BERKELEY PROTEST FEST SATURDAY AUGUST 15 2015 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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BERKELEY PROTEST FEST Program Schedule – All Fifty Performers & MC’s Listed!

Welcome to the Berkeley Protest Festival Aug 15 2015
A Benefit for the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

The event will be Live-Streamed from this link at CONCERT WINDOW!

See the Previous Berkeley Calling Blog for further information on this event!

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL will present over 50 Performers from 10 am to 10 pm! The “BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL” is a Festival to Celebrate Protest in Song, Poetry, and Comedy on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm in Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709.

10:00 MC #1: Nanci Armstrong – Welcoming statement on behalf of Berkeley Fellowship of UU’s

#1 10:10 – 10:20 am Leslie Hassberg has been involved in the Bay Area queer and progressive political music scene for many years, as a member and/or director of Carry It On, The Choral Majority, the SF Lesbian Chorus, Sistah Boom, the Graceland Girls, and most recently Occupella. Over the years she’s produced many events showcasing her broad range: “A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley” (cabaret), “Women Singer-Songwriters of the 60s and 70s”(folk & folk-rock), a classical song recital, “Voices Three” (cabaret), “Sonic Smorgasbord” (a little of everything), and “A Queer Night at the Opera.”

#2 10:21 – 10:31 am Marcie Boyd is a graduate of Berkeley High School, who has lent her voice to countless social movements over nearly five decades. She recently returned from the Dominican Republic where she wrote and produced a soap opera about pregnant and parenting teens. She sings with Occupella & LaPeña Chorus.

#3 10:32 – 10:42 am Ron San Miguel is a Song Catcher. He is an Oakland-based Singer/Songwriter, whose music speaks to your Heart and Mind and touches your Soul. Take him home with you — his latest album, “Paint Me A Rainbow” is available now. Buy at CD today, or order it at http://www.cdbaby.com It is also available on iTunes and Amazon. Facebook: Ron San Miguel/Music

#4 10:43 – 10:53 am Nancy Schimmel from Berkeley, songwriter, storyteller and member of Occupella, Freedom Song Network, Children’s Music Network and the Organic Women’s Chorus. Website: http://www.sisterschoice.com Email: nancy@sisterschoice.com

#5 10:54 – 11:04 am Rudy Hubbard: I’ve been to the Elsonore Castle. I play the banjo. The song I have for you is called “The Play”. 925-639-5430

#6 11:05 – 11:15 am Dennis Fritzinger – Earth First! Poet Laureate for the Environment

#7 11:16 – 11:26 am Larry Montgomery: “I’m a total amateur, just singing in song circles in Davis and Auburn. The closest thing to a public performance was a Nose Flute solo in a benefit concert for the Palms Playhouse in Davis.”
Contact info: 916-332-0454 or montgomerylarry@netscape.net

#8 11:27 – 11:37 am David “Redd” Welsh – singer, keyboard player, composer. Two CDs available: Class War & Stand with the People. CDs $10 at gigs. To order by mail, send $15 for each CD (including postage) to: Redd Welsh, PO Box 1102, Berkeley CA 94701. website: http://www.reddwelsh.com email: ReddWelsh@sonic.net

#9 11:38 – 11:48 am Mike Margulis, Arthur Holden, & Bonnie Lockhart play arrangements of well-known protest songs. We are two trumpet players and guitar player who sing and play historical songs. Contact: 510-649-0234.

#10 11:49 – 11:59 am Robert Katz lives in Oakland. In addition to doing the singer/songwriter thing, Rob Katz writes musicals. katz_r@sbcglobal.net

#11 12:00– 12:10 pm June Barter-Stash (aka Ellen) is an activist for the legalization of hemp and marijuana. She first became active in the peace movement during the Vietnam War. She sings for greater social change fueled by the freedom to expand one’s consciousness. Her book, “Tokin Women: The First 4000 Years” will be published in September. http://www.TokinWoman.blogspot.com

#12 12:11 – 12:21 pm Bonnie Lockhart brings a love of diverse folk traditions to her forty-year practice of participatory, community-building music. She is a performer, composer, educator, recording artist, and activist who believes in the transformative power of music. Learn more at http://www.bonnielockhart.com or contact her: bonnie@bonnielockhart.com

#13 12:22 – 12:32 pm Tommi Avicolli Mecca has been singing since he picked up his first guitar as a teenager in 1969. Since learning chords from friends, he has sung in several duos and written music for stage shows. He now sings at demonstrations in SF and recently debuted a musical, “this boy is just so strange,” about his life as a queer and economic justice activist. Today Tommi is accompanied today by Joel Mark on acoustic bass. Website: http://www.avicollimecca.com and email: tommi@avicollimecca.com

