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assistant - Tue, Jun 14, 2011, 3:54 P
National Acts Top Free Festival July 10 Amherst MA: Promoting Common Good Economy
AMHERST, MA: Award-winning activist songwriters Emma’s Revolution and Appleseed recording artists Kim and Reggie Harris headline a star-studded lineup performing on the Amherst Common next month, 11am to 7pm, Sunday, July 10 at the first-ever Common Good Festival. There is no charge for admission.

Emma's Revolution's best known work, "Peace, Salaam, Shalom", is sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war movement." As Pete Seeger said of their latest CD: "This record is part of the worldwide revolution which will save this planet..."

Kim and Reggie Harris have brought their warm and exciting performances of music rooted in the African-American experience from the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights movement to such venues as Washington DC's Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, and even a festival in Austria.

Other performers also include Grammy-winning Native American flute player Joseph FireCrow, local reggae band Rebel Alliance, and award-winning activist songwriter Tom Neilson.

In addition, the festival will feature local sustainability and social justice activist groups and businesses, craft vendors, cooperative games, children's activities, a magician and more. Magician Jeff Pyzocha is sure to astound and amaze audiences of all ages.

The event will raise awareness of Common Good Finance, a nonprofit organization working to bring real democracy to communities in Western Massachusetts and throughout the country. The organization employs four full-time staff and calls itself "a revolution with a bank", because its proposal centers on member ownership of Common Good Bank, a planned alternative to the badly managed megabanks that came close to destroying the US economy in 2008.

Unlike other banks, Common Good Bank will offer community members full local control and a true voice in their financial future: every member will have an equal vote in setting policy, from creating lending guidelines to determining distribution of profits. Founded by William Spademan of Ashfield, Common Good Finance has launched a grassroots membership campaign to finance the bank, which will provide a full range of conventional FDIC-insured banking services to area residents and business owners.

"Money decides what happens in the world. If we want to save our communities and our planet, we have to control the money. We need to stop waiting for someone else to fix the economy -- and take responsibility for it ourselves," said Spademan, who has spent nine years developing the project. "At the festival, we will give people a glimpse of the Common Good Economy -- and offer the community some great music and a whole lot of fun at the same time."

The festival website is The website for Common Good Finance is For more information, please call (413) 628-3336 (9 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time), or e-mail

Journalists: William Spademan, President of Common Good Finance, is available for interviews.

Event Summary:
Common Good Festival and Sustainable Economy Fair
Sunday, July 10, 2011
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amherst Town Common, Amherst, MA
Rain or Shine
Entertainment: music, food, games, children’s activities, magic
Music Performers: Emma's Revolution, Kim and Reggie Harris, Joseph FireCrow, Tom Neilson, Rebel Alliance, others TBA
Contact: (413) 628-3336,

Award-winning duo Emma’s Revolution and Underground Railroad performers Kim and Reggie Harris headline a fun-filled festival to promote a Common Good Economy, a proposed democratic, community-centered economic system, July 10, Amherst, MA.

Emma’s Revolution hi-res color:
Kim & Reggie three hi-res B&W choices at:
Kim & Reggie color: (photo credit: Robert Corwin, NERFA 2007)
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Patrick - Mon, Mar 9, 2009, 3:14 P
Daily tour recap: Neko Case, Lady Sovereign and more
Daily tour recap: Neko Case, Lady Sovereign and more

Latest News Headlines

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Fri, Mar 6th 2009 5:58 pm EST
By Allison Reitz, (c)

Today's recap includes special event announcements, tour updates and more, as compiled by TicketNews on March 6, 2009.

Dave Matthews Band has announced plans for a two-show run at Boston's legendary Fenway Park on May 29-30. ... Best known for their roles in the fictional band Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will tour the nation this spring for the Unwigged & Unplugged Tour, performing acoustic renditions of their film songs. ... Nickelback has unleashed the next stage of its 2009 North American tour plans: 30 amphitheatre concerts across the U.S. this summer.

In other concert news, fans of Elton John & Billy Joel ran into some problems trying to purchase tickets for the pair's concert at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. ... The All-American Rejects will start a new leg of tour dates early next month to support their latest release, "When the World Comes Down." ... San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will return for a second year this summer, under a new five-year contract with the city.

Those are the complete stories for this Friday. But before you call it a week, be sure to check out some final concert and tour updates in brief:

Neko Case will follow her current East Coast and Midwest tour dates with a new 10-city run of the West Coast this spring. The first leg of the tour launched March 31 at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre in Austin, TX, and wraps April 26 at The State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. The new outing picks up May 28 at Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, and closes out June 14 appearance at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN. Highlights of the outing are a May 30 show at Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, a June 3 gig at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC, and a June 5 performance at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR.

Lady Sovereign will tour the U.S. and Canada this May with a month-long, 20-city trek that spans from coast to coast. The jaunt opens on May 1 at Lee's Place in Toronto, ON, and concludes May 28 at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA. Featured stops in the U.S. are May 4 at HighLine Ballroom in New York, NY; May 9 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC; May 14 at Metro / Smart Bar in Chicago, IL; May 21 at Crocodile Café in Seattle, WA; and May 26 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Canadian gigs are booked for May 2 at Club Soda in Montreal, QC, and May 22 at Richard's on Richards Cabaret in Vancouver, BC.

Kelly Clarkson has a handful of new solo concerts and fair appearances lined up for 2009. New solo gigs are inked for March 28 at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL; June 11 at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT; and July 26 at Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa Amphitheatre in Kelseyville, CA. New event appearances fall on July 29 at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, OH; September 11 at the York Fair in York, PA; and September 12 at Allegan County Fair in Allegan, MI.

Taproot will hit the tour trail in about two weeks for a 24-city trek across the U.S. The venture starts March 19 at Peabody's Downunder in Cleveland, OH, and ends May 2 at Small Planet in East Lansing, MI. Additional shows are set for March 27 at Fuzion in Wichita, KS; April 3 at Club Rio in San Antonio, TX; Aprl 10 at Chics in El Paso, TX; April 16 at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV; and April 22 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA, among other dates.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have a block of East Coast shows scheduled for early summer. The punk rockers have one show coming up on April 11 at Rice University in Houston, TX, and then will be back on the road for a stretch of nine shows beginning June 8 at Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. Other shows are set for June 11 at 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA; June 14 at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN; and June 16 at Diesel Club Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA. The last date of the tour is currently penciled in for June 19 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT.
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