April 30. Chicago for the People Concert & CD Release
On a blistering winter morning Ami Saraiya and Anna Soltys, two local singer-songwriters, visited a Northwest side street corner where hundreds of immigrant workers seek employment as day laborers for contractors who arrive and negotiate from their trucks. From the experience of meeting with workers from Ecuador, Honduras, Poland, and Eastern Europe, the singers wrote the new single, Sweet Chariot, to be released April 30th. (see Chicago Sun-times Article by David Hoekstra 'That's the Sound of Working' about the project)
LIsten to the "Sweet Chariot" on music page or here
The visit and song are part of a larger cultural project of bringing together artists and musicians with community organizations striving for better conditions under the banner “Chicago for the People.” Local bands such as Judson Claiborne, Rebel Diaz, Detholz, Mucca Pazza and others donate tracks for a CD whose sales will raise funds for grassroots groups to attend the US Social Forum in Detroit this June.
“The forum for us is an opportunity to gather with others who live on the margins and place ourselves at the center. We have to stop letting others speak for us and speak for ourselves. We are in the struggle because we are the struggle, its up to us,” explains analía rodriguez who’s organizing a delegation from Little Village and Pilsen. “Through combining cultural work and organizing, we’re building a movement. We want to take the city that works and make it the city that works for everyone,” B. Loewe, Social Forum organizer, states.
What: Chicago for the People Concert & CD Release: Performances by Bagwis, Black Bear Combo, and Los Vicios de Papa
Where: Logan Square Audtorium. 2539 N. Kedzie
When: April 30th 8:00pm to 2:00am
*Ticket Give-aways available for radio stations promoting the event
Tickets may be purchased at http://bit.ly/chgoppl. Buy the CD ½ price with advanced purchase of ticket.