#14 12:33 – 12:43 pm Edward Purkey is a retired United Methodist Clergy. He not only served churches in Seattle, Washington metro area; but for 14 years actively volunteered for OPERATION NIGHTWATCH – a late-night Christian ministry in Seattle’s bars, clubs, and with the homeless street population. He also served as inter-denominational Resident Minister in both Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. He sings: Bob Dylan’s “With God On Our Side,” w/ added original stanzas. Edward Purkey, Sonoma, California basketsofjoy@gmail.com

#15 12:44 – 12:54 pm Jimmy Kelly is the Labor Studies coordinator for San Jose City College as well as the co-founder of the reel Work Labor Film Festival. Jimmy founded the Western Workers Labor Festival 30 years ago this January 2016! He is a member of the Teachers and Letter Carriers unions. Jimmy Kelly is the co-founder of San Leandro for Bernie!

#16 12:55 – 1:05 pm Francis Collins: Ran away from Maryland at age 18 in 1967 to the summer of love in the Haight Ashbury. Learned to play Pete Seeger songs in the sixties. Did homecare for years. Sing for “The Veterans For Peace”. I am a human right’s activist and artist. Francis Collins YouTube Channel: franciscollins49 Email: fc94102@gmail.com

MC #2: Hali Hammer/Vic Sadot Let’s keep it rolling along!

#17 1:06- 1:16 pm Eleanor Walden learned the labor songs of the IWW from the cradle. She joined the Progressive Party as a singer in 1948, sang with the Civil Rights Movement during the 60’s, and was one of the founders of the Freedom Song Network in Berkeley in 1982. Also having a degree in Folklore, Eleanor is fundamentally an activist cultural worker. Email: ewalden3@comcast.net

#18 1:17 – 1:27 pm Eliot Kenin has been an activist, agitator, and singer/songwriter since high school. Labor, peace, equality, and tenants rights are some of the issues he’s worked on. During the ’60’s he toured around the country singing and playing coffee houses, colleges, and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall. His Boston based band, The Great Metropolitan Steam Band, recorded for Decca. His best known song, “You Ain’t Done Nothin’ If you Ain’t Been Called a Red”, has gone into folk process. Most of his songs are ragtime, his favorite style of music. Eliot leads the Spirit of ’29 Dixieland Jazz Band and the Reinhardt Swing Band. Website: http://www.facebook.com/eliotkenin

#19 1:28 – 1:38 pm Emily Yates moved to California and learned to play music after finishing six years as a disgruntled public affairs peon in the Army. She writes fun little songs and plays them on fun little instruments so that she can express her opinions without getting slapped. Website: http://emilyyatesmusic.com
Contact: emily@emilyyatesmusic.com

#20 1:39 – 1:49 pm Phavia Kujichagulia & Val Serrant: Phavia Kujichagulia is a Griot/Djialli Ba (oral historian/spoken word artist/musician) who plays trumpet & percussion to dynamically orchestrate poetry, African music, Jazz, and pop into a hypnotic rhapsody of history and healing. http://www.kujichaguliaphavia.com
Val Serrant – Born in Trinidad & Tobago, “edutainer” and pioneer of Oakland/San-Francisco Carnivals, Val has shared his culture and talents both locally and globally. Val Serrant plays steel pans, talking drum, djembe and djun djun drums. http://www.facebook.com/valserrant

#21 1:50 – 2:00 pm Max Ventura was awarded the 2011 “Tom Paine Courageous Spirit Award” by the BFUU Social Justice Committee for her long-time local peace and justice activist and singer-songwriter work. Most recently she has been organizing to stop the FEMA plan to clear-cut trees in the hills from Richmond to Oakland. The plan will use pesticides and herbicides without reforestation and without labor intensive-job producing methods. Email: beneficialbug@sonic.net

2 pm – 3 pm 1 hour Break for Lunch and Conversation (2:50 MC blink lights; asks people to take their seats)

#22 3:00 – 3:10 pm Clyde Leland is a Berkeley singer-songwriter. Email: clydeleland@gmail.com

#23 3:11- 3:21 pm Ilena Levy: elana is just one more person who hones poetry to crack through the deep deceptions rampant in our already corroded and corrosive system poisoning all of us. her latest book of poems: “Legacies and Heresies with Blessings”.

#24 3:22 – 3:32 pm Peter Krug has been writing songs since the early 60’s. He recorded with Joe Mc Donald pre-Fish. Peter has a song in “Rise Up Singing”. Email: pakrug@hotmail.com

#25 3:33 – 3:43 pm Bryan Uhlenbrock has been involved in the local folk music community for more than a decade. He’s one of the many volunteers who put on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival. During the standard work week, he sells guitars, mandolins, banjos, and many other stringed instruments to music stores all over the country, as a Sales Rep for Saga Musical Instruments.

