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Chandler and Feeney perform in Nevada City

With more than 1,000 performances during the last four years at rallies, festivals, colleges, coffeehouses and living rooms in 41 states and Canada, folk singers/activists Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney are on the road again. They stop at Cooper’s in Nevada City on Wednesday.

Chandler (who has worked with a multitude of artists from Allen Ginsberg to Ani Di Franco) presents poems and folk songs “designed to rouse the slumbering subconscious of the Starbucks culture,” according to his press materials. The performance poet has also represented four different cities at National Poetry Slams.

Feeney, the first woman elected president of the Pittsburgh Musicians’ Union, was also a founding member of the Women’s Bar Association of Allegheny County. She is the granddaughter of an intrepid mineworkers’ organizer, who also used music to promote solidarity. After two decades of community activism and regional performances at rallies, in 1991, Feeney started performing across the country. Her anthem “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” was picked up by Peter, Paul & Mary.



The Boston Herald has called Chandler and Feeney “the most creatively radical performers on the coffee house circuit” and Nevada City’s Utah Phillips has named Feeney “the best labor singer in North America.”

Chandler and Feeney’s gig at Cooper’s begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $8.




Cooper’s is at 235 Commercial St. in Nevada City. Phone is 265-0116.


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