Friday, October 20th 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Please join us for a live concert by Casey Neill & the Norway Rats and special guest Jerry Joseph as a fundraiser for the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), www.wildcalifornia.org. Doors open at 6:30pm; show at 7pm.
Founded in 1977 and based on unceded ancestral Wiyot territory in Arcata, Humboldt County, California, EPIC is a grassroots environmental 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for the science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests, watersheds, and wildlife with an integrated approach combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation.
EPIC’s vision is a Northwest California with healthy, connected, and wild forests where sustainable, restorative management practices are the standard. The forests of the region will help buffer the impacts of climate change resulting in clean air and water, abundant and diverse native flora and fauna, and the protection of natural beauty and quality of life for generations to come.
CASEY NEILL & THE NORWAY RATS
Sending Up Flares, the fourth record from Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, is the sound of a band rallying together, turning the genre-bending range of its influences into the group’s most cohesive, cathartic album yet. Created amidst chaos and uncertainty, these songs offer a lifeline to a world in need of balance, shot through with stories about resolve, resilience, wonder, and positive human interaction. The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines dreamy ballads and high energy rave-ups built around narrative songwriting. Neill tours with the band and solo throughout the USA, Japan, and Europe having performed at venues such as Town Hall in New York, Bumbershoot, and the Newport Folk Festival. The band ensemble of Pacific Northwest heavy hitters includes accordionist/keyboardist Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, bassist Jesse Emerson of Amelia, and Neill (who is also a member of The Minus 5). Sending Up Flares follows 2018’s Subterrene which No Depression magazine called “a milestone in Neill and company’s trajectory thus far” while Rolling Stone said “(Neill’s) songs mask their complexities beneath a simple, singalong-worthy surface… these swimming waters have serious depth.”
Jerry Joseph is a musician who lives in Portland Oregon, but he’s often gone. He’s been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame but is still rather obscure to a lot of people. He plays well over 150 shows a year in the usual places. Across America. Sometimes in Europe, Mexico, and Central America. Then there’s these other places he plays–Lebanon, Israel, Kurdish Iraq, India, and Afghanistan. All over the Middle East, often in war zones and refugee camps.
In addition to his touring, Jerry has set up a non-profit called Nomad Music Foundation that acts as a sort of School of Rock for displaced teenagers in areas of conflict. So far, he has taken guitars and taught lessons in camps in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Sulaymaniyah and Dahuk, both in Kurdish Iraq. These life-changing missions have been written up in Rolling Stone, Relix, and PBS News Hour. Read more at www.jerryjoseph.com/bio