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Phil Ochs Song Night
September 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$20
Old Sloop Coffeehouse is proud to present a special concert featuring the music of Phil Ochs Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 PM at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St.
Phil Ochs wrote over 100 songs during his far too brief 35 years on earth. He was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics, and distinctive voice. Somehow, Phil’s songs seem as relevant today as they were when they were written in the 1960’s and 1970’s. To keep Phil’s music alive, groups of performers have gotten together to perform his beloved songs ever since 1983. This Phil Ochs Song Night features outstanding musicians Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, Reggie Harris, and Tom Prasada-Rao, who will perform Phil’s songs and some of their own. Phil Ochs loved a cause, and this concert has one too. Proceeds will benefit Family Promise North Shore Boston, an interfaith hospitality network that provides shelter, meals, job support and case management for homeless families. First Congregational Church of Rockport is a Family Promise host church.
Greg Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who has found a home in the modern acoustic genre and become one of its most unique and superlative emissaries.. Pat Wictor is a slide guitarist and singer-songwriter whose lean and poetic songs incorporate – and subvert – rural blues and gospel traditions. Greenway and Wictor are two-thirds of popular trio Brother Sun. Well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador Reggie Harris combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Tom Prasada-Rao is a musician’s musician – an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties – whose extraordinary song are melodic, ambitious, and reverent.
Advance tickets are $20. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, or The Bookstore in Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $23 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $46 for families.