BRAVE COMBO TO PERFORM “IMMIGRANT SONGS”
MAY 11, 2017 at ST. ANDREW’S COFFEE HOUSE LIVE
The Denton, Texas Grammy-winning band, Brave Combo, realized that their usual/unusual set list of music from around world might help shine a spotlight to confront the darkness of prejudice and racism influencing our country today. Following two very successful performances in North Texas that garnered articles in both the Dallas Observer and Denton Record-Chronicle, Brave Combo will be bringing their performance of “Immigrant Songs” to Coffee House Live at St. Andrew’s Church on Thursday, May 11. The band plans to enlighten, as well as perform, by explaining the origins of many of the evening’s eclectic offerings.
Per Brave Combo’s Carl Finch, “From the beginning of the band in 1979, Brave Combo has benefited directly from the flow of immigrants into the USA. As well, we have stood beside those who have been abused and whose music has been maligned and/or ridiculed, if not completely ignored. The polka scene receives all of the benefits of forced segregation, which are none. Brave Combo has been fighting a battle against racism, prejudice and judgmental attitudes for almost 40 years and these days it feels like our attempts to open eyes and ears and minds have all been in vain. Even after many immigrants receive full legal status as American citizens, the abuse and prejudice continue, whether one’s family is from Mexico, Iran or Poland. Some people simply believe ‘different’ is bad and/or wrong.”
Coffee House Live is located at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas 77005 (713) 667-1703. No cover charge. Donations welcome: suggested donation $10-20 (cash or check), helps cover the cost of artist, refreshments, facility — but not required. 7:00 pm http://sapch.org/coffee/
This show is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission On The Arts
Denton Record-Chronicle Article – Lucinda Breeding
Dallas Observer Article – Mollie Jamison