#26 3:44 – 3:54 pm Molly Thomas is a seasoned singer-songwriter in the Bay Area music scene. mollyzart@yahoo.com

#27 3:55 – 4:05 pm Dolores Helman: Mother of 3, grandmother of 5, a great-grandmother, and teacher of too many to count for over 40 years. Taught pre-schoolers up to high school in Md, Alameda Unified, Berkeley and Oakland. Choreographer and old time hoofer. Met Gene Herman on the dance floor at Ashkenaz.

4:05 – 4:15 MC #3: Selma Spector (aka Mrs. T. Bill Banks) In an attempt to be fair, Mrs. T. Bill Banks of the 1% has been invited to emcee. She will most likely annoy and alienate a large percentage of our audience. She is a long time activist and she was a veteran performer with the notorious and legendary “Plutonium Players”.

#28 4:16 – 4:26 pm Gene Herman started writing poetry in the early 70’s, evolving from love poems to politics, nature and sailing; he is published on both coasts. Gene is a long time member of the Fellowship, has twice been President of the Board of Trustees, and is especially proud of being co-founder of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center located here at BFUU. See Gene’s new Poetry Video at Vimeo & YouTube!

#29 4:27 – 4:37 pm Pat Wynne is the director of the Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus. She is a voice teacher, a composer, a performer and member of Locals 6 & 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians. Pat Wynne’s musical mission is to create a new canon of labor music that better reflects the diversity of our working population. Pat Wynne’s musical collaborator is Bernard Gilbert. http://www.laborchorus.com

#30 4:38 – 4:48 pm Raybob Bowman is from South Lake Tahoe, where he plays as sideman with a few classic rock & country bands playing bass, steel guitar, or electric guitar. Raybob has served as music leader in a few churches until he challenged the pastor with Bible verses that shot holes in their doctrines. Left churches, continued his study of the bible and other books such like Kebra Nagast, which led him to the truth of Jah Rastafari. He’s protesting the religious church system, which he claims is the “Babylon system”. See Raybob Bowman web site: http://www.reverbnation.com/raybobbowman
Contact: raybob@tube-tone.com or 530-539-4155 at 1175 Melba St, S. Lake Tahoe,CA 96150.

#31 4:49 – 4:59 pm Connie “Pwl” Walck Tyler is a writer, composer and piano teacher here in Berkeley. Now the Dove Flies was written right after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Pwll is looking for singers for a new project. Email: connie@deephum.com Website: http://www.deephum.com Phone: (510) 849-0788.

#32 5:00 – 5:10 pm Country Joe McDonald is known as leader of Country Joe and the Fish and for his performance at Woodstock. Joe has worked for veterans rights and other causes too numerous to mention. It was Joe’s idea to create this festival. He just completed a new CD! Website: http://www.countryjoe.com Email: joe@countryjoe.com

#33 5:11 – 5:21 pm Randy Berge is a gifted guitarist who performs original songs, Dead favorites, blues-rooted & psychedelic tinged Americana. His lead guitar work is prominently featured on Hali Hammer’s new CD, “Eclectic Circus”.

#34 5:22 – 5:32 pm Kaanii with Larry & Billy: A lifelong musician, earth mama and rabble rouser, Kaanii (pronounced as Connie) Powell Cleaver left Berkeley in the mid-1970s and recently moved home after almost 40 years away. Larry Luthi is a San Francisco native and a regular member of the all-original band, The Sound Field. Our friend Billy Alford is an accomplished studio musician who’s visiting from his home base of Austin, Texas.

#35 5:33 – 5:43 pm Ken Hayes plays a mix of original songs and old standards in an Americana vein. He’s a major organizer for the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and the Free Folk Festivals too.

#36 5:44 – 5:54 pm Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community song leader. She was a pioneering voice in the emerging Women’s Cultural Movement of the 70’s and 80’s, singing at national and international festivals, and joining voices with artists such as Holly Near, Bernice Reagan, Malvina Reynolds, Pete Seeger. and others. After Sept 11, 2001, Betsy helped create “Singing For Peace”, groups of non-professional singers gathering at Bay Area transit stations, singing songs of healing and peace. Betsy Rose recordings available here tonight! Websites: http://www.betsyrosemusic.org & http://www.mindfulsongs.org Email: betsy@betsyrosemusic.org 510-684-7507

#37 5:55 – 6:05 pm Marcus Duskin has been singing protest songs since the age of 9. He is the founder of the acoustic protest band Folk This! 415-378-7235 e-mail marcusd@igc.org

#38 6:06 – 6:16 pm Carol Denney is a prize-winning lyricist, guitarist, concertina stylist, and old-time fiddler. Her humor and her civil rights work have been honored by the City of Berkeley and the Augusta Music Heritage Festival of West Virginia. Website: http://www.caroldenney.com Contact: 510-548-1512

#39 6:17 – 6:27 pm Anna deLeon is a longtime jazz and blues singer and the former proprietor of Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley. And she is a justice worker; she sings for what she believes in. Website: http://www.AnnadeLeon.com

#40 6:28 – 6:38 pm Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area rallies, marches, BART stations and Mondays at the Tax the Rich Rally on Solano. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination.

