Call in your reservations for our May 4 show with Joyce Katzberg to 401-725-9272.
On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of Pete Seeger's birth, BRT presents Rhode Island's own topical songstress and cultural organizer, Joyce Katzberg in a celebration of the songs and social activism that made Seeger a permanent fixture in the history of folk music. As might be expected, there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation. In the first set, performing 3 songs each, will be Partington & Sweeney, Jimmy Warren, and Bob Drouin. Joyce will then do a solo second set. Seeger and Katzberg first met in person in 1989 and went on to perform together several times in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. Katzberg is a co-founder of the former R.I. Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival and Stone Soup Coffeehouse and credits Seeger as being the inspiration behind both. Mary Lee Partington has praised Joyce as "the First Lady of Rhode Island Folk" and goes on to describe her as having "a voice filled with her passion for social justice and her passion for life. With a vocal range as wide as it is deep, her singing style has a sultry substance – at times silky, at times smoky, always strong and vibrant. In a well-traveled career, she has sung beside Pete Seeger and an American grand choir of leading artists who have devoted their work to the cause of social justice, human rights, and our responsibility to care for one and all. If her voice has heart, it is because she has been at the heart of folk music in America while placing the truths she holds dear, in the spotlight." After more than a half a century on the professional stage, Katzberg plans to retire from performing in November, 2019. Partial concert proceeds will benefit Seeger's environmental organization, The Clearwater Fund. Please Note: Audience members are requested to be as fragrance-free as possible.
*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge