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DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 FETES FREE SPEECH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
(Published: July 26, 2017)

This year's DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL, the annual showcase of revolutionary creativity, occurs on August 19 and 26 in Manhattan. Now, in the face of a vapid, corrupt administration built on profit, race-baiting, xenophobia and fear-mongering, the cultural workers' voice is perhaps more vital than ever. The 'uber alles' rallies Trump continues to call for, the depth of corruption already unearthed by the Special Counsel, and the agenda of Trump-Pence-Bannon, called for Day 1 of this Festival to be dedicated to THE FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP. Day 2 will be an evening specific to the memory of a great friend to New York's downtown jazz community, BERN NIX, a FUNDRAISER for his family. Over the course of the Festival, some of the artists who'll take the stage include Amina Baraka, Charles Downs, Ingrid Laubrock, Newman Baker, Larry Roland, Ras Moshe, Steve Dalachinsky, Cheryl Pyle and many more.


DISSIDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 SCHEDULE-
DAY 1: THE FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
Saturday August 19, 7pm-11pm
5C Cafe and Cultural Center 68 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

DAY 1 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 19
7:15-7:55PM: Trudy Silver's Where's the Outrage?
Trudy Silver- composition and piano; actors/vocalists Scottie Davis and Kathryn Hall; Bhutto mime Sanae Buck; poets Raymond Nat Turner and Zigi Lowenberg; 50 years of protest film.

8-8:10: Raymond Nat Turner-poetry

8:15-8:55: Amina Baraka & the Red Microphone
Amina Baraka-poetry/voice; Ras Moshe Burnett-tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Rocco John Iacovone-alto and soprano saxophones, piano; Laurie Towers-electric bass; John Pietaro-drums, hand drums, percussion, musical direction

9-9:10: Bernard Block-poetry

9:15-9:35: Crystal Shipp-performance art

9:40-9:55: Steve Dalachinsky-poetry with John Pietaro, drums, and other guests

10-1040: Lindsey Wilson & the Human Hearts
Lindsey Wilson-voice, songs, poetry, guitar; Michael Trotman-bass guitar; Reggie Sylvester-drums

10:45-11 finale -all poets and musicians in the house!
***************************

DAY 2: BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE FAMILY OF BERN NIX
Saturday August 26, 7PM, Henry Winston Unity Hall 235 W 23 Street, 7 floor, NYC. Fused with the New Masses Nights series which is also produced by John Pietaro, this evening serves as a fundraiser for the family of the late guitarist BERN NIX, whose final performance was on the New Masses Nights stage in late May. ALL PROCEEDS OF ADMISSION WILL BE DONATED TO HIS FAMILY'S FUNERAL EXPENSES.

DAY 2 SCHEDULE:
SAT AUG 26
7:15- Guest Speakers

7:30-8:10- The Beyond Group (Bern was a founding member)
Cheryl Pyle-flutes; Ingrid Laubrock-saxophones; Larry Roland-bass, poetry; Newman Baker-percussion

8:10-Guest Speakers

8:25-9:05: Bern's Band (3/4 of his Quartet)
Matt Lavelle-trumpet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet; Francois Grillot-bass; Reggie Sylvester-drums

9:05-Guest Speakers

9:20-10- Music Now!
Ras Moshe Burnett- saxophones, flute; others TBA

----DISSIDENT ARTS and NEW MASSES MEDIA WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ROSENBERG FUND FOR CHILDREN FOR ITS GENEROUS GRANTS OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS OF THE FESTIVAL. For more info on RFC please visit www.rfc.org -----

FESTIVAL HISTORY:
Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has been a powerful vehicle to bridge radical arts to progressive socio-political activism. Increasingly, the Festival has gained media attention over the course of its decade-long history as evidenced by press in TimeOut NY, the Indypendent, the Villager, Downtown Express, Peoples World, Chronogram and others. In 2013, noted jazz journalist Howard Mandel offered kudos in his remarks on social media. Over the years the Dissident Arts Festival has been endorsed by the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the National Writers Union, the Len Ragozin Foundation, Local 802's Justice for Jazz Artists campaign, 17 Frost Theatre, Occupy Musicians, the Howland Cultural Center and DooBeeDooBeeDoo music blog.

Based in the Hudson Valley city of Beacon NY from the 2006 founding through 2009, the Festival was transferred to New York City locations in 2010, the Festival's performers and speakers over the years included actor/raconteur Malachy McCourt, late great trumpet player Roy Campbell, folk legend Pete Seeger, filmmaker Kevin Keating, spoken word artists Steve Dalachinsky and the late Louis Reyes Rivera, the late reeds player/composer Will Connell, political satirist/activist Randy Credico , multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, hip hop ensemble ReadNex Poetry Squad, labor leader Henry Foner, punk-folk artist Lach and many more. Films screened included ‘Giuliani Time', ‘Cultures of Resistance', ‘Salt of the Earth', ‘Battleship Potemkin' and ‘Metropolis'. Other special features were tributes to Paul Robeson, Bertolt Brecht, Woody Guthrie, and Phil Ochs. The Dissident Arts Festival has also offered a voice to progressive political candidates, the Occupy movement and radical labor organizations.

Festival founder and producer:
John Pietaro
Writer, Musician, Cultural Organizer

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www.DissidentArts.com
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