#41 6:39 – 6:49 pm Mari (M-A-R-I) Mack: whose birth name “Tamburo” means literally, “drum” in Italian – is a born communicator whose musical influences range from Malvena Reynolds and Pete Seeger to Aretha Franklin. Pet peeves: unqualified Categorical Exemptions to CEQA (California Environmental Awareness Act) Website: http://www.marimackmusic.com 415-789-MARI

#42 6:50 – 7:00 pm Larry Poole: Larry was known in elementary school for being the one who sat in the back of the class and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. His favorite class was fourth grade singing hour when he sat in the front of the class. At recess his favorite song was: “Mine eyes have seen the burning of the school, we have tortured all the teachers and broken all the rules.” Larry Poole Contact info: 707-795-7617 Email: larepole@gmail.com

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1 Hour break (7:50 MC blink lights; ask people to take their seats)

8:00 – 8:10 MC #4: Chris Chandler

Chris Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the US and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice. He has been called, “America’s best kept secret” by someone really important who would prefer to remain anonymous. Website: http://www.chrischandler.org

#43 8:11 – 8:21 pm Rui Gouveia got lucky and just went from the waiting list to performer list!

#44 8:23 – 8:33 pm Funky Nixons: Long time Berkeley Joke Rock comedy dance band – house band for the homeless at People’s Park. 510 849-1255

#45 8:34 – 8:44 pm Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter in the Broadside magazine tradition. Vic broke the “Phil Ochs’ FBI File” FOIA story on the cover in 1982. He interviewed Phil Ochs in May 1973 in DC. Days ago Vic created a video of that audio and posted it at Vic Sadot & Truth Troubadour YouTube Channels. Vic fronted the Crazy Planet Band & Planete Folle Band whose releases are at CD Baby. Blogs: Broadside Balladeer – political folk songs; Berkeley Calling – the living free speech tradition of Berkeley; Truth Troubadour – deep politics. http://www.vicsadot.com BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com

#46 8:45 – 8:55 pm Harbinger (Isaiah McLane, Alex Ristic, Monroe Lawson, Chrisbaby Ferrara)

#47 8:56 – 9:06 pm Yvette O’Tannenbaum is a well-known fiddle player in Bay Area folk circles.

#48 9:07 – 9:17 pm Dan Cunningham sang in rock bands in New York in the seventies. After moving to the Bay Area, he took up the guitar and resurfaced as a singer/guitarist in blues bands in the late nineties. In the last five years, he has taken up an acoustic guitar, playing urban folk, acoustic rock, and blues… writing original songs, like the two he will perform tonight. Dancunningham69@gmail.com

#49 9:18 – 9:28 pm Hali Hammer is well-versed in presenting an assortment of moods and styles, Hali is an award winning singer-songwriter who enjoys writing and playing a wide variety of music. She has performed for peace and political causes for over 3 decades. Hali has a brand new CD, “Eclectic Circus”, available now! Lots of info at http://www.halihammer.com and at http://www.occupella.org

#50 9:29– 9:39 pm Karl Pascal: Vociferating against the advancing VACCINOCRACY at rallies from the steps of the State Capitol, to the Golden Gate Bridge, to the front door of KPFA, Karl Pascal has been on the front lines of the movement against SB 277, the extreme new vaccination law that annihilates medical freedom and will heedlessly kick 225,000 healthy students out of California schools. Please find Karl and sign his petition to Repeal SB 277! Youtube channel: Nosbztt Now. Email: nosbztt@gmail.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. Make checks payable to BFUU. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all participants and to our key motivator, Country Joe McDonald. Sound by Dominic Jeffries. Salute to our BFUU Office Staff Susan Macke & Deborah Hamouris for solid support & quality work! Thanks to Tim Kerr and The Berkeley Times! Thanks to Trader Joe’s! And especially to everyone who volunteered on the BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL Event Team, THANK YOU ALL!

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Country Joe McDonald in 2007.

