Joe Hill Night! Fanning the Flames of Discontent

  • Saturday, November 19, 2011
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Star E Rose Cafe  (NE 24th & Alberta)
  • Music by General Strike and I Wobble Wobble

A Benefit for The Alliance Newspaper
Suggested Donations at the Door: $5 – $20

Join General Strike and the IWW for a 30-year Portland tradition, celebrating the songs and spirit of Joe Hill and other radical song writers. Joe Hill, an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was framed on a murder charge and executed by a firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 19, 1915.

Joe Hill’s famous song, “The Preacher and the Slave” was first released and sung on the streets of Portland, Oregon about 1910. General Strike will sing and lead many Joe Hill songs, along with other rabble-rousing music. General Strike, along with the Portland IWW and others, have been celebrating Joe Hill Night as a Portland tradition since 1990.

General Strike has been leading songs on picket lines and social justice rallies in Portland and the Pacific Northwest since 1987.

August Music for the Working Class!

It’s time once again for the Portland IWW’s monthly Music for the Working Class!

  • When: Wednesday August 31st at 7pm
  • Where: Red and Black Cafe, SE 12th & Oak
  • Bands: Kory Quinn, I Wobble Wobble, Ryan G, and David Small

No cover charge! Drink discounts for union members and service industry workers! So come on down to Music for the Working Class and enjoy an evening of songs to fan the flames of discontent!

Music for the Working Class!

Wednesday, February 23rd, at the Red and Black Cafe, is the third installment of Music for the Working Class! Music starts at 7pm and will feature the bands: I Wobble Wobble, Kory Quinn, and Dapper Cadavers!

If you haven’t come yet, you will be in for a treat! Not only will we have some great labor songs and original works, but we will do many singalongs to Wobbly favorites, new and old!

Every Wednesday at the Red and Black, IWW members receive $1 off pints (beer and kombucha) and $3 off pitchers! So come out and have some fun!

Music for the Working Class: Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent

Music for the Working Class is a monthly night of labor music and music for working people. This event is hosted by the Portland IWW Image: Paper that has been burnt around the edges that reads: I.W.W Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent(Industrial Workers of the World) on the last Wednesday of every month at the Red and Black Cafe (400 SE 12th Ave).
This month, Music for the Working Class will be January 26th, 7pm and feature artists: I Wobble Wobble, Seth Martin, and The Dapper Cadavers!

About the music

The music being played will be both old and new, featuring singalongs and aiming to build solidarity among working people. This is music that expresses class consciousness and Labor Culture, something that has faded over the years with the constant assault on workers.

About the Bands

I Wobble Wobble is made up of Daisy (vocals, guitar), Adam (banjo), and Tomas (cajon), all of whom are members of the Portland IWW Branch. I Wobble Wobble plays old labor songs and some new. An American Folk style tinged with the percussive sound of the Peruvian cajon (box drum), I Wobble Wobble is a unique band for all to enjoy.
Seth Martin is a folk musician who galvanizes crowds with nature and social-minded singalongs and ballads on banjo and guitar. Citing influences such as Utah Phillips and Pete Seeger, Seth epitomizes the sound that Music for the Working Class is looking for. He is a local Northwesterner and strong supporter of the radical labor community.
The Dapper Cadavers, labeling themselves as ‘an assembly of flotsam,’ are a fabulous example of Portland Old Time music. Also referred to as CrustFolk, the band often includes banjo, guitar, fiddle, washtub bass and accordian. The Dapper Cadavers have an array of songs they play including many of their own tunes, as well as several old labor songs.

About the Space

The Red and Black Cafe is a collectively run and worker-owned cafe located at the corner of Southeast 12th Ave and Oak St. The Red and Black is also an IWW shop, meaning all workers are members of the Industrial Workers of the World.


Please contact Noah with the Portland IWW about performing at future Music for the Working Class nights, or with any questions and comments: portland.iww [at] gmail [dot] com (Attn: Noah)
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