Artist Call to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

Phil Ochs sings at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechener

Phil Ochs singing at UC Berkeley in 1968. Photo by Mark Shechner

Thanks to people all over the world, but especially people on Facebook like Shannon Hammock with her Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday page, and also the group page called 1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs, there is considerable interest in recognizing the work of American singer-songwriter Phil Ochs on the passing of his 75th birthday on or near to December 19, 2015.

I’ve heard of events all over the country being organized. I’m organizing such an event in Berkeley with singer-songwriter Hali Hammer at Historic Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7 pm at 1924 Cedar Street in Berkeley..

I met and interviewed Phil Ochs in 1973 and just got around to making a 2015 video based on that old reel-to-reel audio tape from WGTB when Phil did a week of shows at The Cellar Door in Washington, DC. (See link below!) Phil stayed at my apartment that week. So I had lots of opportunities to talk with Phil, but I never saw him in person again. Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec 19, 1940, and unfortunately, he died by suicide on April 9, 1976. Phil Ochs’ songs were unique and thought provoking, not only in dealing with political topics of the time, but in dealing with the political system in a more deeply revealing way. His philosophical songs, such as Changes, When I’m Gone, Cross My Heart,and There But for Fortune, reached people in a deeper and more long lasting way than most songs that come down the pike. In the tradition of Broadside Magazine, edited by Phil’s avid supporters, Sis Cunningham and Gordon Friesen, Phil preferred to call himself a “topical singer”.

The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has reserved Historic Fellowship Hall for Dec 19, 2015. We’re sending out a call for people to do one or two songs, or 10 minutes. The performers and songs will be listed in a simple program like we did for the Berkeley Protest Fest with Country Joe McDonald on Aug 15, 2015.

We are looking for people to sing (1) Phil Ochs covers; (2) Phil Ochs tributes; (3) and original songs that the artist feels were inspired in them by Phil Ochs. They can submit an mp3 to me at this email broadsideballadeer@gmail.com

If your song submission is selected, then for publicity we would then need a close-up photo, a short bio of 2 or 3 sentences about you and your music, your website and booking contact info if you have such and want it listed in the program. We hope to hear from talented people who love Phil Ochs who want to sing out in Berkeley on Dec 19th! Vic Sadot

More Phil Ochs Information Links:

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. Shannon is also organizing a tribute album of various artists to be released for the 75th birthday. Vic Sadot is performing an unreleased studio recording of United Fruit by Phil Ochs, and Vic is accompanied by the talented violin of Eric Golub.

1973 Audio Becomes 2015 Vimeo Video: “Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Vic Sadot Broadside Balladeer Vimeo Video Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America.

“Phil Ochs May 1973 Interview by Vic Sadot & Rich Lang” (30:10) Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel. Phil talks about Nixon, Watergate developments, the TV show he was on the day before, and his travels in South America. This old 1973 reel-to-reel tape comes alive as re-created as a 2015 video by Vic Sadot as a tribute to Phil Ochs’ upcoming 75th Birthday on Dec. 19, 2015.

Broadside Balladeer – A tribute song to Phil Ochs written in 1977 by Vic Sadot. This free download version has Vic Sadot on vocals and acoustic guitar with Eric Golub on violin. This version was released on September 11, 2011 on the  “9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD, which is available on CD Baby.

A History of Phil Ochs Song Nights organized by Phil’s Sister Sonny Ochs

You may want to join this amazing Phil Ochs Facebook Group: “1,000,000 Strong for Phil Ochs”.

No More Songs – The Phil Ochs Tribute & Memorabilia Site Created by Phil Ochs Fans

Phil Ochs Legacy Lives On in the House of Woody Guthrie – Broadside Balladeer Blog 8-10-15

Phil Ochs Highlighted in Smithsonian Folkways Collection – Broadside Balladeer Blog 7-17-13

PHIL OCHS FBI FILE by Vic Sadot at the Official Vic Sadot Music Website 10-24-10

BFUU Facebook Event Call for Artists to Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15

The Official Phil Ochs Website
Best Phil Ochs Song Lyrics Page in the World! Thank you, Trent!

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Phil Ochs at the Berkeley Barb newspaper office in 1974. This photo was given to me by Stephen Vernon when Country Joe McDonald invited me to sing at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Berkeley Barb on August 12, 2015. We organized the Berkeley Protest Fest on August 15 with Hali Hammer.

BERKELEY PROTEST FESTIVAL PERFORMERS LIST AT BERKELEY CALLING BLOG

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.