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL AUGUST 15 2015

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The “BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL” is a Festival to Celebrate Protest in Song, Poetry, and Comedy on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm in Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709.. Country Joe McDonald suggested the idea to the Social Justice Committee of his local congregation, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists as a fun way to do some needed fundraising. Fifty performers signed up in short order and the sign-up had to be cut off there. To Purchase Tickets in Advance, see Brown Paper Tickets! If you cannot be in Berkeley on Aug 15th, you can join us via the “CONCERT WINDOW” Live-Stream.

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This photo of Country Joe McDonald was in the San Francisco Gate in an article about Joe’s upcoming speech at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on August 20 on the topic of “Music as a Vehicle for Social Change”. Thursday, Aug. 20 at 5:15 p.m. $7-$20. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F. Click on the photo for more on that!

The sign-up for Berkeley Protest Fest (BPF) has been closed for a while now. The list of 50 performers will be posted here at the bottom, and also at Country Joe’s Web Site.  Have a look around there to see Joe’s current projects too! The BPF program will run all day from 10 am to 10 pm. Each performer has 10 minutes to do one or two songs, poems, or skits. For the “protest fest” each performer will be asked to donate $5, and audience members are asked to donate a minimum of $10. This will benefit the Fellowship. Performers can do any songs they want whether original or cover. We are celebrating protest song, poetry, and comedy. We are offering an open forum to Bay Area musicians and performers to sing out, and for poets and comedians to speak out! Suggested donation for non-performers is $10. Since it is a fundraiser for one of the most dynamic and community interactive congregations in Berkeley, we most certainly do welcome larger donations.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee with their marching banner in front of Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.

The BFUU Social Justice Committee with their marching banner in front of Historic Fellowship Hall at 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709.

To contact the Social Justice Committee call The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center during the open hours of 1:30 – 5 pm Monday to Friday, or leave a message on the answering machine at 510-275-4272 at any time. This event is a fundraiser for the BFUU. Suggested Minimum Donation for Non-Performers is a minimum donation of $10. Even Performers & Volunteers are pitching in with donations of $5 and labor donated! Let’s keep the BFUU’s heritage of “Spirituality & Social Justice in the Heart of Berkeley” alive and strong! Check out the YouTube project of the BFUU Social Justice Committee and explore the many issue playlists being developed there at SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY YouTube Channel.

Another key organizer for this event is the formidable Berkeley singer-songwriter activist Hali Hammer. She is back from Bali and raring to go! Her skills as an organizer shined in the movement to preserve the Berkeley Post Office from the trend to privatize all public assets into private corporate hands. Amazingly the people of Berkeley won! Hali Hammer was also recently at the Highlander Research and Education Center where activism is supported by the arts, especially folk music. Hali and Joe have been on several KPFA radio shows to promote the Berkeley Protest Festival, and Joe has garnered excellent press, most notably on the cover of The Berkeley Times run  by Tim Kerr.

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Hali Hammer sings her powerful and inspiring song “Redwood” at the 2015 Earth Day Celebration at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on 4-18-15. She and I were invited to do a couple songs each by Country Joe McDonald. Photo by Vic Sadot

Berkeley Protest Fest Performer List Time Allocations

Watch on CONCERT WINDOW!

10:00 MC #1: Nanci Armstrong (Welcoming statement)

#1 10:10 – 10:20 am Leslie Hassberg

#2 10:21 – 10:31 am Marcie Boyd

#3 10:32 – 10:42 am Ron San Miguel

#4 10:43 – 10:53 am Nancy Schimmel

#5 10:54 – 11:04 am Rudy Hubbard  

#6 11:05 – 11:15 am Dennis Fritzinger

#7 11:16 – 11:26 am Larry Montgomery

#8 11:27 – 11:37 am David “Redd” Welsh

#9 11:38 – 11:48 am Mike Margulis

#10 11:49 – 11:59 am Robert Katz

#11 12:00– 12:10 pm June Barter-Stash

#12 12:11 – 12:21 pm Bonnie Lockhart

#13 12:22 – 12:32 pm Tommi Avicolli Mecca

#14 12:33 – 12:43 pm Edward Purkey

#15 12:44 – 12:54 pm Jimmy Kelly

#16 12:55 – 1:05 pm Francis Collins

MC #2: Hali Hammer/Vic Sadot – Updates

#17 1:06- 1:16 pm Eleanor Walden

#18 1:17 – 1:27 pm Eliot Kenin

#19 1:28 – 1:38 pm Emily Yates

#20 1:39 – 1:49 pm Phavia Kujichagulia & Val Serrant

#21 1:50 – 2:00 pm Max Ventura

2 pm – 3 pm 1 hour Break for Lunch and Conversation
(2:50 blink lights and MC asks people to take their seats and get ready for the next act)

