May 11 Concert to Highlight Social and Environmental Change

Carrie Newcomer

Music that motivates action on behalf of nature and social justice will be the focus of a special concert, Friday, May 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis High School theater.

“This Land Is Our Land: The Music of Environmental and Social Change” will feature noted singer/songwriters Carrie Newcomer and Libby Roderick, with an opening number by Corvallis High School’s a cappella group Spartacapella.

Reserved tickets ($12 adults / $6 students) are available at Grass Roots Books & Music, or online at The event is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from KLCC radio.

“All through American history, dramatic social change has been led by people walking hand-in-hand and singing,” said Kathleen Dean Moore, senior fellow with the Spring Creek Project. “Music can make the difference between a mob and a movement. We wanted to put on a big concert to celebrate that music, and to motivate social change.”

Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard Magazine and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. Her latest album, “Everything is Everywhere” blends American roots influences with the sounds of the Indian classical sarod. The album is a benefit project for the Interfaith Hunger Initiative.

Roderick is a singer/songwriter, poet, activist, and teacher, honored for her blend of passionate music, wry humor and incisive commentary on social and personal issues. Roderick’s folk classic, “How Could Anyone,” has been translated into several languages, and was sung by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and thousands of others at the U.N. Conference in Beijing.

The concert will also recognize Corvallis-area musicians who are working, through their music, for cultural change. An action and information fair featuring regional environmental and social action organizations will take place in conjunction with the concert.