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Abolitionists in the Round

October 15, 2009

“On Saturday November 7th, a group of Bay Area singer/songwriters will come together at the Elbo Room in San Francisco for an unusual, in-the-round concert experience. The unique format allows the artists to perform their own songs, and then, in a move reminiscent of the game “musical chairs”, rotate into a backing role as part of the band while others take the lead. Talented on their own, the breadth of their ability is revealed as they trade instruments and vocals, creating a fresh take on each other’s work.

As exciting as the format is, what matters most is that these artists have banded together to benefit International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression in the fight against modern-day slavery around the world.

Why human trafficking? “Because,” organizer David Greco explains, “San Francisco is one of the most active harbors into which human beings are bought and sold, and we’re people who believe that no person should be owned, abused or oppressed in any way. It’s even more an outrage when it’s taking place in our own neighborhood.” Partnering with local agencies, the Abolitionists are using their music locally to fight slavery globally, by benefitting IJM.”

Show Details:

Saturday November 7th The Elbo Room
647 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door
21+ Doors open: 6:00 Show starts: 6:30

Committed artists:

Jesse Brewster
Brad Brooks
Jeff Campbell (Pine and Battery)

David Greco

Rick Hardin

Matt Langlois (The Welcome Matt)

Jane Lui

Matthew Schoening

Megan Slankard

Ben Wysocki (The Fray)

Local Partner Agencies:


The Freedom Summit

SJPD Stop Human Trafficking Task Force

The SOLD Project

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