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Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:30pm

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Thursday, December 2, 2017

The Sensational 60s Come Together for Humanity Benefit, episode one

Recorded at the greenhouse cafe in bay ridge, brooklyn, october 8, 2017 

After hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico artists teamed with Habitat for Humanity to raise funds to assist victims, provide shelter, and rebuild housing. Greenhouse Caf in Brooklyn, NY, hosted an evening dedicated to raising funds for this cause. Musicians and activists gave their talent, time, and energy to a spirited evening.

The theme of the night was the 1960s and the music of that decade, when times were a changin and communities were changing their world with art and action. The spirit of that time with all of its challenges was poignantly present once again. Special thanks go to the evening s organizers, Mike McHugh, Vanessa Lovestone, William Mayr, and Max Christopher for making it happen.

Special thanks also to the Greenhouse Caf for generously hosting the event and providing space for this important effort. Artists who performed included: Roger Blanc, Daniel P. Beck, Ron Bongo, Paul Decoster, Debra Disbrow, Bill Frei, Gina Healy, Buddy Grecco, Leigh Harrison, Malcolm Hunter, Joel Landy, Judy Livingston, Vanessa Lovestone, Mike McHugh, Tucky Parkis, Peter Pasco, Rich Rodriquez, The Serpantones, Don Turner, and Charley Young.

This is the first of four Songs of Freedom episodes from that amazing evening. It features the talent and music of Vanessa Lovestone, Joel Landy, and Paul Decoster.
 

Thursday, December 16, 2017

The Sensational 60s Come Together for Humanity Benefit, episode two

Recorded at the greenhouse cafe in bay ridge, brooklyn, october 8, 2017 

This is the second of four episodes edited from the hurricane relief concert sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Greenhouse Cafe in Brooklyn in October of this year. (see above)

It features and talent and music of Buddy Grecco, Charley Young, Don Turner, Malcolm Hunter, Roger Blance, Ron Bongo, Max Christopher, Tucky Parkis, and Leigh Harrison.


Thursday, December 30, 2017

The Sensational 60s Come Together for Humanity Benefit, episode three

Recorded at the greenhouse cafe in bay ridge, brooklyn, october 8, 2017 

This is the third of four episodes edited from the hurricane relief concert sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Greenhouse Cafe in Brooklyn in October of this year. (see above)

It features the talent and music of Venessa Lovestone, Don Turner, Ron Bongo, Malcolm Hunter, Roger Blanc, Max Christopher, Daniel P. Beck, Rich Rodriguez, and Tucky Parkis.


Thursday, January 13, 2018

The Sensational 60s Come Together for Humanity Benefit, episode four

Recorded at the greenhouse cafe in bay ridge, brooklyn, october 8, 2017 

This is the fourth of four episodes edited from the hurricane relief concert sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Greenhouse Cafe in Brooklyn in October of this year. (see above)

It features the talent and music of Mike McHugh, Vanessa Lovestone, Buddy Grecco, Gina Healy, Bill Frei, Judy Livingston, and Peter Pasco.
 

Thursday, January 27, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 1

Produced by Mike McHugh and Vanessa Lovestone in association with Lori Behrman and Bill Mayer, Wicked Willy's hosted a tribute to the life and music of the late Tom Petty. It was a terrific evening of Rock N'Roll and raised money for MusiCares, a philanthropy that meant a lot to Tom Petty.

Artists who performed included Curtis Becraft and Carla Lyn Hall, Roger Blanc, Paul DeCoster, Heather Eatman, Buddy Grecco, Joel Landy, Michael McHugh, and The Serpentones. This video was the first of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the event.

