I had the pleasure of singing
at the Society of Ethical Culture
in NYC in order to raise
money with Democracy Spring to hire busses that
took nonviolent demonstrators to
Washington DC in April of that year.
The intention of the protest
was to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice. We raised $200 at the event. You can find out more about Democracy Spring and how you can still get involved at the link below.
Family, friends, and artists gathered on June 16 in NYC
to remember and celebrate the life of Jessica Feinbloom. It
was a memorable evening with lots of music and sweet
Thanks to Steve and Marilyn Suffet for engineering this
event. Thanks also to others who participated.
Musical artists included Jane Babits, Toby Fagenson, Alison Kelly,
Joel Landy, Anne Price, Steve Suffet,
Gina Tlamsa, and Frank Woerner.
Three full Songs of Freedom TV episodes were composed from
the event. (28 minutes, 30 seconds)
Actually, we had two. They were the first
since May 2016 in this space when it was known as Odradeks Coffee
House[see videos below].
The new owner, Garrick Aminov, bought the bistro last summer and
agreed to host the March and April "Songs of Freedom presents"
free to the public events. They turned out to be well attended and
fun afternoons of music performed by talented neighbors and
friends. A real community feeling - exactly what I had hoped for.
Thank you to everyone who came to make it so special.
Here are a couple of videos (click on the pics below).
Did you know . . .
Fifty years ago the Expresso Café in Kew
Gardens, Queens, was known as The Interlude Café and was home
to memorable hootenannies where the likes of Phil Ochs, Dave
Al Kooper, and Jose Feliciano honed their craft on their way
to becoming musical legends?
The New England Folk Festival in April was so much fun this year -
as it always is. I got to lead two sessions. The first was a FUNNY
SONGS SWAP where I was joined by Steve Suffet and Mike Agranoff.
The other was an hour long tribute to Phil Ochs. NEFFA
is a special place, run
completely by volunteers, and it has been going on for more than
60 years! It is an honor to be involved with them as part of
the NEFFA family. Join us next year in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Here is a link for information all
I got to
play at the
event at the Queens Museum sponsored by
United Nations Association of
the United States of America, Queens Chapter. The theme this
year was Climate Change, the most pressing issue facing our
planet right now. The event was both entertaining and
educational. There were panels and presentations and an all
together positive experience for all who participated. There
was even some group singing
instigated by an eco-friendly neighborhood folk singer.
some vids from the educational afternoon.
celebrating Steve Suffet at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in Manhattan on
February 18th. Steve does so much for so many people, including
booking acts at the PVC, it was righteous and right that he get a
night devoted to him and the celebration of his 70th birthday.
included Anne Price, Sandy Pliskin, Beth Kotkin, Gina Tlamsa, Susan
Lippman and myself. I had the honor of organizing the entertainment
and MC'ing the event. Here is the opening song, written by Steve,
and sung by the ensemble, followed by the official introduction to
my musical contribution to the evening with help from Andy Borowitz,
here is the show's finale.
to other songs and performances can be found below.
to all of the volunteers that make the PVC such a special place.
If you don't know about the Peoples' Voice Cafe, New York City's premiere
progressive performance venue,
click here for
information about it and this season's schedule of performances.
Austin Street in Forest Hills (between Continental and Ascam) hosts a jam session/singaround on Thursday nights from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Bring an instrument and songs to share, or come along to sing and enjoy. It is fun and it is free - although it is important that you purchase something to eat or drink.
In late November I assisted Donna Stein
raise money for the environmental efforts of the Clearwater
organization. I meet the most interesting people, including
performers, when I volunteer for movements I believe in.
The 2016 New York City
Friends of Clearwater Water Festival
took place on Sunday, September 11th at the Lower East Side Environmental Center on the East River in Manhattan. It was a beautiful day to be near the water. The panels of speakers organized and moderated by WBAI's Ken Gale were enlightening and educational and the music organized by Jeremy Aaron and
Joel Landy were entertaining and inspiring. Thanks to Donna Stein and the leadership of the New York City Friends of Clearwater for their continuing efforts to protect and preserve our precious waterways. And thanks to the musicians, speakers, and volunteers for making this year's festival a success.
appeared at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, NY on Wednesday night,
August 17th. Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the evening of topical music featuring one of topical music's brightest stars. The night was hosted at Aubergine Cafe by Steve Suffet and the Sunnyside Singers Club.
If you missed the event you can watch videos of the concert by clicking on the links below.
Full Songs of Freedom episodes of the evening will be streaming online and cablecast via NYC's public access tv soon. Watch this space for viewing times and channels.
