Thursday Feb 14, 2013
A night of fabulous music, art, inspired global visioning and peace activism.
Celebrate love's intentions with songwriter and master guitarist Tom Neilson and Lynn Marie.
Tom's extensive world travels, first as a Peace Corps volunteer & then United Nation's employee are engagingly and informatively chronicled in his masterful politicalsatire and general social commentary. Drawn from the dozen years he spent working with the UN in Africa and South America, Tom's expertise on the political economy in East Africais rooted in his work in Somalia with the UNHCR in 1983-84. Tom's cultural observations areintertwined with his fervent and optimistic commitment to social justice. Successfully combining art with activism, Tom's song material addresses the media, healthcare,electoral machinations, food and the idiosyncrasies of US Culture. Contemporary songs high-light the misadventures of various politicians, including Obama, Dubya, and the lot.Tom and Lynn Marie provide a good dose of humor, compassion and outrage in songs aboutreal people's struggles, and have crowds lifting their own voices from the very first chorus. He has been on the forefront in helping communities organize against war, water privatization,mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMO's, Fracking,& toxic waste. He writesabout historical and current events that are disappeared or distorted by the media. Tom's lyricsare celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness & wit. He has received over 20awards and nominations and at Kerrville, was referred to as the "Jon Stewart of folk music". Tom Neilson's exceptional music has been used in 8 documentaries. His sophisticated writingbrings together the finest components of song and comedy, and has resulted in many awards. He has appeared with Cynthia McKinney, Amy Goodman, Cindy Sheehan, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader (introducing Ralph at the National Convention), Ray McGovern,Howard Zinn, Bruce Gagnon, David Cobb, & played at the Martin Luther King Centerin Havana, Cuba.