Coffee House @Ethical: People’s Music NetworkJanuary 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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January 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Coffee House @Ethical: People’s Music Network
The Coffee House @Ethical brings you joy, courage, and wisdom through music the second Sunday of every month.
NO COVER CHARGE. Free coffee will be available, and other goodies will be available for purchase.
We will take a collection for free-will donations to cover our costs, with half of the proceeds going to the Matt Jones Scholarship Fund. The fund, which is administered by the People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle, provides scholarships to people of color who are engaging with People’s Music Network convergence events.
January 12th Coffee House @ Ethical: Featuring Ben Grosscup and Joshua Garcia
BEN GROSSCUP uses the power of song to amplify and accentuate the ideas and values of the transformative social movements he is part of. Ben plays at rallies, picket lines, conferences, coffee houses, and house concerts, and works tirelessly to enable many other musicians to be heard as well. His mission as an activist folksinger is to make music a vibrant part of social justice-based resistance movements. As a song leader, he helps groups sing as one. In this practice of embodied solidarity, people breathe in unison as they affirm their commitment to struggle together. As a songwriter and song interpreter, he inspires people to question oppressive ideologies and broaden their political imaginations toward greater levels of freedom.
Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle. The organization is a diverse community of singers, poets, activists, and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world. PMN/SFS is hosting its Winter Convergence in NYC from January 24-26, 2020, with a concert at The People’s Forum on Friday and workshops and song sharing at Central Park East 2 on Saturday and Sunday.
JOSHUA GARCIA is a songwriter whose poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals have evoked comparisons to Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, his boyhood idols. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens. With his strong baritone, wide-ranging blues style guitar work, and deadpan sense of humor, Joshua has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the most sought after singers in the NYC folk world.
Joshua is an active member of People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle and a member of the NYC Local Organizing Committee for the 2020 PMN Winter Convergence. He has volunteered as a registration coordinator and as a bookkeeper.