Fall is here! Happened for me the other day, just like turning a switch: big maple leaf drop, new smells in the air. A fresh page turn to a new chapter. Lots going on:
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED is the title of Dick Weissman's new memoir of his life in music. Student, session player, label deal folk group member (the Journeymen with Scott McKenzie & John Phillips), composer of songs, film scores and everything else, educator, author of twenty books and MUSICIAN, with a new album called "Night Skies," Dick Weissman will be in town this week. It'll be part book talk, part storytelling, part music and it's all happening this Friday, Sept. 9th at 7 PM at the Foundry, Sam Bond's Brewing Company, 540 E 8th Ave in Eugene (97401). This is a one-of -a-kind evening. Admission by donation. And great beer & food available.
Thursday, Sept 22nd at 7 PM, I'll be at TERRITORIAL VINEYARDS, (3rd & Adams in Eugene). Solo, but well armed, singing and playing whatever comes into my head: folk songs old and new, instrumental music, my own songs, material from the American Roots concerts past. Multiple guitars, banjo and surprises.
Saturday, Sept, 24th at 6:30 PM: The FIRST annual LABOR MUSIC FESTIVAL at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street, Eugene. It's called Music for a Better World: a Labor Music Showcase and it celebrates the Solidarity that music has been and the inspiration that it can be. George Mann, Mark Ross, Chico Schwall, the ValE 4, Monday Morning Denial AND…the Raging Grannies! All ages, sliding scale. Inspiration guaranteed.
Friday, Oct 7th at 7 PM: Chico Schwall and Friends (aka Kells Bells) play Irish music at the Foundry. Can't wait.
Saturday, Oct 8th in solidarity with musicians on two continents rejoin with others for the second WE SHALL OVERCOME weekend at the Tamarac Center in south Eugene. Originating in the UK, the idea that social change musicians should do simultaneous shows as though we were all singing together. Details at www.weshallovercomeweekend.com and on Facebook. A RAISED FIST AND A HELPING HAND.
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Hope to see you soon. Meanwhile, take care.