Friday, February 10, 2017
New York, NY
Fred Gillen Jr & Lisa Gutkin Resist Spectra Benefit
638 East 6th Street, between B & C, East Village, New York, NY
Welcome to our big night of music to support the great work of ResistSpectra, going non-stop for over a year to halt the construction of an egregiously named, massively scaled high-pressure fracked gas pipeline, the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion.
(If you can't make it, please support us at https://gogetfunding.com/resistspectra/)
Suggested donation $20
This pipeline has already trammeled forests and rammed through private property, and now skirts dangerously close to Indian Point, the nuclear power plant right up the Hudson River from NYC. There's much more construction planned to get the gas to overseas markets, where the price will drive up domestic gas prices by at least a factor of two. We're going to keep on til we stop Spectra! And we are turning to you for some needed support and offering a fun evening in return. If you are unable to join us, please donate here.
We've got our own high energy right here in NYC, in the form of two marvelous performers who are also our fractivist heroes - and friends. We'll do it for the birthday of a great president (he can use some love right now), for Celtic goddess Brigid now reconfigured as a saint, she who tends the hearth and promises spring will come again, for Saint Valentine who stood up to Empire, for the little critter who lives in the ground where the pipeline rumbles and shakes, for Earth herself.
At every performance Fred Gillen Jr. opens his heart and pours out the unglamorous but compelling tales of the marginalized and forgotten. His songs have often been described as both painfully intimate and universal ... His live performances are spontaneous celebrations of all that it is to be human, he encourages participation, and he works hard to eliminate the "fourth wall" between performer and audience .... Gillen's version of Woody Guthrie's song I Ain't Got No Home was featured on the Appleseed Records CD Pete Remembers Woody, a recording of Pete Seeger telling stories about Woody.
Lisa Gutkin is best known as the Grammy award winning violinist, singer and songwriter of the Klezmatics, and as co-founder of Whirligig, the “downtown” celtic band. She played in Sting’s "The Last Ship,” had a cameo appearance in “Sex and the City,” and is a MacDowell Fellow. Lisa appears on hundreds of recordings including “From Here On In,” a CD of her original songs produced by John Lissauer, and an instructional DVD called “Play Klezmer Fiddle!” She has co-authored songs with Woody Guthrie, Anne Sexton, and Maggie Dubris, and composed for symphony orchestra, dance, and film. And now she is about to play the role of Nellie Friedman, a musician, in “INDECENT,” a new Broadway play for which she co-composed the music!