Later this evening, Monday, November 16th, KCSB-FM 91.9, The Bonfire Collective, and Firebrand Records present The Last Internationale, Built for the Sea, bell’s roar, Ryan Harvey and Kareem Samara, live in concert at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club.
The event showcases this lineup of political, activist-driven artists from a new record label co-founded by Tom Morello, aka The Nightwatchman (of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Street Sweeper Social Club), and riot-folk artist Ryan Harvey.
This morning, between 11am-12noon PST, Ryan Harvey will be calling into KCSB’s weekly music-and-cultural arts radio program “The Freak Power Ticket,” brought to you by producer/host Ted Coe and special guest-hosts from The Bonfire Collective, to preview tonight’s concert, to discuss current events and the movement for global justice, and to talk about Harvey’s independent business venture. The program will also feature music from other acts on the label.
The Last Internationale, a “rebel-rock group” from New York City, have had a stint with Epic Records, toured with Robert Plant, Neil Young, and The Who, and appeared on Late Show with David Letterman in 2014. Frontwoman and bassist Delila Paz and guitarist Edgey Pires are the group’s core members, who claim folk influences such as Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, and ties to contemporary to rock groups, such as MC5, Rage Against the Machine, The Raconteurs, and many more.
Originally formed as an indie-rock group from the mid-2000s in San Francisco, Built for the Sea’s two core members Lia Rose and Daniel McKenzie have moved the group’s sound into more atmospheric, ambient-electronic territories.
Name-checking the radical scholar and activist bell hooks, Bell’s Roar is the solo project of New Yorker Sean Desiree, who blends loopy post-rock guitar work, hip hop beats, and R&B vocals into her eclectic, politically-charged, DIY performances.
The final act on tonight’s bill is Ryan Harvey and Kareem Samara. Co-owner of Firebrand Records, the Baltimore-based Ryan Harvey has built a name for himself performing anarchist-oriented, agitprop folk music, while Kareem Samara is British-Arab oudist and multi-instrumentalist from London who specializes in Arabic folk and resistance songs. Press materials for the duo explain: “From the trajectory of a post-Arab Spring world, their songs draw connections between peoples, histories, and movements for radical social change – from Egypt to Baltimore, Turkey to Palestine.”
Event co-host The Bonfire Collective is “a consensus-based… [Santa Barbara organization] promoting the principles of mutual aid, autonomy and direct action.”
Doors open at 630pm for this 18 and over concert. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus service fee) and $12 at the door. SOhO is at 1221 State Street, #205, in downtown Santa Barbara.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PST.