For more videos from this tribute concert, go to this website's home page

More about MusiCares: MusiCares Foundation was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993[2] by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing. You can find out more about MusiCares by visiting the following websites: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/prog... - https://www.grammy.com/musicares - https://www.facebook.com/MusiCares
 

Friday, February 10, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 2

This is the second of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the Tom Petty tribute concert recorded at Wicked Willy's in New York City in December of 2017.  (see above)

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Queens

NEW VIEWING TIMES FOR SONGS OF FREEDOM TELEVISION IN 2018

Monday 4:00 pm      Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)  Channel 56/1996      RCN 84      Fios 36

and

Sunday 6:00 pm       Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)   Channel 79/1998      RCN 83      Fios 35

 

Monday, January 1  11:30 am  and  Tuesday, January 2  6 pm

"More Than A Small Circle of Friends"
Remembering Phil Ochs on the occasion of his 75th birthday, show 1
Recorded December 17, 2015 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY

Phil Ochs was a singer/songwriter who became one of the most iconic artists of his time.  A contemporary of Bob Dylan and other notable writer-performers of the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the early 1960s, Ochs was a prolific writer whose work not only challenged the policies and politics of war and injustice, he also challenged actions and attitudes of those on his own side. He was uncompromised and unrelenting.

Despite his success and fame as a performer and folk personality, Ochs suffered from depression and bipolar disorders. He took his own life in 1976 at the age of 35, but his legacy continues.

Today he not only enjoys a passionate following from his original fan base who can see him and hear his voice again online, but a new generation of fans have discovered the music of Phil Ochs because of social media and the timeless nature of his brilliant songwriting.

On December 19th, 2015 Phil Ochs had his 75th birthday. That week there were many concerts marking this event around the world. One of these celebrations took place in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York, at a venue where Phil played fifty years earlier.  It was a joyful evening where memories, stories and songs were shared.

This is the first of four half hour programs from that evening. I hope you enjoy it. If you are new to Phil Ochs music take a moment to hear the words and feel the pathos and power of well crafted lyrics. If you are an old fan and an old friend, enjoy the moment and please sing along. I believe Phil would approve.

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Tonight's show features David Massengill, who toured the country years ago with Dave Van Ronk. All artists were asked to share a Phil Ochs story before they sang. David shared about Van Ronk singing "He Was A Friend of Mine" at the Ochs memorial show shortly after his death. David was in the audience for that. This night he reprises the Van Ronk rendition of that song. It is powerful and touching.

Other artists featured in the episode are Joel Landy and Steve Suffet. Steve shares about the history of The Interlude Cafe, where Odradeks now stands. Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Al Kooper, Jose Faliciano, and other musicians who went on to bigger things often played at the Interlude.  Lots to enjoy in this episode.
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"...and you won t find me singin' on this song when I m gone. So, I guess I ll have to do it while I m here."
~ Phil Ochs


Monday, January 8  11:30 am  and  Tuesday, January 9  6 pm

"More Than A Small Circle of Friends"
Remembering Phil Ochs on the occasion of his 75th birthday, show 2
Recorded December 17, 2015 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY

This is the second of four Songs of Freedom episodes recorded at the Phil Ochs birthday concert in Queens, NY in December of 2015 (see above).

This episode features Anne Price (There But for Fortune) and Joel Landy (Too Many Martyrs, Bracero).


Monday, January 15  11:30 am  and  Tuesday, January 16  6 pm

"More Than A Small Circle of Friends"
Remembering Phil Ochs on the occasion of his 75th birthday, show 3
Recorded December 17, 2015 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY

This is the third of four Songs of Freedom episodes recorded at the Phil Ochs birthday concert in Queens, NY in December of 2015 (see above).

This episode features Lydia Adams Davis and Richard Benson.
 

Monday, January 22  11:30 am  and  Tuesday, January 23  6 pm

"More Than A Small Circle of Friends"
Remembering Phil Ochs on the occasion of his 75th birthday, show 4
Recorded December 17, 2015 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY

This is the fourth of four Songs of Freedom episodes recorded at the Phil Ochs birthday concert in Queens, NY in December of 2015 (see above).

This episode features Steve Vitoff, Carol Friedman Russell, and Ben Silver.

 Keep watching Songs of Freedom!  Tune in and don't tune out!

