Thursday, September 22, 2016

Concert Against Gun Violence Comes to Kingston

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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As we’re reminded with heart-wrenching regularity, the scourge known as gun violence is one the greatest dangers facing our country today. Spearheaded by Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence (SHV), Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, and dozens of other organizations, Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is a nationwide effort that takes place this Sunday and features a diverse array of artists performing at venues ranging from churches and school gymnasiums to honky-tonks, hotel rooftops, theaters, and nightclubs. The latter includes BSP in Kingston, which for the occasion will join forces with Family of Woodstock to present Marshall Crenshaw, Kate Pierson, Mike & Ruthy, Connor Kennedy and Minstrel, and other artists.

For the concurrent concerts, performers will play to give voice to the more than five million Americans who have been murdered by a firearm since the University of Texas mass shooting in 1966. The idea for the BSP concert began when musician, Chronogram contributor, and co-producer of the event Robert Burke Warren, AKA Uncle Rock, received a call from his friend, multi-Grammy-winning activist Rosanne Cash, who is helming the New York edition of the concert at the Beacon Theater. “She asked if I would put together a Hudson Valley version,” he says. “So I joined forces with Family of Woodstock and reached out to these amazing musicians. They’re all passionate about the issue. Connor and Minstrel have played with everyone, including Kate and Marshall. And Mike & Ruthy opened for and backed up Kate on her 2015 tour. So expect some impromptu supergroups. It’ll be a rockin’ love fest.”

Watch this promotional video for the countrywide event:



The Hudson Valley segment of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will take place in BSP’s Backroom Theater in Kingston, New York, on Sunday, September 25 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to Family of Woodstock’s 24-hour crisis hotline, services for youth and adolescents, and efforts to prevent domestic violence. For more information, call (845) 481-5158 or visit http://bspkingston.com/.

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