Tune in at the Lemon Grove

Some great musicians are coming to our valley that you need to check out. First is, Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Mike Stout. Mike is one of my favorite musicians because Mike’s music gets to the meat of what the working-class struggle in the world is about. Mike offers solutions to inspire solidarity, he’s called, “the world’s grievance man” for good reason. Scott Mervis, music critic of the Pittsburgh Gazette, wrote “There are a lot of guys out there who pass themselves off as blue-collar rockers, but Mike Stout is unquestionably the real thing.” Come and hear him and see if he doesn’t speak for you.

Mike will also be joined by the, Electric Junkyard Gamelan from New York. It’s all part of a May Day celebration. May Day is known world-wide as the historic day we celebrate International Worker’s Day! Two of my favorite people, Staughton and Alice Lynd from, Niles OH. who are life long activists will be guest speakers. They will be joined by Sherry Linkon and John Russo of the YSU Center for Working Class Studies. It’s all happening Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Lemon Grove Cafe 122 W Federal St. Youngstown, OH. It starts at 5:00 PM and is an all ages show. The Lemon Grove is a real cultural asset to Youngstown so, bring the family have dinner and celebrate workers!

May 15, will also see another talented musician at the Lemon Grove. I’m talking about, Jann Klose a citizen of the world, he’s lived on three continents, making his home in the melting pot that is New York City. Jann’s music has been featured on the GRAMMY-nominated album, HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT, MTV’s Cribs and  the soundtrack to the Paul Sorvino film Dead Broke (Warner Bros). Time Out New York writes, “Jann Klose writes warm, hooky pop music.” The Advance Wire Service states: “The first thing that’s totally unmistakable about Jann Klose is that voice – which is just light years beyond that of the typical singer-songwriter … a sound that is classy, distinctive and often irresistible.” The Elecpencil has seen him sing and I can guarantee you’ll be impressed. Jann Klose will be performing at the Lemon Grove Cafe in downtown Youngstown, 122 Federal Plaza West, on Sunday, May 15, at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $10, and available in advance at numerous locations. They can be charged by phone by calling 330-544-1946. For more information contact concert organizer Paul Unger, noisyfans@gmail.com 330-219-0016

April is poetry month so here is one of my favorite poems. It’s by Peter Maurin who along with Dorothy Day founded, the Catholic Worker Movement.

Better Or Better Off

The world would be better off,
if people tried
to become better.
And people would
become better
if they stopped trying
to be better off.

For when everybody tries
to become better off,
nobody is better off.
But when everybody tries
to become better,
everybody is better off.
Everybody would be rich
if nobody tried
to be richer.

And nobody would be poor
if everybody tried
to be the poorest.
And everybody would be
what he ought to be
if everybody tried to be
what he wants
the other fellow to be.

Mike Stout: We Need a Revolution Now

Mike Stout: Homestead

Jann Klose: Black Box

Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit! ~ Mother Jones


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