#22 3:00 – 3:10 pm Clyde Leland

#23 3:11- 3:21 pm Ilena Levy

#24 3:22 – 3:32 pm Peter Krug (moved from 5)

#25 3:33 – 3:43 pm Bryan Uhlenbrock

#26 3:44 – 3:54 pm Molly Thomas

#27 3:55 – 4:05 pm Dolores Helman

4:05 – 4:15 MC #3: Selma Spector (aka Mrs. T. Bill Banks)

#28 4:16 – 4:26 pm Gene Herman

#29 4:27 – 4:37 pm Pat Wynne

#30 4:38 – 4:48 pm Raybob Bowman

#31 4:49 – 4:59 pm Connie “Pwil” Tayler

#32 5:00 – 5:10 pm Country Joe McDonald

#33 5:11 – 5:21 pm Randy Berge

#34 5:22 – 5:32 pm Kaanii Powell Cleaver

#34 5:33 – 5:43 pm Ken Hayes

#36 5:44 – 5:54 pm Betsy Rose

#37 5:55 – 6:05 pm Marcus Duskin

#38 6:06 – 6:16 pm Carol Denney

#39 6:17 – 6:27 pm Anna deLeon

#40 6:28 – 6:38 pm Occupella

#41 6:39 – 6:49 pm Mari Mack

#42 6:50 – 7:00 pm Larry Poole

7:00 – 8:00 pm 1 Hour break
(7:50 blink lights and MC asks people to take their seats and get ready for the next act)

8:00 – 8:10 MC #4: Chris Chandler

#43 8:11 – 8:21 pm Rui Gouveia

#44 8:23 – 8:33 pm Mark (Mac) McDonald

#45 8:34 – 8:44 pm Vic Sadot

#46 8:45 – 8:55 pm Harbinger (Isaiah McLane and Alex Ristic)

#47 8:56 – 9:06 pm Yvette O’Tannenbaum

#48 9:07 – 9:17 pm Dan Cunningham

#49 9:18 – 9:28 pm Hali Hammer

#50 9:29– 9:39 pm Karl Pascal

Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Berkeley Barb Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Post-event photo post by Vic Sadot 8-16-15

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb.

Country Joe McDonald on stage 8-12-15 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, CA for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb. Photo by Vic Sadot

Original Post: Many veterans of Berkeley Barb activist journalism in the past 50 years will be gathering from far and wide for a reunion with their movement friends. If you don’t know the Berkeley Barb history, you can visit the About Berkeley Barb section of the website. Meanwhile here is an excerpt, and below you can check out the schedule over several days Aug 8 – 14. The opening statement at the opening page to the Berkeley Barb website at www.berkeleybarb.net says: The Berkeley Barb was launched by Max Scherr on August 13, 1965, and was one of the earliest underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and counter-cultural movements in the Sixties. For 15 years, from 1965 to 1980, the Barb was a voice for a generation looking to change the world. The Barb mixed radical politics with psychedelic art, guerrilla comics, local happenings, opinions, reviews, advice, personal ads, and frequent calls to protest. It offered its readers an unabashed alternative to the conformist mainstream press. At a nexus between Free Speech and the Sexual Revolution, the Barb trumpeted the irrepressible passions of the American counterculture.”

Max Scheer Founder, Publisher The Berkeley Barb 2/69

Max Scheer Founder, Publisher The Berkeley Barb 2/69

Mission Statement | The Berkeley Barb celebrates the spirit, politics, and art of the Sixties.
History | On August 13, 1965 Max Scherr launched the Berkeley Barb, one of the earliest and most influential underground newspapers to serve the civil rights, anti-war, and countercultural movements. Scherr, a hands-on publisher, relied on a mostly young, Leftist staff, which helped produce and sell the Barb. For 15 years the Barb, as its name suggests, critiqued and needled the “establishment” becoming a voice for a generation looking to change the world.

Berkeley Barb 50th Anniversary Events Calendar

July 8 – August: The Berkeley Main Library will be hosting displays on the history of the Berkeley Barb, including the rock poster artists and cartoonists featured in the Barb, the speakers and panelists we are hosting to commemorate the 50th anniversary on August 13th, and the Berkeley Barb staff. See the Barb’s vital contribution to American history through a series of front-page issues, photos, quotes, and never before released documents and personal items from Max Scherr’s own files.

August 9: Join us for an Art and Photos Opening and Pot-Luck at the Art House Gallery featuring the work of Barb artist Patricia Oberhaus as well as John Jekabson and Harold Adler. Check out some of Patricia’s art in the Gallery Please join us at 2905 Shattuck, from 12-3 p.m. There will be additional opportunities to view the collection; it runs continues on Wednesday 8/12, and Friday 8/14 from 12:00 – 3:00 through August 14.

