music & activism

50 creative years celebrating
the human spirit through music

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This is a conversation between Holly Near and some of the artists that are featured on Because of A Song: https://becauseofasong.com

The event was streamed December 4, 2022.

Because of a Song is an online archive documenting the extraordinary feminist and lesbian music that burst forth from the heart of Oakland, CA. Produced by Holly Near, Because of a Song features over 30 hours of filmed conversation, 4 short films featuring Linda Tillery, Carolyn Brandy, Mary Watkins and Melanie DeMore, a curated resource room, a listening room of over 600 songs in 6 playlists, a captioned photo gallery of nearly 200 images, and much more.

No story is the whole story. We simply leave a trail. The world has always been (and continues to be) changed Because of a Song.



tour schedule

Check for 2023 tour dates!

Thursday, July 6 – Sunday, July 9, 2023

National Women’s Music Festival
Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q Hammons Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at 7:30PM

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Old Town School of Folk Music
Maurer Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

Monday, July 24, 2023 at 8PM

The Ark
316 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

theark.org | 734-761-1818

Friday August 4, 2023 at 8PM

City Winery – Boston
80 Beverly St.
Boston, MA 02114

www.citywinery.com | 212-608-0555

Saturday August 5, 2023 at 8PM

Caffe Lena
47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY

www.caffelena.org | 518-583-0022

Sunday August 6, 2023 at 7PM

130 Pine St.
Florence, MA 01062

Thursday August 10 – August 13, 2023

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Lunenburg, NS Canada


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