Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Northwest Folklife Festival
NW Folklife Festival - Labor Show - 7:10 to 9:30 pmCornish Theater, Seattle Center
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We are happy to be part of the festivities at the NW Folklife Festival by hosting the Labor Show. This year’s stage will be bursting with talent, some familiar and some not. Save Saturday evening, May 28, 7:10 to 9:30 p.m. to spend at the Cornish Playhouse (formerly known as the Intiman) at Seattle Center.
The show launches with a group new to Folklife—the Resisters (or Re-Sisters, a chamber vocal group of women from Vancouver BC) who inform with music and stories particularly about working-class women. They pay special attention to aboriginal women in Canada, an often forgotten group.
The centerpiece of the show will be a narrative on the decades-long continental struggle for justice. Featured in the speaking roles are Al (Alexandra) Bradbury and Francisca Garcia, while the Seattle Labor Chorus will provide musical sound bites. Singer-songwriter Bradbury will also perform some of her own material.
And the Labor Chorus will of course perform its own set. The Labor Stage will close with Citizens’ Band from Olympia, who have delighted Northwest audiences for years with their sharp-witted political commentary in song.
If you can make it to the festival a little earlier on Saturday, join the singalongs in the Cornish courtyard just outside the theater. 5:00 – 6:00 is the labor singalong hosted by Earle Peach, director of Solidarity Notes Labour choir from Vancouver, B.C. with some of his singers. And 6:00 – 7:00pm is the Pete Seeger singalong.
These will certainly put you in mind of “The Power of the Human Voice in Song” - the theme of this year’s Folklife festival.