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Ryan Harvey and Nomi at SubRosa in Santa Cruz!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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703 Pacific Avenue (at Spruce St.)
downtown Santa Cruz

Acoustic, blues, and radical folk punk with Ryan Harvey and Nomi at SubRosa

Wednesday, July 27 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

SubRosa (703 Pacific Avenue), Santa Cruz, CA

Donations are suggested

Santa Cruz Indymedia and SubRosa are pleased to present Ryan Harvey from Baltimore, MD, one of our favorite folk singers, an incredible story teller, organizer and writer. He will be joined by Nomi, a fabulous folkstress from the Bay. Don't miss this show.

This event is a Record/CD release tour for Ryan Harvey's new album "Ordinary Heroes"!!

Ryan Harvey, a part of the Riot-Folk Collective, has been writing and performing in social justice activist circles for over 10 years. From intimate basement shows to large rallies, Ryan has been "making folk a threat again" with his songs being a critical analysis of war, oppression and movements of resistance.

Ryan is touring the United States and Europe this summer to release "Ordinary Heroes", a collaborative album with violinist/journalist/documentarian Michael Fox. The recording, which is dedicated to the life of Howard Zinn, explores contemporary political issues while emphasizing social movements in American history.

The aim of the album, Ryan says "is to spread a hope that's grounded in practicality, a hope that's born from an understanding that things improve when people organize to change them."

Ryan's songs can be downloaded for free at Songs and info from Riot-Folk members can be found at
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§Folk/Punk Artist Ryan Harvey Shares His Music and Politics
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American folk music has a history and lyrical content entrenched in political activism, made popular by 60s icons like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. As the 60s gave way to the 70s, punk musicians continued mixing politics and music, extending their art to a way of life. Folk-punk, a contemporary of these musical movements, combines musical and lyrical elements of folk with the energy of punk rock. Baltimore-based writer, activist, and songwriter Ryan Harvey identifies with this hybrid genre. Harvey is influenced by 60s folk musicians like Phil Ochs whose music has a journalistic and political resonance. Similarly, Harvey grew up listening to politically motivated bands like Crass, Conflict and Aus Rotten in addition to Rancid, and local Baltimore punk. His music is rooted in his politics, and strikes an emotional and motivating chord. For him, punk communicates the energy and anger of its day. In addition to practicing his art with a political edge, Harvey writes about music and media on his own blog and has published articles in the local progressive Baltimore paper, The Independent Reader. He has also contributed to such publications as The Nation, Common Dreams and ZNet Magazine and he also works for the non-profit organization “The Civilian-Soldier Alliance” that works along side GIs for a progressive and just foreign policy.

GUEST: Ryan Harvey, musician, writer, and activist and member of the Riot Folk collective

Follow Ryan’s tour and learn more about him at His website is
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