Blues, Folk, & Country, Rock & Pop

Tribute to Utah Phillips

When: Fri., Aug. 1, 8 p.m. 2008

Originally planned as a fund-raiser for Utah Phillips' medical expenses until he died in May, Friday's tribute will now benefit one of his favorite causes, the homeless shelter he helped start in his final home, Nevada City. The greatest artist in a genre he created, Utah Phillips devoted his life to singing and storytelling about -- and organizing with -- the have-nots, from the hobos to the homeless, the labor unions, and political causes that fought for equal rights and justice. At Ashkenaz (1111 Addison St., Berkeley) musicians who carry on his legacy will sing separately and together, including the rousing female folk-rock trio Rebecca Riots, activist singers Darryl Cherney and Carol Denney, the Labor Chorus, Hali Hammer, and Elliot Kenin. Films about Phillips will be screened in a separate room. 8 p.m. $10-up or 510-525-5054.

Larry Kelp

Price: $10

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