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sday, January 10, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 1

Produced by Mike McHugh and Vanessa Lovestone in association with Lori Behrman and Bill Mayer, Wicked Willy's hosted a tribute to the life and music of the late Tom Petty. It was a terrific evening of Rock N'Roll and raised money for MusiCares, a philanthropy that meant a lot to Tom Petty.

Artists who performed included Curtis Becraft and Carla Lyn Hall, Roger Blanc, Paul DeCoster, Heather Eatman, Buddy Grecco, Joel Landy, Michael McHugh, and The Serpentones. This video was the first of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the event.

For more videos from this tribute concert, go to this website's home page

More about MusiCares: MusiCares Foundation was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993[2] by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing. You can find out more about MusiCares by visiting the following websites: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/prog... - https://www.grammy.com/musicares - https://www.facebook.com/MusiCares


Thursday, January 17, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 2

This is the second of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the Tom Petty tribute concert recorded at Wicked Willy's in New York City in December of 2017.  (see above)


Thursday, January 24, 2018

The 2017 New York City Friends of Clearwater Water Festival
Recorded august 27, 2017

The New York City Friends of Clearwater hosted its 2017 Water Festival on Sunday, August 27. It was a day of education, music, and entertainment about environmental awareness and action. Songs of Freedom Television was there to record what happened that day. This is the first of episodes about the Water Festival. It features the president and vice president of the organization describing its mission and history. It also features singer/songwriter Joel Landy. For more about the New York City Friends of Clearwater, go to: www.nycfriendsofclearwater.org
 

Thursday, January 31, 2018

Special Guest: The Ray Korona Band

Recorded in New York City, February 1997 

From the Songs of Freedom archives comes this memorable gem from February of 1997. It features The Ray Korona Band. Ray was awesome. An articulate activist/musician/recording studio engineer/poet/friend/songwriter and all around inspiration, Ray died a couple of years ago but his words and deeds live on. He is joined by his band for this live performance recorded inside the intimate confines of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network's old studio on the east side of Manhattan. There was a live audience whose presence you can feel throughout the program. One of the first Songs of Freedom shows and a real good one. Tune in and find out for yourself. I hope you do.
 

Thursday, February 7, 2018

The 2017 Funny Song Swap at the New England Folk Festival

I have had the fun honor and pleasure of hosting an hour of funny songs at The New England Folk Festival on numerous occasions. Tonight's program is a recording of the 2017 hour of funny songs featuring Steve Suffet, Mike Agranoff, and Joel Landy.
 

Thursday, February 14, 2018

"Remembering Phil Ochs" at the 2017 New England Folk Festival

Hosting an hour devoted to the life and music of Phil Ochs is something I get to do at the New England Folk Festival. The 2017 NEFFA session was a sweet and memorable one.

Thank you to everybody who came to sing and remember Phil Ochs. Special thanks to Steve Suffet for sharing a song and a story about Phil, who left us too soon and whose songs are as relevant today as when he wrote them.


Thursday, February 21, 2018

Thursday Night Hoots! / May 2016 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, show 1

During the early 1960s The Interlude Cafe in Kew Gardens, Queens, regularly hosted the voices and guitars of Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Al Kooper, Jose Feliciano, and other noteworthy musicians. On Thursday nights there was a "hootenanny", with local talent and others taking the stage and filling the space with music.

From December of 2015 through the spring of 2016 I hosted Thursday night HOOTS! at Odradeks Coffee House, a venue that stood at the site of The Interlude Cafe.

The May 2016 hoot was a terrific evening. Great players showed up and everyone in attendance had a great time. The music started before the show actually started when arriving musicians were tuning their instruments in different parts of the room. Suddenly a song broke out and the whole building was filled with music and the evening's first jam. One player who was having coffee ran back home and got his fiddle and joined the party. That was the kind of evening it was. It was magical time in this rekindled musical space.

The artists featured this evening included Jake Block, Alan Alter, David Butler, Eli, Jerry Korobow, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Gina Moffet, and Steve Suffet. This video is the first of three edited episodes recorded that night. It features an opening jam and then the multi talented Jerry Korobow and Joel Landy.