August 12: A 50 Year Barb celebration party with live music featuring Country Joe McDonald, Emily Yates, Vic Sadot, Sal Valentino & friends, plus radio pioneer Scoop Nisker and comedy celebrating free speech and the alternative press, is scheduled at The Freight & Salvage Coffee House at 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Read more at the Barb or Freight sites! (Private Event)

August 13: Barb Day – Starting at 11:00 am, the Berkeley Main Library will be hosting a day of speakers and panels in their community room. 1960s underground cartoonist Trina Robbins and Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld (Dr. Hip) will be featured, along with panels consisting of Barb editors, staffers, contributors, and a wrap up academic analysis.

August 14: Berkeley Barb Film Festival at the East Bay Media Center. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. at the Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA. 1:00 – 5:00 pm: Films to be screened include: Shorts: Hot Damn! People, Moe’s Birthday, Lenny Lipton’s Let a Thousand Parks Bloom; Featuring a rare showing of the documentary Hookers, produced by Max Scherr and directed by George Csicsery. Q & A with filmmakers Lenny Lipton and George Csicsery. 7: 00: evening screening of Feature Documentary: Mark Kitchell’s Berkeley in the Sixties followed by a Q & A with author/screenwriter Susan Griffin and Mark Kitchell. (Capacity 75)

Featured Poetry Videos at TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS chez Vimeo

We welcome you to explore the poetry videos submitted to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” Group. We are based in Berkeley, CA. Our on-line home is at Vimeo. What a surprise it is to get a new poetry video presented to the group every now and then! Today in Berkeley Calling Blog we feature the four most recent poetry videos: (1) “Happy Dancing Energies” from spacey (poem by Ava Bird); (2) Imitation: “Edgar Allan Poe Video Poem” from Mark “Iron Strike” Holmberg; (3) “Nature Moments: The Ocean” from Microdac; and (4) Arrival (Video Poem) (2:26) from Athina Souli and her class project team in Greece. We hope that you enjoy these poems. If you really like one or all of these poetry videos, then we hope that you will share them with others!

Vimeo is a quality site for videos of all kinds. It is noted for a distinguished level of composition and artistic sensibility. At this point in time, August 8, 2015, I have posted 17 of my own music videos at Vimeo as “Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer”. Since I had a couple of videos that were from poetry set to music, I decided to start an open submissions Group for people using video to express poems. I named it “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS”. Then I forgot about it for a couple of weeks. Some email notices came to me saying that people had contributed poems. We now have 36 videos and 23 members in the group with me as the monitor. This is turning out to be an enjoyable adventure that I want to share with you at this time in this Berkeley Calling Blog. Our settings place the latest contributions at the top of the site in chronological order back to the first one placed in the group by yours truly. That was The Fog Watch”, a poem by my uncle George Reuter that I set to music many years ago. My father, Jean-Henri Sadot, was from France, and he loved to write poetry too. Listen to “White Clay Creek”. These poetry videos are the four latest additions to this open participation group on Vimeo. Enjoy!

“Happy Dancing Energies” from spacey was just added on 8-07-15 as an Editor’s Choice. It’s a poem of only 1:11 minute long poem by my friend Ava Bird with really cool graphics and lyrics selected in a mix meant to uplift and inspire. The thumbnail photo is “Laughing Sal”. Click on the screenshot!

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Imitation: Edgar Allan Poe Video Poem from Mark “Iron Strike” Holmberg was contributed on 6-16-15 to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” channel at Vimeo. Posted notes: “Steve Guynn in a video poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. Shot with a gh4, and a computer 12.5 mm.” A very engaging and effective use of visual effects for a trippy 1:51 minute Edgar Allan Poe poem created by Mark Holmberg. Spooky fun! Click on the screenshot!

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Nature Moments: The Ocean (8:43) from Microdac at Vimeo was contributed to “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” channel at Vimeo on 5-08-15. Posted Notes: A few minutes by the ocean.” Indeed! A Quote from Henry David Thoreau and a few comments by Microdac to the sound and scenes of ocean surf on a sunny tranquil day encourage you to “think for yourself”. Microdoc joined vimeo 8 years ago and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Quote: “I am a retired sailor who love to play golf and to travel to the Caribbean. I love sharing the same space with artists and other creators; people who are spiritual (NOT religious). Sensual people who are never ashamed of their lives or activities.” Indeed, Microdoc covers nature from “Wasp Engineering” to turtles basking in the summer sun to “Image in the Clouds”. Let’s take a walk by the ocean now with Monsieur Microdac. Allons y au bord de la mer! (Let’s go there along the ocean shore!) Click on the screenshot!

