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The Dissident Art Festival promises anarchy and music

By Ned Hepburn

On Saturday, August 16 the ninth annual Dissident Arts Festival will continue its celebration of jazz, poetry, performance art and film. Unlike past years, the festival will be held at El Taller Latino Americano in celebration of the renowned cultural space’s 35th anniversary. The festival lives up to it's name: the Dissident Festival focuses on being somewhat rebellious and left-winged. 

Since its inception in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival has served as a showcase and commemoration of the rich heritage of protest performance and art—the only festival of its kind. Past performers have included jazz icon Karl Berger, Beat poet Steve Dalachinsky and the late, great Pete Seeger, who will be honored at the festival. 

The festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and admission is $15. 

Here's the lineup: 

6:00-6:30 Truth To Power! (Juan Quinonez-guitar, Michael Bisio-bass, Michael Wemberly-drumset)
6:30-6:40 Sana Shabazz (Sana Shabazz-poetry, Laurie Towers- electric bass)
6:45 – 7:15 Bernardo Palombo (Bernard Palombo-vocals/guitar, others TBA)
7:20-7:50 The Red Microphone (John Pietaro-vibraphone/percussion, Ras Moshe- reeds/flute, Rocco John Iacovone-reeds, Philip Sirois-bass)
7:50-8:00 Chris Butters (poetry)
8:00-8:30 Upsurge! (Raymond Nat Turner-poetry, Ras Moshe-reeds/flute, Ken Filiano-bass)
8:35-9:05 Sadhana (Will Connell-reeds/flute, Vincent Chancey-French horn, Max Johnson-bass, Jeremy Carlstedt-drumset)
9:05-9:20 Crystal Shipp (performance art)
9:20-9:50 Andrea Wolper Project (Andrea Wolper-vocals, Ken Filiano-bass)
9:50-10:20 Harmolodic Monk (Matt Lavelle-trumpet/alto clarinet, John Pietaro-vibraphone/percussion)
10:25-11:30 The Dissident Arts Orchestra/“Battleship Potemkin” (John Pietaro-vibraphone/percussion/conduction, Nora McCarthy-vocals, Cheryl Pyle-flute, Rocco John Iacovone-reeds, Ras Moshe-reeds/flute, Matt Lavelle-trumpet, Gil Selinger-cello, Ken Filiano-upright bass, Laurie Towers-electric bass


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