Just a quick post to let everyone know that Beyond the Spill at the Alberta Rose Theatre was a great success on Wednesday night! The music program led by Reggie Houston was fantastic and John Waller’s film was quite moving and thought provoking. Now the question is (on many levels) where do we go from here?
This event is a great example of what Gulfsongs would like to create in the future – opportunities that focus on arts, education, and activism in support of finding solutions to the environmental, social, and economic issues in the Gulf that affect us all.
We would like to thank our co-presenter – PDX 2 Gulf Coast, filmmaker John Waller, musicians Reggie Houston, Steve Kerin, Janice Scroggins, DK Stewart, Andrew Oliver and Laura Ivancie, all of our sponsors and partners, and everyone who came out to the Alberta Rose on Wednesday evening!
Here’s a couple of shots from the event ….
Laura Ivancie & Reggie Houston
PDX 2 Gulf Coast's Mike Rosen
Filmmaker John Waller
Jane-Clair Kerin, Jim Friscia, Reggie Houston, Andrew Oliver, Steve Kerin, Tim Deal, Janice Scroggins, & DK Stewart
Tickets for Beyond the Spill are moving and we want to let you know we have a special price for high school students and younger. If accompanied by an adult, the student price at the door is just $5. This will be a great evening of entertaining education – about the oil spill and its effects, about our energy future and need to move away from our dependence on fossil fuels, …. and about the rich history and significance of the music born of New Orleans. The evening is about the deep connection of environment, people, and culture that make the region critically important in more ways than we can imagine.
It’s a very special program you don’t want to miss to mark one year since the well blowout that began the disastrous spill in the Gulf. This event will also raise funds for environmental education, wetlands restoration, and to help communities in south Louisiana still economically hurting from the spill.
In commemoration of the anniversary of the biggest single environmental disaster in US history, the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfsongs Oregon and PDX 2 Gulf Coast present a concert and the premiere of the short documentary film, Beyond the Spillat the Alberta Rose Theatre on Wednesday, April 20th.There will also be an update on the current state of economic recovery, coastal wetlands clean-up and restoration efforts, and what we in the Northwest can do to help.
Beyond the Spill presents a devastated environment and economy and the personal choices that drove us head-on into this catastrophe. What can we as individuals learn from the largest and most preventable oil spill in US history? By accepting responsibility, by seeking ways to more quickly transition to clean energy, can we move beyond the spill?
In addition to the film, New Orleans native and Portland musical treasure, Reggie Houston, will lead four of Portland’s most notable piano players on a journey through Gulf Coast music that traces the evolution of New Orleans and Louisiana piano styles. Janice Scroggins, DK Stewart, Andrew Oliver, and Steve Kerin will tickle our ears, move our feet, and show us why so many of our musical roads lead back to this culturally essential and environmentally vital region of the country.
Proceeds from this show will go to benefit PDX 2 Gulf Coast’s education outreach in the Northwest and around the country, and to support wetlands restoration and economic recovery in south Louisiana.
Join us for an evening to inspire us on our journeybeyond the spill.
Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased online or at the box office of the Alberta Rose Theatre.
Here’s a link to a KBOO produced, and Pacifica Radio distributed, 30-minute show about the PDX 2 Gulf Coast team that went to the Gulf Coast last summer to bear witness to the effects of the oil spill. Good summary of why they went, what they learned, and what they will do.
And stay tuned for an announcement soon of a joint Gulfsongs/PDX 2 Gulf Coast event on April 20th, the one-year anniversary of the disaster.