Concert Across America to End Gun Violence
Wiscon, Radio Raheem and Courtney Weaver & Josh Rawlings
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 6pm
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence
starring WISCON, RADIO RAHEEM, and COURTNEY WEAVER & JOSH RAWLINGS
6pm doors / 7pm show
$12 adv - $15 door / 21+
#ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence
Wiscon is the best band for the beach at an end of the world party. Their bomp sounds like a siren from 60s AM radio fronting a rawking house band revving up the score for a screening of the best sci-fi/horror B Movies. Mash up the Mysterians, The Screamers, and The Ronnettes and you got this street level power pop soul fire!
“Keyboard led coolness is ALL late-'70s new wave sans checkerboard blouses! They’re a contemporary take on driving new wave without being nostalgic and are fronted by perhaps the hardest-working vocalist in town!”
– Mike Nipper, The Stranger
“Terrific band … (lead singer Taryn) is like a member of the Ronettes being backed by Devo.”
–Tony Kay, The SunBreak
“Charm and a voice that is gutsy, yet silky.”
–East Portland Blog
Seattle's Radio Raheem formed in 2011 out of the ashes of several local bands, and not by chance. Founding members, bass player/producer Paul Chistofferson, and guitar player Bryan Cohen, were set on having some fun. They began writing '80s influenced upbeat rock, new wave and dance songs. Soon after saxophonist/keyboard player Trevor Rasmussen, knock out vocalist Josie (Josephine Howell) and former Mayfield Four drummer Zia Uddin joined the band. In 2012 the band put out their first record, Down For The Get Down, produced by Jonathan Plum at London Bridge Studios. The lead single, "Push the Party" featuring Shock G of Digital Underground charted and peaked at #12 on college and indie radio stations across the country. In 2013 the band collaborated with producer Martin Feveyear and put out the 7-track EP titled Raheem Rising featuring "Calling The World," Radio Raheem's signature song. Over the next two and a half years the band hit the live circuit, playing local venues such as the Tractor, Crocodile, Sunset, High Dive and Barboza room. They have garnered spots on festivals like Folk Life (multiple years), Oktoberfest, Macefield Festival, Beneath the Block festival, the 2013 Rock and Roll Marathon and opening for national touring act like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Battle Tapes. In 2015 Radio Raheem teamed again with producer Martin Feveyear to create new music. The band pushed itself to strip down their sound and focus on Josie's killer vocals, catchy choruses and songs that get people on the dance floor. The resulting record, Time Code Exile, is Radio Raheem's most focused set of songs. Augmented by the horn section of Trevor Rasmussen and Seattle horn legend Skerik, tracks like "2 Live for the City" and the ska flavored "Come On Come On" highlight Josie's soulful vocals and the band's love of a catchy hook. Other notable songs are the Yaz-influenced "Heartbreak in Space" and "Dear Charles", a track about Josie's eldest son serving life in federal prison. To bring the new songs to the stage, Josie's daughter, Chyee Howell, joined Radio Raheem as a vocalist. Her harmonies and powerful singing have taken the band's live sound sound to a new level. As always, Radio Raheems shows are high energy, with lots of chanting and dancing. People always walk away sweaty, tired and happy. Come see the band and get on the dance floor!
COURTNEY WEAVER & JOSH RAWLINGS
At the age of 22, in the year of 2009 Courtney Weaver had over 95 musical performances and sang at five festivals in Northern California establishing herself as the resident blues belter. Just as her career was beginning to take off she was derailed when she was shot in the face and arm by her abusive boyfriend on January 15th 2010 in Arcata, CA. After moving back to her hometown of Seattle in January 2011 and 13 reconstructive surgeries later she is finally healed. Courtney has spent the last 18 months building her chops and performing in Seattle’s illustrious music scene, recording her debut EP Paper Tiger with Grammy-nominated pianist Josh Rawlings writing songs about gun violence and domestic violence, and founding her Survivor Voices Collective.
Courtney Weaver’s Survivor Voices Collective features artists and musicians who have used music to heal and transform themselves after domestic violence and gun violence. Sharing their music, story, and voice as a way to unite and be empowered in their truth in their own voice to fuel their passions, art, and intimacy.
Josh is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, vocalist and serious player of the vintage Fender Rhodes in Seattle, WA. He has been performing very passionate, Jazz-rooted, original music in several Seattle based groups for the past 10 years, touring nationally with the Jason Parker Quartet and The Teaching and shared the stage with the Al Green. Her is an Earshot Golden Ear Award recipient and has performed at the internationally recognized Earshot Jazz Festival. He honed his writing and performing skills on the piano at Cornish College of the Arts from 2001 to 2005 and now makes a full-time living performing publicly & privately, teaching piano, booking music, touring, composing, designing for web & poster art (One Busy Dude), promoting shows, and the list goes on. He currently divides his time between running his company J&J Music with his business partner and fellow jazz man, trumpeter Jason Parker, and performing regularly with the Josh Rawlings Trio, Soul Kata, Industrial Revelation, The Teaching, the Water Babies & the Jason Parker Quartet.
THE CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA
The Concert Across America is a series of live events from coast to coast on September 25, the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for murder victims. This nationwide event will bring together a network of organizations, activists and artists with the dual goals of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and making the issue of illegal guns top of mind for members of Congress, the presidential candidates, and the American people as they go to the polls in November 2016. Boston was the first city to announce, spearheaded by Stop Handgun Violence. For more information visit www.RememberSept25.org
WHY MOBILIZE WITH MUSIC?
The power of music to reach far and wide has fueled countless important movements in recent decades. Now is the time to turn up the music to turn down the hateful rhetoric that has become a hallmark of the gun debate.
WHY ON SEPTEMBER 25th?
In 2007, Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. And while two out of every three victims are killed with a firearm, the day of “remembrance” is the only thing Congress has done to acknowledge this loss.