Celebrating Ronnie Gilbert: 1926-2015 (7PM)

Overflow viewing available

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7:00 pm
(doors open at 6:00 pm)

celebration of Ronnie’s activism, music, life

Free with reservation (limited to 2 per person)

Purchase tickets online
January 21 7:00 pm

Click here to stream the live webcast once the concert starts at 7pm.

The Berkeley Repertory Theator has graciously offered their beautiful Roda Theater for overflow viewing of Celebrating Ronnie Gilbert. Reservations become available on Thursday, January 14th at 12:30 pm. Click here for those reservations.


For those unable to join us in person:

KPFA will broadcast the concert live at 94.1FM and stream the audio at kpfa.org. The program will be archived and available online for two weeks after the live broadcast.

The East Bay Media Center is helping us to webcast the concert live. Check back here on the afternoon of the show for the link to view the webcast.


If you have made a reservation and are not able to join us, please contact the Freight box office at reservations@freightandsalvage.org or (510) 644-2020 ext. 120.


The late, great Ronnie Gilbert had a long and colorful career as a singer, activist, actor, playwright, therapist, and independent woman. Her lifelong work for political and social change was central to her role as a performer. Raised in Depression-era New York City by leftist, working-class, secular Jewish parents, she is best known as a member of the Weavers, the quartet of the 1950s and 60s that survived the blacklist and helped popularize folk music in America. Her joyous contralto and vibrant stage presence enriched the celebrated group and propelled her into a second singing career with Holly Near in the 1980s and '90s. As an actor, she explored developmental theater with Joseph Chaikin and Peter Brook and wrote and performed in ensemble and solo productions across the United States and Canada. Her lifelong pursuit of social justice never wavered.


Please join us for a celebration of her music and her life with performances from Bill Bowers, Barbara Dane, Melanie DeMore, Robin Flower, Barbara Higbie, Linda Hirschhorn, Redwing Keyssar, Libby McLaren, Holly Near, Timothy Near, Rhiannon, Judy Small, Linda Tillery, and Adrienne Torf. 


Ronnie's friends and musical colleagues will perform from and remember a long musical and theatrical career, as well as read excerpts from her memoir, completed shortly before she died in June. The book, Ronnie Gilbert, A Radical Life In Song, will be available for purchase.



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