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.
the website for the Songs of Freedom television show, and a connection
for activists and artists sharing their vision
and the dignity of human struggle
We Had A HOOT !
on Sunday, March 26 at Exrpesso Cafe in Kew Gardens.
This is the first one we had since May of last year 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 "Songs of Freedom presents" free to the
public event. It turned out to be a well attended and fun
afternoon 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 the event a special one.
Here are a couple of videos from the afternoon (click on the pics
below). I hope you enjoy them and get to join us at the next HOOT
in Kew Gardens, April 30 from 1pm to 4pm. Stay tuned!
The Expresso Cafe is a friendly neighborhood bistro offering tasty
dishes and delicious desserts located next to the Kew Gardens Long
Island Railroad parking lot.
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.
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.
Alternate Saturdays, 10:30pm, New York Time
Community Channel One Watch Online!
It is almost time again for the
New England Folk Festival !
Friday, April 21 - Sunday,
April 23 in Mansfield, Massachusetts
I am proud to say that this
year I am leading two (NEFFA) hour long sessions on the Sunday of
the festival, April 23.
The first one is all about
FUNNY SONGS ! (1pm) This is always a FUN session where me and a
merry crew of talented artists sing songs that make people laugh.
I will also once again perform an hour of Phil Ochs songs (3pm).
This session has always been one dear to my heart. The best part
is the audience that comes to remember Phil, sharing stories about
what he meant to them. We are all getting older, and those who
remember a young Phil Ochs are getting older too. Our time
together has become a special and a safe place to be. There are
also people who have come to know Phil more recently. Providing a
space where we all can sit and sing together is something I am
privileged to do.
Here is a link to the NEFFA
website. You can find full schedules of the singing and
dancing sessions that take place all weekend. You can also find
maps and directions. NEFFA is a special place, run
completely by volunteers, and it has been going on for more than
60 years! Truly impressive! It is an honor to be
involved working with the NEFFA family.
What a beautiful evening
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 has recently reopened as
The Expresso Cafe.
See above for details about the March 26 hoot at the new/old space!
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."