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Upcoming Episodes of  Songs of Freedom

on your cable television
Manhattan     Queens     Brooklyn     Bronx

Catch the webcast every other Saturday at 10:30pm
www.mnn.org next webcast,

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30pm

Windows Media Player is required and is easily downloaded from the MNN site.

Look below to find viewing times and episodes for your borough.


Manhattan
alternate Saturdays at 10:30pm
Channel 34
  Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)      Channel 82 RCN      Channel 33 Verizon
and at www.mnn.org     C
ommunity Channel 1


Saturday, March 25, 2017

"For What It's Worth"   with Special Guests:  David Laibman and Gil Skillman

David Laibman and Gil Skillman know of whenst they speak about the economy of nations, particularly ours. They are economics professors. They are also damn fine guitar pickers too with a sharp political bent.  Here is a show that was recorded in 1998, but remains so relevant today. Enjoy the music and the performances.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Special Guests:  The Disabled In Action Singers

Tonight's show is a gem culled from the Songs of Freedom Television archives. It features The Disabled In Action Singers, a group of talented activists who sing about the rights and celebrate the triumphs of individuals in our society who carry on despite personal physical challenges. They appeared on Songs of Freedom Television with their musical director and my folk doctor, Eric Levine, in 1997. You can find out more about the DIA Singers and their inspiring work at their website.
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Special Guest: Clebert Ford

The late Clebert Ford was a Renaissance Man. He was an author, an actor, a musician, and an international performer, amongst other things. I interviewed him on Songs of Freedom TV in 2000. His life stories were captivating. He brought with him the 1991 film he appeared in that won an Oscar (The Lunch Date, winner - Best Short Subject), and shared a song that he wrote about race relations. A lot happened in the 28 minutes we were together. It was some terrific TV. I hope you watch it.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Special Guest: Chris Seymour

This is the fifth Songs of Freedom Television show ever made and it features the talented Chris Seymour. The show was recorded in 1996 at the old Manhattan Neighborhood studios on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Chris sings and writes about working people and the dignity of human struggle. It has been 21 years since this show was first seen, but the struggle continues. Tune in and don't tune out. 
In Solidarity ~ joel

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Queens

  NEW VIEWING TIMES FOR SONGS OF FREEDOM IN 2017 

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

and

Sunday 6:00 pm       Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)   Channel 79      RCN 85      Verizon 37

Be sure to tune in to QPTV for the best of Songs of Freedom Television.


Coming up on Songs of Freedom

 

Sunday, April 16  6pm  and  Monday, April 17  4pm

"Funny Song Swap" at the New England Folk Festival

featuring Sol Weber, Paul Kaplan, Steve Suffet, and Joel Landy


Sunday, April 23  6pm  and  Monday, April 24  4pm

The Peoples' Voice Cafe presents

The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, show #2

 
Sunday, April 30  6pm  and  Monday, May 1   4pm

"Do You Believe in Peace"

with Eric Levine and Joel Landy
 

Sunday, May 7  6pm  and  Monday, May 8  4pm

Special Guest:  Kevin Annett, show #3
 

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

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Brooklyn

Every Wednesday at 11 PM
(an alternative to the evening news)

on Channels 35/68
also, Live Streaming at Brooklyn Free Speech Television, Channel 2


COMING UP!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"For What It's Worth"   with Special Guests:  David Laibman and Gil Skillman

David Laibman and Gil Skillman know of whenst they speak about the economy of nations, particularly ours. They are economics professors. They are also damn fine guitar pickers too with a sharp political bent.  Here is a show that was recorded in 1998, but remains so relevant today. Enjoy the music and the performances.


Wednesday, April 29, 2017

Special Guest: Clebert Ford

The late Clebert Ford was a Renaissance Man. He was an author, an actor, a musician, and an international performer, amongst other things. I interviewed him on Songs of Freedom TV in 2000. His life stories were captivating. He brought with him the 1991 film he appeared in that won an Oscar (The Lunch Date, winner - Best Short Subject), and shared a song that he wrote about race relations. A lot happened in the 28 minutes we were together. It was some terrific TV. I hope you watch it.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"I Want You!" 
Recorded at the 22-Below Cabaret in NYC 

A vintage 1998 Joel Landy performance at the the 22-Below Cabaret in NYC. That venue, 22-Below, located
on 22nd Street in Manhattan, was a cabaret that provided affordable quality entertainment for more than 20 years.
It's producers, Shawn Norton and Kim Rich were outstanding performers in their own right, and generous hosts whenever I had the privilege of playing there. Shawn and Kim gave me a chance early on in my music career.
Tonight's episode captures the energy and the political times of the late 1990s. Give a look and give a listen.
Where were you in 1998?

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"LIVE at the 22-Below Cabaret in NYC" 
Recorded November 1, 2003

The war in Iraq was on in November of 2003 and Songs of Freedom came to Greenwich Village in NYC for an evening of politically laced entertainment. Joining me on the stage at the 22-Below Cabaret were the NYC Street Singers and the cabaret's producer/performers Shawn Norton and Kim Rich. The show provides a time capsule of the way it was with some notable performances along the way. Tune in and don't tune out!

