Branch, husband to Rebecca and father of four took over the leadership of Lucy Laney School during its fresh start eight years ago. Mr. Branch is a former Social Worker, Principal and lifelong North Minneapolis resident. Mr. Branch has left a legacy of commitment to the Laney community that we are forever grateful for.
• Reverend Richard Coleman: Reverend Coleman was born in Mississippi on January 5th, 1953. At a young age Richard’s family moved to Chicago. Reverend Coleman enrolled in college, met his wife and has been married 43 years. The couple has three daughters and ten grandkids. In 1989, the family was transferred to the Twin Cities to pastor. Reverend Coleman is a pillar in the community. He is an example of faithfulness and following the call of God on his life. He gave up the riches and fame of professional baseball to serve the community.
Lucy Craft Laney’s Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration on May 27th, 2015 will feature the release of the student illustrated HONORING MEN OF COLOR by YOUNG MEN OF COLOR, along with the companion CD and documentary DVD by ADDAM, produced through Young Publishers program of Community Celebration of Place.
Larry Long will be joining Anne Feeney, Bucky Halker, Lil’ Rev, JP Wright, Jan Hammarlund, Paul Metsa, Emmett Doyle, and the Twin Cities Labor Chrous to celebrate Joe Hill! WHERE: EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY, 1105 GREENBRIER STREET, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
The East Side Freedom Library is honored to be hosting the Saint Paul stop of the Joe Hill 100 Roadshow, a tour commemorating the memory of the Swedish immigrant IWW singer/organizer, executed in Utah 100 years ago. Organized by the musicians themselves, this tour is sweeping across the Midwest and beyond. Among the performers will be:
Anne Feeney, the Pittsburgh-based singer/activist, has been performing on stages and picket lines since 1991. At last count, Anne has performed in 41 states and more than a dozen counties and has recorded nine cd’s, including such favorites as “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” and “Dump the Bosses Off Your Back.” She has also organized a rape crisis center in Pittsburgh.
Bucky Halker earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in the early 1980s but does not refer to himself as “Dr.” Halker. Bucky is well-known for his electric and electrifying versions of labor favorites and for his work preserving historic folk and labor music. With the Illinois Humanities Council, he has produced a five volume cd series, “Folksongs of Illinois,” and he has recorded 13 cd’s of his own, including “Welcome to Labor Land” and “Don’t Want Your Millions.”
John Paul Wright hails from Lexington, Kentucky, where he has been a railroad engineer and union activist as well as a labor songster. JP has been a leading organizer of Railroad Workers United, an organization which continues Eugene V. Debs’ dream of one big railroad workers’ union and which has been a particularly strong voice for railroad workers’ concerns with public safety. JP’s cd’s include “Born Union” and “Music for Modern Railroaders.”
Lil’ Rev grew up in Milwaukee, where he has worked as a bus driver and a grade school teacher, as well as a labor troubadour. He has authored eight instructional books on ukele playing, and he has recorded 15 cd’s, including 2 volumes of “Fountain of Uke.”
Jan Hammarlund has come all the way from Sweden to join the tour. He recorded his first album in 1972, a collection of protest songs against the Vietnam War. Since then, he has recorded ten cd’s, ranging from interpretations of Italian and Chilean music for Swedish audiences to musical commentaries on the work of Bertolt Brecht and Malvina Reynolds. Jan has also been a strong voice for GLBT rights in Sweden.
These touring musicians will be joined in Saint Paul by some local talent:
Paul Metsa hails from the Iron Range and has become well-known locally not only as live performer and recording artist (six cd’s), but also as an author and radio show host. In 2011 the University of Minnesota published his memoir, BLUE GUITAR HIGHWAY, and many of us enjoy his “Wall of Power” radio show on 950AM KTNF, broadcast live on Saturdays at 6PM and re-broadcast on Sundays at noon. Twin Cities labor activists have a special appreciation for his song, “Slow Justice,” which he first performed on the picket lines during the Hormel strike in Austin in 1986.
Emmett Doyle grew up in Collegeville and is now a popular presence in the Twin Cities folk and protest music scene. He is also appreciated for his use of the internet as a vehicle to encourage the non-commercial distribution of his passionate music.
The Twin Cities Labor Chorus will also join the celebration. They were organized in January 2009 and have since performed at labor gatherings, meetings, and protests across the state. They have 30 dedicated members who rehearse and perform under the direction of Josh Whitney Wise, who has also been a leader in the Twin Cities Fair Trade Coalition.
Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. Author, historian, actor, and broadcaster Studs Terkel called Larry “a true American Troubadour.” Larry has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. Larry produced “Live From Austin: Boycott Hormel”, which raised thousands of dollars to help P-9 displaced workers and their families. As an active member of Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians, Larry continues to perform and give support to organized labor whenever he is called.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THIS HISTORIC EVENT
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY, 1105 GREENBRIER STREET, SAINT PAUL
The East Side Freedom Library is a newly organized 501c3 nonprofit, located in the historic Carnegie Library building which served for 97 years as the Arlington Hills Public Library. The immediate neighborhood around the Library was long a center of Swedish immigrant life, and in recent years it has been made a home by Hmong, Mexican, Karen, Salvadoran, Somali, and African American newcomers. The ESFL is dedicated to providing resources and programs which will enable community residents to tell their own stories in multiple formats (books, poetry, theater, music, visual art, and more) and to learn from each other. For more information, please see http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org.