Harvest of music, history at Bread and Roses Labor Day Festival

Margaret Smith

For 24 years, the City of Lawrence has sponsored the Bread and Labor Day Festival, and doesn’t even charge any bread.

This year, the event takes place as always on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, with musicians, dancers, and other entertainers at Campagnone Park in Lawrence, honoring the historic 1912 labor strike in Lawrence.

The festival draws about 5,000, mostly from the greater Lawrence area, but also from southern New Hampshire and Cambridge and Somerville.

“These are hot beds of folk music, among other things,” said James Beauchesne, member and past chairman of the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, which hosts the festival, and visitor services supervisor at Lawrence Heritage State Park, a sponsor of the festival.

This year’s music lineup includes

The Welfare Poets, a New York performance collective who mix hip hop, bomba y plena, Latin jaz and other styles into politically charged songs about freedom;

ZilZala, a high-energy Middle Eastern ensemble with acclaimed Lebanese singer Christiane Karam;

Los Sugar Kings, a Latin jazz band hailing from the North Shore area;