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Arrival (Video Poem) (2:26) from Athina Souli. This poem was done as a class assignment. Yet it is a class act in terms of composition. I love it! Credits for this first-rate poetry video team! Poem title: “Arrival” by William Carlos Williams; Actors: Elena Masala & Alex Anagnostopoulos; Shot & narrated by Stavros Symeonidis; Written & directed by Athina Souli; Music by Sigur Rós – Í Gær; Course: Directing & editing; Course Instructor: Nikos “Tei” Terzis of Athens, Department of Photography & Audiovisual Arts. ©2015. From the San Francisco Bay Area, we salute you all! We thank you for sharing your video with us at “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” on Vimeo. Click on the screenshot!

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“TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” at Vimeo is an open contribution site by poets and their friends using video to express their poetry. Progressive commentary, free thinkers, and humor encouraged. Open forum for poetry recitals. Poetry in motion or in stills. Live readings from home cameras or remote locations. Poetry interpreted as song with video. Vive “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” at Vimeo! Founded by Vic Sadot in Berkeley, California on March 5, 2012. Vic Sadot can be reached at BroadsideBalladeer@gmail.com

To see a list of all of the poetry videos submitted so far at “TRUTH & LOVE POETRY VIDEOS” click on the name in capital letters. Thanks for spending some time with us and our group members!

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Phil Ochs 1973 Interview Audio to Video Project Gets Promoted at Celebrating Phil Ochs

New Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel post gets promoted by webmaster Shannon Hammock at the new web site to celebrate Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th birthday on Dec 19, 2015.

Celebrating Phil Ochs Blog 8-08-17: New Phil Ochs Interview From 1973 Released To Celebrate His 75th Birthday. Founded by Shannon Hammock with a companion page at Facebook. 

SUMMARY OF CONTENT: This interview took place in Washington, DC on WGTB Radio with Rich Lang, Host of Interface, a WGTB Public Affairs Program; Vic Sadot, Interviewer; Sound Engineer: Skip Pizzi. (Total time interview: 28 min, 54 sec)
Rich Lang announces “Interface” show and introduces Phil Ochs and Vic Sadot. Vic explains that Phil is in DC for a week long engagement at The Cellar Door. He then asks Phil about Watergate and what the Senate and the press are doing. Phil talks about “the Watergate conspiracy”, the possibility of impeachment of President Richard Nixon; Rich asks Phil what about Vice President Spiro Agnew; Nixon in the polls, the significance of Attorney General John Mitchell admitting to breaking the law. Phil expresses surprise that Judge Sirica pursued the Watergate case thus far, talks of the lack of character of Eliot Richardson, quotes John Lennon’s song, Working Class Hero, refers to “crooks” and “creeps” (Committee to Re-Elect the President), mentions FBI Director L. Patrick Gray admitting to having destroyed evidence, refers to the break-in to the office of Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg. Phil talks about his appearance on a TV show called “Panorama” the day before and what members of the international press, who were also on that show, were saying about the “Nixon scandal”. Phil comments on the superior nobility and utility of a parliamentary vote of no confidence compared to the impeachment process offered in the US Constitution.

Phil Ochs sings Here’s to the State of Richard Nixon, an update of a song he had previously written and released as Here’s to the State of Mississippi. Only Lyrics in white text on black background during the song segment.

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Vic Sadot asks Phil Ochs about his travels in recent years. Phil covers the globe with his commentary on Vietnam and Cambodia, and his report on his most recent travels to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bali, Jakarta, Singapore, Thailand, the Phillipines, “and Philadelphia”. Phil describes the struggle going on in Chile. Salvador Allende, a socialist who nationalized the copper mines, a great national asset of Chile, that had come to be owned by ITT Anaconda. This interview is in May 1973, 4 months before the coup by General Pinochet, when ITT and CIA activities against the Chilean government are being discussed. The coup came on September 11, 1973. Phil cites the assassination of the head of the Chilean Armed Forces (General René Schneider) as a “false flag” operation to make it seem like the newly elected socialist government was attacking the Chilean military. Phil talks about the movie “State of Siege” and the nature of the movement in South America. He describes the tactics of the Tupamaros in Uruguay, and tells the story of being at a university in Uruguay when it was surrounded by the army and shots were exchanged. Phil tells about being tracked and interfered with by Interpol and being taken to a prison. We discuss the role of universities in South America. He says that folk singers make the juke box but it is still mostly romantic subjects rather than political. Phil talks about the CIA financing of a spiritual movement in Chile to drain youth from the revolutionary political movement in Chile. (There may have been more in this interview, but it appears that WGTB’s reel to reel tape ran out here.)

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