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Folk Fights Back Bay Area for Racial Justice

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Folk Fights Back Bay Area is proud to present a benefit for Racial Justice, to support the Ella Baker Center, featuring The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, the KTO Project, Evie Ladin’s MoToR/dance, Austin Willacy, Cascada de Flores and the Oakland Youth Chorus. FFB-BA takes pride in presenting a diversity of Folk Music from/for our Bay Area communities.
Folk Fights Back is a nationwide musician-led organization that seeks to raise awareness for critical issues in today’s political climate, and fund local organizations actively fighting for social and political change through simultaneous concerts in cities across the US. Founded by Rachel Baiman, Kaitlyn Raitz and Lily Henley in Nashville, concerts are volunteer-powered every few months. FFB Bay Area is spearheaded by Michael Rufo and Evie Ladin. Let us know if you want to help produce the FFB Bay Area events!

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol
“Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group, 2016

KTO Project
From Kelly Takunda Orphan, the KTO Project is a dynamic, danceable world music ensemble, lighting up Bay Area music venues such as Ashkenaz, La Pena Cultural Center, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Freight & Salvage. The seasoned lineup of SF Bay Area musicians bring a wealth of experience into the infectious beats of the band. Building on the passion and experience of their founder, The KTO Project takes the listener around the world, connecting us with the love and dreams that unite, with the violence, grief and poverty that tear us apart, and with the music that can heal if we are open to the rhythm! 

Evie Ladin’s all-female percussive dance company explores the complete expression of the sonic body in space. Inspired by the vibrant International Body Music scene to workshop complex physical rhythmic independence with world rhythmic systems, Evie began creating unique interlocking percussive dance arrangements with layered vocal harmonies and large group choreography in what has become a powerful moving choir. The works harmonize Appalachian songs layered with African-diaspora rhythmic systems, elucidating elements of this tradition’s genesis. The large ensemble works are evocative and moving works of music/dance. 

Austin Willacy
A veteran of The House Jacks, with whom Austin Willacy produced 10 full-length albums and multiple world tours, for 19 years, Austin has mentored and directed ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group. An award-winning singer/­songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name, Austin’s music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. He has been featured on “The Sing Off”, MTV, an Australian ad campaign, three feature film soundtracks; appeared in Rolling Stone; and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and newer artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee. 

Cascada de Flores
For 18 years, Jorge Liceaga and Arwen Lawrence, the co-founders of Bay Area music ensemble Cascada de Flores, have celebrated and reinvented musical traditions from Mexico and Latin America. The duet brings together bolero to bambucos, rancheras to trova, with a dizzying number of traditional instruments, such as tres cubano, guitarra de son and jarana of Veracruz, vihuela, donkey's jaw bone and percussive dance. Cascada de Flores has recorded 5 albums, created theatrical concerts such as Radio Flor and The Tree & the Donkey, collaborated in projects with local masters of Latin cultures, and scored music for film, shadow-theater and modern dance. 

Oakland Youth Chorus 
OYC unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance. Empowering children and youth by creating safe, joyful opportunities to express themselves and connect through multicultural choral music, Oakland Youth Chorus changes the lives that will transform our communities and our world, instilling the skills and values that prepare and empower youth to lead social change in our community. 

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Earlier Event: October 21
Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood
Later Event: October 22
Mary Scholz