Tom Morello and KB Solomon, two of the most baritone brothers you’ll ever hear sing, will be taking the stage for an upcoming event in Venice organized by the Industrial Workers of the World. Morello, as the Nightwatchman, has revived classic songs such as Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is My Land,” while putting the power of labor back in musical rabble rousing. Solomon, a classically trained Basso Profundo singer, ressurects the songs of the great Paul Robeson in his “Speak of Me As I Am,” one-man play based on the historical figure. With the I.W.W. in mind, Solomon is sure to perform “Joe Hill.” With such a musical pairing of social justice seekers in a time when the contradictions of capitalism are so painfully acute, who in the world would want to miss this event?
To learn more, check out the press release put out by the Wobblies!
“Historically progressive labor union, the Industrial Workers of the World will be hosting a Community/Labor Educational Forum. The theme is “Organizing the Unorganized” and will feature musical performances by Tom Morello of The Nightwatchman and KB Solomon, “who recently appeared in a one man show about Paul Robeson,” as well as a panel discussion with members from the USW Carwash campaign, the Pilipino Workers’ Centers, and more. The event will be held on Sunday, February 22 at 7:30pm at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd., Venice CA 90291. Admission is free. Child care available. For more information, call 310-205-2667.”
As the opening words to the Preamble to the IWW Constitution state: “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.” And always remember: Right was the tyrant king who said: “Beware of a movement that sings!”