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"The Singers Club"

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/
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"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

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"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).


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"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 (Outside of A Small Circle of Friends, James Dean of Indiana) and Richard Benson (The Power and the Glory, Draft Dodger Rag).
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"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 (What's That I Hear?, Pleasures of the Harbor) and Ben Silver (One More Parade). There is also a joyous ensemble finale rendition of "When I'm Gone" featuring all the performers of the evening. 

It was truly a night to remember. I joked that we will have to get together and do this again in another 75 years. My promise to you is that we will not have to wait that long.   Stay tuned!  ~ joel


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Live in Concert, David Rovics at the Aubergine Cafe,  show 1
Recorded August 17, 2016 at the Aubergine Cafe in Queens, NY

When David Rovics was touring during the summer of 2016 he was the featured performer in Woodside, New York at Aubergine Cafe's Wednesday night Singers Club.  Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the evening of topical music featuring one of topical music's brightest stars. This is the first of two half hour shows edited from that evening. Those in attendance participated in a lively and intimate politically tinged entertainment experience. Tune in tonight. I think you will agree.

Songs include:
One Day in Kenya, If This Were A War, God's Gift to the Caliphate, I'm A Better Anarchist Than You,
They All Sang the Internationale, If Clinton's A Progressive, No One Is Illegal

For more information about David Rovics, go to:  
www.davidrovics.com

For more about The Singers Club and the Aubergine Cafe, go to:
www.facebook.com/sunnysidesingersclub/

The Aubergine Cafe is located at:  49-22 Skillman Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; at 50th St. / 7 Train


The Singers Club takes place every Wednesday evening from 8pm til 11pm.
Come to eat, drink, play, listen and sing. All styles of music are welcome.
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Live in Concert, David Rovics at the Aubergine Cafe,  show 2
Recorded August 17, 2016 at the Aubergine Cafe in Queens, NY

When David Rovics was touring during the summer of 2016 he was the featured performer in Woodside, New York at Aubergine Cafe's Wednesday night Singers Club.  Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the evening of topical music featuring one of topical music's brightest stars. This is the first of two half hour shows edited from that evening. Those in attendance participated in a lively and intimate politically tinged entertainment experience. Tune in tonight. I think you will agree.

Songs include:
Good Bye Portland, Letter to My Landlord, Spancil Hill, Song for My Broken Heart,
If Only It Were True, Statue in the Harbor, Everything Can Change

For more information about David Rovics, go to:  
www.davidrovics.com

For more about The Singers Club and the Aubergine Cafe, go to:
www.facebook.com/sunnysidesingersclub/

The Aubergine Cafe is located at:  49-22 Skillman Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377; at 50th St. / 7 Train


The Singers Club takes place every Wednesday evening from 8pm til 11pm.
Come to eat, drink, play, listen and sing. All styles of music are welcome.
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Low Budget"   with Eric Levine

Some of the best Songs of Freedom episodes were those when a couple of friends sat around swapping songs. Eric and I sat in for a session in this one, culled from the 1990s archives. It was a low budget production, but one high in energy and spirit.  Take a listen. I think you will enjoy it.  ~ joel

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The Bronx

THURSDAY at 7:30 PM on CHANNEL 70

You can also watch online at www.bronxnet.org Channel 70
Shows coming up include:

 
Thursd
ay, April 13, 2017

"The Singers Club"

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/


Thursd
ay, April 20, 2017

"GREED  IS  GOOD!"

Gordon Gekko, infamous antagonist in Oliver Stone's 1987 "Wall Street" movie isn't dead. He just changed his name and joined the GOP. And became President.

“The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right.  Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

Two presidents ago I put together a Songs of Freedom episode which included Michael Douglas delivering the famous "Greed is Good" speech, along with Noam Chomsky's worldly commentary, writing from indigenous Americans, and political musings from Waffles the Clown.  The content and message is as timely as ever it was and is shared with you again tonight.

Some things never get old. Tune in and don't tune out.   ~  joel
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

"LIVE at the 22-Below Cabaret in NYC" 
Recorded November 1, 2003

The war in Iraq was on in November of 2003 and Songs of Freedom came to Greenwich Village in NYC for an evening of politically laced entertainment. Joining me on the stage at the 22-Below Cabaret were the NYC Street Singers and the cabaret's producer/performers Shawn Norton and Kim Rich. The show provides a time capsule of the way it was with some notable performances along the way. Tune in and don't tune out!
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Special Guests:  The Disabled In Action Singers

Tonight's show is a gem culled from the Songs of Freedom Television archives. It features The Disabled In Action Singers, a group of talented activists who sing about the rights and celebrate the triumphs of individuals in our society who carry on despite personal physical challenges. They appeared on Songs of Freedom Television with their musical director and my folk doctor, Eric Levine, in 1997. You can find out more about the DIA Singers and their inspiring work at their website.

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