‘Rise and Resist’ Benefit Concert July 1 Celebrates the Resistance

Three area activist groups are hosting an evening of folk, jazz and bluegrass music on July 1 to raise awareness and funds for the “community-based resistance movement.”

The ‘Rise & Resist’ benefit concert is sponsored by Rise Up Doylestown, Indivisible Lambertville/New Hope (ILNH), and Upper BuxMont Rising, which are dedicated to “addressing critical issues facing the U.S. today.”

“The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness, funding for supported organizations and activities, and celebrate the growing, community-based resistance,” explained Janice MacKenzie, concert organizer and member of Upper BuxMont Rising. “The proceeds from the benefit will help support organizations involved in immigration rights, women’s health, and voter education/mobilization efforts.”

Performing musicians include guitarists Rolly Brown, a former national fingerpicking champion, and Mark Cosgrove, a former national flatpicking champion and current member of David Bromberg’s Band; Lambertville jazz singer and pianist Carol Heffler; New Hope-area singer and songwriter Deva Troy,  Philadelphia-based jazz band The Ken Ulansey Ensemble; and Pineville singer/songwriter LisaBeth Weber.

“We want to build community among all the resisters in Bucks County with an event that is celebratory,”  said MacKenzie. “We need to have music to carry us on into the next phase, and to lift our spirits.”

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan back in the day.

Modern protest music hearkens back to the social movements of the 1960s, reflecting the themes of political activism and justice, and frequently using acoustic instruments like the guitar, banjo, and harmonica.

“Rise and Resist” takes place at the Event Center by Cornerstone (Eagle Fire Company), 46 N. Sugan Road, in New Hope, on Saturday, July 1 from 7-10 p.m. (doors at 3:30 p.m.). Tickets are $20 if purchased online in advance ($21 if using Paypal), and $25 at the door.






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