A Concert to Benefit Make The Road NY
This Fourth of July, We Resist! and LPR proudly present: THE REAL FIREWORKS, with performances by M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and a new project Songs of Resistance by Marc Ribot and many special guests TBA.
This outdoor concert brings together artists who will rise together to make their own Declaration of Independence from the current White House administration’s racism, sexism, homophobia, and destruction of the environment, joining forces to celebrate diversity through music and protest.
We also invite you to participate in “MY WALL: A Collaborative Art Installation.”
We hope you will share your immigration stories by contributing personal experiences through writing and drawing, using an interactive voting booth installed in our lobby. These contributions will be included in the upcoming exhibition. “MY WALL,” an art installation coming to Knockdown Center in October 2017, produced by immigrant children and families in collaboration with Coalition for Hispanic Family Services’ Arts and Literacy Program and AED/artist Laura Paris and team.
Celebrate your Fourth of July with this benefit concert, food and drink, and the chance to share your story!
$15 advance / $18 DOS / $5 children under 15 (pay at the door)
Under 21 welcome with parent or guardian
About Make the Road
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.
Our model integrates multi-issue, multi-generational organizing – on workers’ rights, tenant rights, LGBTQ justice, youth power and policing, public schools and education justice, immigration justice, and climate – with an array of wraparound services that create a space of safety and support for entire families. Our storefront community centers are decorated with murals and made visible with colorful awnings; families pour in to sign up for English-as-a-second-language classes, and stay to enroll their kids in our after-school Youth Power program. They come seeking help fighting an illegal eviction, and stay to fight for better laws protecting tenants.
ABOUT M.A.K.U. SOUNDSYSTEM:
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, a powerhouse 8-piece band, are innovators of immigrant beat. Born out of the diverse borough of Queens, NY and and incubated in the tiny Colombian owned venue Terraza Cafe, M.A.K.U was able to build their explosive sound and unshakable grooves. Afropop Worldwide praised the “frantic terrain” the band explores. NPR raved about the “driving and gritty energy…this raw-edged, punk-tinged band explodes with the propulsive force of traditional rhythms and urban restlessness.” M.A.K.U put out The Mix (Peace & Rhythm, 2017) their 5th album in January and have already begun writing new and original music for their 6th album.
M.A.K.U’s music derives from their immigrant experience, which is an opportunity to create, to find a voice that speaks loud and proud, to connect past and future. A chance to make history. The party continues…
ABOUT ANI CORDERO
Ani Cordero is a passionate Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and activist, living in NYC. In 2014, Ani released an album entitled Recordar (Remember), which re-imagined songs by influential Latin American songwriters of the turbulent “Nueva Cancion” era, including Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Chavela Vargas, and Atahualpa Yupanqui. The critically-
acclaimed album received accolades from NPR’s All Things Considered, Alt-Latino, and Soundcheck, as well as, Billboard, USA Today, PRI’s The World, Brooklyn Vegan, BUST, Remezcla, and more.
ABOUT MARC RIBOT — Songs of Resistance Project:
In search of a way respond to the racist, sexist, Islamophobic, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic attitudes and actions of Donald Trump and his administration and followers, Marc draws on the deep currents in the history of resistance music for inspiration. Featuring a collection of Civil Rights, WWII European partisan resistance songs, plus a few original tunes, Marc will be joined in this special 4th of July presentation by vocalist Fay Victor and guest musicians to create something that encourages people to engage in resistance NOW.
ABOUT WE RESIST!:
With the social momentum and widespread unrest in our country right now, it is undeniable there is a movement of musicians explicitly responding to injustice through music and art. We Resist! is pleased to spotlight and support meaningful music and inspire a progressive strong inclusive community.
ABOUT LPR PRESENTS AND (LE) POISSON ROUGE:
(Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue’s mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences. LPR is a source you can trust for exposure to visionary work, people of character, and a consistently dynamic environment, at its home of 158 Bleecker Street and beyond.