News and upcoming events
Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, May 2009 performances
Mother Of Exiles
Tuesday April 21, 7:00pm at Judson Memorial church
The next performance of Bev Grant and the Dissident Daughters will be as part of a multi-media program being presented, by the Brooklyn Women's Chorus as part of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs "Immigrant Heritage Week". The show is called "Mother of Exiles" and will be done in partnership with Grassroots Leadership, a non-profit organization working to abolish immigrant family detention centers. Special guest artist: Si Kahn!
About Grassroots Leadership's Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention
The T. Don Hutto family detention center in Taylor, Texas, incarcerates children as young as infants.
Mothers and fathers are imprisoned with their children.
Many families at Hutto came to the United States fleeing persecution. Asylum-seekers fleeing civil conflict in Eastern Africa, Iraqi Christians fleeing religious persecution, and Central Americans seeking refuge from drug, gang and domestic violence.
And it’s all for-profit! Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) makes money on every parent and child locked up in Hutto.
More "family prisons" are planned. The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced plans to build three new family detention centers, making permanent the system of family detention made infamous at Hutto.
Please join Grassroots Leadership's Campaign to End Immigrant Family Detention. Sign up at GrassrootsLeadership.org
Sunday, February 15th - Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, Garden City, NY - Benefit concert for Interfaith Nutrition Network. 4 pm
Bev Grant live in Berkeley, CA - 1/25/09
Sunday, January 25 2009 at 7:30pm at La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Tickets are $10-$15, sliding scale.
CD RELEASE PARTY: Take a Walk in My Shoes
Monday, November 17, 5:30pm-7:00pm at the William Bennett Gallery, 65 Green Street, New York, NY, 212 696 1481 - Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door with a cd included in the admission price.
A new cd (a single) is being released by Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW), an organization of survivors of domestic violence who advocate for system change. I was asked by VOW to write a song for their organization and this is the result. The song was written over a period of two months in consultation with VOW women and uses lines drawn from poetry created by the women of VOW as well as my own additions and music composition. The recording was co-produced by David Roach and myself and I also provide background vocals with Angela Lockhart from the Dissident Daughters. Two members of VOW (Maria Santiago and Tanya McLeod) are singing lead. The money for purchase of the cd will go directly to VOW.
Bev Grant and the Dissident Daughters:
Dec. 5 at the Good Coffee House Music Parlor:
See the calendar for details.
The 36th Anniversary Reunion Concert of the Human Condition on Oct. 18th was a BLAST!
Sold out, standing room only, and totally awesome and spirited music. Thanks to all who participated. Here's a couple of photos. More will be available in the Human Condition photo album on the photos page.
The original band: Gene Hicks, Charles Mena, Bev, Mario Giacalone and Jerry Mitnick
The '80s band: Frank Negron, Charles Mena, Bev, Jerry Mitnick and Chris Carter
Bev's new song "In America" is out!
Bev's new song "In America" is now out on the Labor Notes website. You can listen to it and read lyrics here.
36th Anniversary Concert of the HUMAN CONDITION – October 18, 2008
At People's Voice Cafe at 40 East 35th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, 8 pm
The Human Condition was founded in 1972 by Bev Grant and Jerry Mitnick. Joined by Mario Giacalone, Gene Hicks and Peter Farnese, the band played folk rock music with a strong political message, anti-war, feminist, anti-racist, with a class consciousness reflecting the roots of its members. In 1975 they recorded an album called "The Working People Gonna Rise" for Paredon Records. In the early 80's, the band morphed into a world beat band with the addition of Chipo Wakatama and Frank Negron and grew into a 10 piece band, including such notable musicians as Ubaka Hill, Hillary Kay and Chris Carter. They recorded their second album called "Kulonyaka", with songs in Zulu, Spanish, Creole and English, and gained a reputation as bridge builders between the disparate communities in New York city.
The band finally broke up in the early 1990s although many of its members continued their musical careers. On October 18th the Human Condition will celebrate their 36th anniversary at People's Voice Café with a performance by the original members and special guests, covering their 20 year history of playing together.
Choral Singing Week: August 24-29 2008
Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters: August 15 2008