WICHITA - Award-winning folk musician Tom Neilson—dubbed “the coming together of Phil Ochs and Tom Lehrer” and the “Bard Insurgent” for his sophisticated, astute musical and political wit—presents a special, family-friendly concert at First Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 7pm.
Light snack items and beverages will be available for purchase. Suggested ticket price is $10–20 and may be purchased in advance in person or by phone; tickets will also be sold at the door, but early reservations are encouraged. A portion of proceeds will go to support First UU. Call 316-684-3481, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit firstuu.net.
Activist, historian, and educator, Neilson has performed songs of humor, compassion, and political affairs in 21 countries on five continents. He has appeared with Cynthia McKinney, Amy Goodman, Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Cesar Chavez, and others and played at the MLK Center in Havana, Cuba. A classical vocalist in his youth, he has also performed at the Washington Cathedral, New York City’s Town Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Beginning with a move to South America in 1970, Neilson spent a dozen years in countries outside the U.S., primarily Africa and South America. His doctoral dissertation, rooted in his work with the United Nations in Somalia, is on U.S. political/economic hegemony. He teaches college-level courses “Music as Social History” and “Voices in Labor History” and offers Music in the Classroom courses for all ages.
Praised by Tom Paxton for producing “very good music—and very good politics,” Neilson also organizes community activism against water privatization, mountain-top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, fracking, and toxic waste. He plays at festivals, universities, conferences, cafes, and political and social gatherings. He has performed for countless benefits and causes, and his music has been used in documentaries.
For more information about Neilson, visit tomneilsonmusic.com. l