SONGS OF PROTEST –Music that Changed the World

Concert to The Benefit Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR) and ArtsRock

PRESS RELEASE– A slate of musicians is coming together on Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 18 S. Broadway in Nyack to perform a benefit concert for two Rockland County non-profit organizations – The Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR) and ArtsRock.

Songs of Protest will celebrate songs that affected social, political and cultural change through history. Performers include Grammy award-winning Tom Chapin, David Amram, Rex Fowler from Aztec Two Step, Mikhail Svetlov, Russian bass from the Metropolitan Opera, Sam Waymon, Erik Lawrence, Shirley Crabbe, Adam Falcon, Mayra Casales, The Roues Brothers and more.

Songs of Protest is curated by Parents’ Choice Award-winning musician and leader of The Bossy Frog Band, Jeffrey Friedberg under the artistic direction of WQXR’s and ArtsRock’s Elliott Forrest and ACOR executive director Janey Tannenbaum.

“In these times of intense civic engagement and charged politics I want to celebrate the songs that help shape America’s history. We have assembled a tremendously varied and talented group of performers to celebrate the power of music to make a difference.” said Friedberg who stresses that this is not a rally or partisan event but rather a celebration of what makes America great, freedom of expression.

“The Nyack and surrounding area community is an engaged group,” said Forrest, “and we always come together to voice our passions.” 

Scheduled to appear:

* Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step

* Tom Chapin & Michael Mark: Grammy award-winning singer/song writers

* The Chapin Sisters, renowned family singers

* Mikhail Svetlov: Metropolitan Opera, Russian bass

* Shirley Crabbe: Jazz vocalist

* Sam Waymon: musical director and brother of Nina Simone

* Adam Falcon: Guitarist/singer-songwriter

* Roues Brothers: Rockabilly/blues and Americana musicians

* Alice Leon, singer songwriter

* Erik Lawrence: Jazz sax, charter member of the Levon Helm band

* Mayra Casales: Cuban percussionist

* Sean Fleming: Irish-rock musician

* The Crusty Gentlemen: Bluegrass

* Additional musicians to be announced.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 855-ArtsRock. Tickets Are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

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