The Joe Hill Road Show national concert tour is coming to the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture in Weed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for an evening of music, community and solidarity.
A community dinner at 6 p.m. will be followed by the show at 8 p.m. Dinner is not formally a potluck, but food donations are welcome.
Suggested donation for the event is $10, but the Center says nobody will be turned away because of lack of funds.
The show features folk musicians Patrick Dodd, George Mann, Mark Ross and David Rovics.
Mann and Rovics are “the two anchors of the tour,” according to Mann. They have performed at 10 concerts nationwide.
“The concert is part of a yearlong series of events to honor and remember Joe Hill and his work,” Mann said.
It was 100 years ago that Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies” labor organizer, songwriter and hobo Joe Hill was executed in Salt Lake City after being falsely convicted of murdering an ex-policeman and his son, according to information from the Center.
This year, labor and folk musicians have been touring the country to commemorate Hill’s life and death.
The Joe Hill Road Show has visited more than 30 cities and will be winding up in Salt Lake City later in November.
“He is not only one of labor's martyrs, but he is one of our revered songwriters, and his songs and his legend, are better known 100 years after his death than any of the politicians, judges or big bosses who framed Joe and had him executed in 1915,” Mann said. “We are honored to be playing his music and keeping the tradition of working people singing together alive.”
The event will be held outdoors, and organizers suggest participants dress appropriately for unpredictable November weather.
Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at 800 Black Butte Road in Weed.
For more information about Joe Hill and the tour, see www.joehill100.com.
For more information on Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture see www.bbcrc.org.