HUDSON VALLEY ARTISTS UNITE AS PART OF NATIONWIDE CONCERT EVENT
THE CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA TO END GUN VIOLENCE
Featuring: Mike + Ruthy, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel, Marshall Crenshaw
with special guest Kate Pierson of the B-52’s
On Sunday, September 25th at BSP Kingston, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; Hudson Valley musical luminaries Marshall Crenshaw, Mike + Ruthy, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, and Connor Kennedy& Minstrel join forces with Family of Woodstock www.familyofwoodstockinc.org for the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Show starts at 7 pm, tickets are $20 in advance at www.bspkingston.com and $25 at the door.
Spearheaded by Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and dozens of other organizations, this nationwide effort features a diverse array of artists performing at venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky-tonks, hotel rooftops, theaters, and clubs like Kingston’s own BSP.
Performers will give voice to the more than five million Americans who have been murdered by a firearm since the University of Texas mass shooting on Aug. 1, 1966.SHV Founder John Rosenthal said, “In the midst of America’s epidemic of gun violence that results in 90 deaths, over 200 injuries, and a mass shooting every day, this powerful coast-to-coast concert and organizing effort will raise awareness and – very importantly – get out the vote on gun violence prevention in the November elections and beyond.”
The BSP event began when writer-musician and co-producer of the evening Robert Burke Warren, aka Uncle Rock, received a call from his friend, multi-Grammy-winning activist Rosanne Cash, who is helming the NYC version of the concert at the Beacon Theater. “She asked if I would put together a Hudson Valley version,” he says. “So I joined forces with Family of Woodstock and reached out to these amazing musicians. They’re all passionate about the issue. So here we are.”
The BSP concert will feature sets from each individual act, and some cross-pollination. “Connor and Minstrel have played with everyone, including Kate and Marshall,” Robert says. “And Mike + Ruthy opened for and backed up Kate on her 2015 tour. So expect some impromptu supergroups. It’ll be a rockin’ love fest.”
Proceeds from the BSP event will go to Family of Woodstock’s 24-hr. Crisis Hotline (firearms are currently the most utilized method of suicide), services for youth and adolescents (1.7 million children and teens live in homes with unlocked, loaded guns), and efforts to prevent domestic violence (in an average month in the US, 51 women are shot to death by their intimate partners). “Family of Woodstock is proud to be participating in The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence,” says Tamara Cooper, Crisis Hotline Program Director. “The focus of this initiative is to bring awareness to our ability to reduce gun violence in our communities through education and prevention strategies such as gun locks.”
As they do at gun shows throughout the Hudson Valley, Family of Woodstock will distribute information to educate youth and community groups about reducing gun violence, and offer free gun locks at the event. Also sharing information at the event will be the Ulster County chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence http://nyagv.org/.
The Concert Across America: BSP Kingston hosted by Family of Woodstock will take place on Sunday, September 25, in the huge back room of BSP Kingston, 323 Wall Street at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at: www.bspkingston.com.
Family of Woodstock, Inc. is a network of individuals, paid and volunteer, whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. The scope of the agency’s vision allows us to bring to bear resources to address a broad spectrum of human problems.
Contact for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, Mid-Hudson: Alexandra Dubroff, alex@NYAGV.org