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River of Song: A benefit concert celebrating California’s life-giving waters
Thursday, May 28, 2020, doors open 7 pm show at 8 pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley
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On Thursday, May 28, Laurie Lewis will be joined by some of the East Bay’s finest acoustic musicians for the Fourth Annual River of Song: A benefit concert celebrating California’s life-giving waters. Proceeds go to Foothill Conservancy and Friends of the River. Don't miss this great show!

California rivers have long been an integral part of Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis’ world: “Our bodies are composed of about 60% water. And 90% of our Bay Area water comes from the high Sierra Nevada Mountains. For me, it has become a calling to try and do what I can to protect these free-flowing rivers and help insure that all beings, human and otherwise, have access to good drinking water.” For over 26 years, she has been sharing her love of rivers with others through her music and rafting trips. Lately, she has upped her involvement with rivers by attending the River Advocacy Training School, through Friends of the River.

Musicians performing in River of Song include Laurie Lewis, Eric, Suzy & Allegra Thompson (Thompsonia) -- featuring songs about water and rivers creating feel-good music that ricochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge.

Also performing the Pam and Jeri Show w/Chris Webster. Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones, founding members of the rising Indie Americana band Blame Sally, have become an underground phenomena in the San Francisco Bay Area, combining equal parts humor, raw emotion, unparalleled musicianship and life's lessons. Their original songs have had national airplay including feature and mainstream rotation on San Francisco's KFOG and Starbucks XM Cafe.

Chris Webster is a soul singer. Her voice conveys a passion that connects with the longings of her audience. She expresses sometimes-troubled feelings that everyone understands. But Webster goes beyond pain to hope; her voice can be a compassionate balm to the troubled soul.

The “River of Song” benefit concert was initiated by Suzy Thompson, who performs with husband Eric and daughter Allegra under the name Thompsonia. “Up in the Sierras, there’s a spring-fed pond where we love to swim. Eric and I have gone there every summer for over 40 years to make music with friends and commune with nature. The way that pond changes from year to year, depending on rainfall, always drives home to me how precious our California water is. With Laurie’s deep love for California’s rivers, it was a natural to get her involved with putting together this benefit show.”

Proceeds from “River of Song” will benefit Friends of the River, which works to protect and restore rivers across the state, and the Foothill Conservancy, a Jackson-based, grassroots, nonprofit organization with a special focus on the Sierra Nevada’s upper Mokelumne River. The Mokelumne provides 90 percent of the water for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. The organizations will have representatives at the event to provide information about current threats to our state’s rivers as well as efforts to protect them.

“We are so grateful for the support River of Song provides,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Sherry Pease. “Our grassroots organization has worked for the Mokelumne River for 30 years, and our efforts to protect the river help protect the East Bay’s water quality. We’re excited to have the opportunity to meet East Bay water consumers and talk about the beautiful California Wild and Scenic River that sustains East Bay communities.”

Friends of the River Engagement Director Toby Briggs adds, “River of Song is an exceptional evening that builds our community and awareness about the issues our state and federal rivers face in the coming year. Thank you to the musicians who are amplifying the message about protecting our rivers by sharing their talent!”

THE FOOTHILL CONSERVANCY  |  PO Box 1255, Pine Grove CA 95665 | 209.295.4900

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