Great music and great times. Here are some videos for you to enjoy.
Odradeks gave us a lot of great music. It is now
The Expresso Cafe in Kew Gardens.
The May hootenanny at Odradeks Coffee House was a terrific evening.
Thank you to all the fine performers who came to make music and have a fun time.
Jake Block, Alan Alter, David Butler, Eli, Joel Landy, Jerry Korobow, Lou Michaels,
Marie Moskowitz, Gina Moffet, and Steve Suffet.
And thanks to Jake Block and the staff at Odradeks for inviting us in. We hope you enjoyed too!
Here are links to 3 complete Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the evening: Show 1: featuring Jerry Korobow and Joel Landy Show 2: featuring Jake Block, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Eli, and Steve Suffet Show 3: featuring Marie Moskowitz, Alan Alter, David Butler, Gina Moffet,
and the ensemble finale, "This Land Is Your Land"
Ultra cool things that happened this night included players showing up and while tuning their instruments in different parts of the room they started playing together. The whole building was filled with a jam before the evening started. So, I changed the format of the show. No formal introductions. Introduce yourself and play, accompanied by whomever you choose. The other ultra cool thing that happened was I started talking to a coffeehouse customer when I arrived.
I asked him if he played an instrument. He said he played fiddle. I asked him if he lived nearby. He said yes. I told him to get his fiddle. He did and he played. He was excellent and then he sang too. Thank you, David Butler. The entire evening was magical like that.
Ray Korona was a writer, producer, promoter, musician, an articulate advocate for artists and those fighting for justice and dignity, and a good friend. Many of us still cannot believe he is gone. On Saturday night April 16 at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC friends and artists gathered to sing his songs and remember Ray. It was a heartfelt evening with inspired performances. Here is the finale to the show. Enjoy!
"Funny Song Swap" at the New England Folk Festival
Mansfield High School in Mansfield, MA And what a funny song swap it was!
Thank you to Steve Suffet, Ben Grosscup and Jackson Gilman for joining me for the great session.
It was a great evening with a wonderful audience and memorable performances. Thanks to the folks at the Jalopy for making it so special.
I want to personally thank my fellow musicians:
Steve Suffet, Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, and Mike Glick for a special and fun time.
Here are 3 videos from that show recently seen on Songs of Freedom TV.
The Phil Ochs 75th birthday concert I produced at Odradeks Coffee House in
Kew Gardens, Queens (see below) in December of 2015 was so successful I was invited to produce a monthly music event there.
Unfortunately, Odradeks closed a the end of July in 2016. My goal is still to create a music scene in Queens similar to the one I did on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village nine years ago, where souls conspired and played together. So, stay tuned folksingers, bards, and free spirits. We still have a world of music to make.
For more about the Phil Ochs 75th birthday celebration at Odradeks Coffee House, including videos of the evening's performances, click here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHIL OCHS !
It was a joyous night for both the audience and the artists who performed at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, NY on Thursday night, December 17, celebrating Phil's life and music.
Click on the photo links for more about that evening and video performances by David Massengill, Joel Landy, Steve Suffet, Anne Price, Lydia Adams Davis, Steve Vitoff, and Richard Benson.
The 3rd Annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
on April 12
at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music was an awesome show!
We will be doing it again on April 3, 2016.
I had the pleasure of participating
at the MLK open mic
at my favorite progressive coffeehouse,
the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC. I thought it would be most appropriate to sing a song written by Matt Jones.
December 12, 2014 at the
STARK REALITY OPEN MIC in Manhattan
I was featured at this showcase in NYC. The night before the House of Representatives voted for the bill that will fund and keep our government running. Republicans stuck goodies for the banking industry in there at the 11th hour written by their friends at CitiGroup. Enough Democrats voted for it to pass. There was other stuff in that bill too that the Senate passed and the President signed in the days that followed.
I am still livid. I took my energy about it and my attitude to the stage and began my set with the video to the right. -->
[click pic for You Tube link]
December 15, 2014 at the
UTES Got Talent at New Utrecht High School
song: "When I Was Young" by Matt Jones
Matt Jones devoted his life to the struggle of social justice in this country. Some time after the 1960s he articulated what we all now know - that the fight for freedom and equality has not ended at all. His song frames this stark perception vividly.
"Joel's engaging performance style has been nurtured through real experience in the TV studio and on the demonstration stage.
He draws you in with the opening song and you're with him right through the encores!"
~ Ray Korona ~
"Joel is a dynamic performer who is able to connect with kids with special needs and adults alike. We consider Joel a Dream Team sponsor for his theme song and all of his voluntary efforts."