Concert to honor Joe Hill, “The man who never died”

2015 October 30
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Press Release – Joe Hill Concert

October 30. 2015

Jason Houk

Here come the Wobblies

The music and spirit of labor martyr Joe Hill (“the man who never died”) will fill the Hawaiian Cafe in Phoenix when the nationally-touring “Joe Hill 100 Roadshow” makes its southern Oregon visit on Thursday, November 12.

Perhaps best known through Joan Baez’s stirring singing of “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” at Woodstock, the Swedish-born Hill was an activist and songwriter for the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), or Wobblies. His best-known song “The Preacher and the Slave” introduced the phrase “pie in the sky” into the English lexicon.

Other Hill songs include “Casey Jones, the Union Scab,” “The Rebel Girl,” and “There is Power in the Union.”

The Roadshow tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of Hill’s execution by a Utah firing squad for two murders. There is little doubt today that Hill was framed for the crimes because he was a foreigner and a well-known labor activist. The case drew international attention and appeals for clemency from U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, the Swedish Ambassador, the American Federation of Labor, and many others.

The Roadshow will feature folk musicians George Mann, David Rovics, Mark Ross and southern Oregon’s Patrick Dodd.

An activist and former union organizer based in New York, George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism. His own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. Mann has worked with Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, and Billy Bragg. He has also worked with veterans, unions and anti-war groups and is currently focusing on the effects of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on soldiers and their families.

David Rovics is an indie singer/songwriter out of Portland. His music concerns topical subjects such as the 2003 Iraq war, anti-globalization and social justice issues.

Mark Ross is a guitarist and folk singer-songwriter who is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). He is one of the few performers working today who has experience as a hobo and a cowboy. His songs have been recorded by Utah Phillips, Tom Perlman, Sawyer Tom Hayden, Jim Ringer, and Horse Sense.

Patrick Dodd is an American songwriter with an uncommon creative edge that is impressive and unique. One of the most prolific songwriters of his generation with over 400 songs to his credit, Patrick Dodd is an Austin Texas trained songwriter, and contemporary of Blaze Foley, Jimmy Lafave, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt. Though his commercial career was blossoming while he was in Austin, like Woody Guthrie, and Utah Phillips, Patrick decided to employ his talents in the interest of social justice.

The “Joe Hill 100 Roadshow” is sponsored by Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice.

A buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 7 . The price for the buffet is $15, the concert costs $10-20 sliding scale with no one turned away. Please RSVP for the buffet to 541-622-9483 or email For more information visit

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