I hope you enjoy watching it.     peace and music ~ joel landy

 

Thursday, February 28, 2018

Thursday Night Hoots! / May 2016 at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens, show 2

This is the second of three Songs of Freedom Television episodes recorded at Odradeks Coffee House in May of 2016. (see above)
 

Thursday, March 7, 2018

"The Sunnyside Singers Club"  Show 1

On Wednesday nights since 2014 Steve Suffet and Donie Carroll have hosted a "pub sing" at Aubergine Cafe in Sunnyside, Queens, NY.  People come to eat and drink and sing. Everyone is invited to share a song and all songs are welcome.  Songs of Freedom recorded a typical evening at The Singers Club. 
We hope you enjoy it and sing along!

For more about The Aubergine Cafe go to: www.auberginecafe.com

For more about The Singers Club
contact:  www.facebook.com/sunnysidesingersclub/


Thursday, March 14, 2018

"The Sunnyside Singers Club"  Show 2

More singing and fun from the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, NY and the Wednesday night Sunnyside Singers Club. This episode features songs from Steve Suffet and Joel Landy.
Grab a drink, tune in, and sing along!

For more about The Aubergine Cafe go to: www.auberginecafe.com

For more about The Singers Club
contact:  www.facebook.com/sunnysidesingersclub/


Thursday, March 21, 2018

Special Guest:  Eric Levine

I sometimes wonder what I will be remembered for. What will be my lasting and important contribution with the music that I make, performances that I organize and media efforts that I promote?  With every year that passes I perceive more and more that if I am making a difference in this world with my artistic endeavors the place that it will be most noticed is in the voices and faces that I have preserved and share with people like you. It is not about me at all.  That notion is both humbling and reassuring.

Tonight's show features Eric Levine in one of the many appearances he made on Songs of Freedom Television. Eric was more than a talented songwriter and guitarist. His humanity touched everything he did and everybody that he met. Eric died in 2008 but he will always be remembered as my brother.

This show is from June of 1997. It features his lengthy "tribute" to the CIA and another tribute to Jim Dixon, a blind man who sailed the seas and challenged notions of what individuals with disabilities could accomplish.
I always enjoyed swapping songs and stories with Eric. He is still making a difference in my life.
peace,
joel

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 1

Produced by Mike McHugh and Vanessa Lovestone in association with Lori Behrman and Bill Mayer, Wicked Willy's hosted a tribute to the life and music of the late Tom Petty. It was a terrific evening of Rock N'Roll and raised money for MusiCares, a philanthropy that meant a lot to Tom Petty.

Artists who performed included Curtis Becraft and Carla Lyn Hall, Roger Blanc, Paul DeCoster, Heather Eatman, Buddy Grecco, Joel Landy, Michael McHugh, and The Serpentones. This video was the first of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the event.

For more videos from this tribute concert, go to this website's home page

More about MusiCares: MusiCares Foundation was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1993[2] by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis, its primary purpose is to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues which directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. The foundation's programs include emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, outreach and leadership activities, and senior housing. You can find out more about MusiCares by visiting the following websites: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/prog... - https://www.grammy.com/musicares - https://www.facebook.com/MusiCares


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tom Petty Tribute Concert / Fundraiser for MusiCares / December 6, 2017 / Episode 2

This is the second of two Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the Tom Petty tribute concert recorded at Wicked Willy's in New York City in December of 2017.  (see above)


Thursd
ay, February 1, 2018

The 2017 New York City Friends of Clearwater Water Festival
Recorded august 27, 2017

The New York City Friends of Clearwater hosted its 2017 Water Festival on Sunday, August 27. It was a day of education, music, and entertainment about environmental awareness and action. Songs of Freedom Television was there to record what happened that day. This is the first of episodes about the Water Festival. It features the president and vice president of the organization describing its mission and history. It also features singer/songwriter Joel Landy. For more about the New York City Friends of Clearwater, go to: www.nycfriendsofclearwater.org

 

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