Buy Music, Support the ACLU!

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Exciting news: digital music retailer Bandcamp, the site/service through which I (and many, many independent artists!) share and sell digital music downloads, is donating 100% of its profits from digital music sales today to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)!

AND SO AM I!

Click here to listen!

In exchange for digital distribution service, Bandcamp takes a 15% cut of all digital music sales conducted through its site. Today, I am honored to join Bandcamp in their effort to support immigrants, upon whose backs this great country was built.

Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp’s founder, writes:

“Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.”

Click here to visit my Bandcamp site, where you can listen & purchase my music (and discover more independent music & artists!). For today’s sales, I too will donate 100% of my earnings to the ACLU!*

 

*Note on song “Color Line (Old Man Trump)”: My profits from this song have already been promised to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, but Bandcamp will still donate 100% of their proceeds for sale of this track to the ACLU. For all other songs and albums sold today, I will donate 100% of my profits to the ACLU.

New Song “Color Line” Featured in Libro Musica

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Grazie mille to music blog Libro Musica for the post about “Color Line,” my latest release! The song is a co-write between myself and Woody Guthrie, who penned the lyrics back in 1950 in response to the blatant racism of his then-landlord, Fred Trump. The lyrics were unpublished until 2016, and upon reading them, I was struck (and dismayed) at the uncanny resemblance between the Trump Guthrie knew and our current President-elect.

From Libro Musica:

“I love that artists like Marina Evans, use their talents to share a message that will help to promote, shape and inspire listeners to create social change. This message about the dark days of our past helps us to prepare for the future.”

Click here to read the full article; click here to listen to “Color Line (Old Man Trump)”!

You can stream the song online for free, but if you choose to purchase/download the song, please remember that ALL proceeds from sale of the digital track will be donated to the Woody & Marjorie Guthrie Fund at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Woody Guthrie passed away from Huntington’s disease in 1967 and we are still working towards a cure for this fatal illness.

 

Image credit: Horse and Hare Hand Carved Art + Design

Homeward Bound: Stateside Summer Shows

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It’s that time of year again – when I fly across the Atlantic from Italy to Cape Ann, Massachusetts, only to hit the ground running (& singing!) for a summer tour across New England. And I couldn’t be more excited!

This summer, it’s quite the mix: solo acoustic shows, concerts in duo with my musical partner & killer slide guitarist Bernardo Baglioni, and performances fronting the incredible Compaq Big Band. Everything from house concerts (in living rooms, recording studios, and one on the stunning shores of Lake Winnipesaukee!) to museums, from the decks of one of Gloucester’s historic schooners to the hallowed halls of aged New England churches — there’s a concert for everyone. Click here to see the full calendar!

I’m also looking forward to a benefit concert for the Schooner Adventure, “the last of the Gloucestermen,” a historic ship that is a living testament to our rich maritime history (August 12). I’ll be performing in acoustic duo with Bernardo aboard the ship as she’s docked in her beautiful home port of Gloucester, MA. Come join us for a sunset concert beneath the spars!

More concerts are being added all the time, so stay tuned — click here to view the full concert calendar, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-the-minute news. Many thanks all — looking forward to seeing you (and singing to you!) along the road!

 

Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert

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This Saturday, January 23, I am honored to join an all-star lineup for a benefit gala & concert for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce! Hosted at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center, one of the premier performance spaces north of Boston, this concert is not to be missed. Featuring the best & brightest from the Cape Ann music scene, this show will highlight 6 vocalists — hostess & event organizer Mari Martin, Kate Barry, Renee Dupuis, Megan McKenzie Downey, and myself — backed by a killer 4-piece band (Mark Retallack, Roger Brockelbank, Vinny Briguglio, and Jake Pardee). All concert proceeds will go to benefit the Cape Ann Chamber, a vital organization that supports our local businesses. Click here to visit the Chamber’s website to learn more about the event, or visit Rockport Music’s website to purchase tickets.

What: Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert for the Cape Ann Chamber
When: Saturday, January 23; 6pm gala, 8pm concert
Where: The Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Tickets: http://rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-chamber-of-commerce-dinner/

Tunes & Toys for Pathways for Children

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This Wednesday, 12/16, I am excited to come together in song with fabulous performer & songwriter Fly Amero in support of Pathways for Children, a local nonprofit whose mission — to educate, empower, and support local children and their families — is vital to our community. Every year, Pathways partners with local businesses for its annual toy and book drive, and has distributed over 1,000 toys to local children & families enrolled in their programming. This drive is special because it is truly neighbors helping neighbors: all toys and books donated stay in our North Shore community! So please, join us this Wednesday at The Rhumb Line in Gloucester – come for the tunes, stay for the good cheer, and if you can, bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to donate!

Come Together in Song: Benefit For The Grace Center

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In recent years, the Cape Ann Clergy Association realized that there was an ever-increasing number of requests to provide care, support, and resources to the homeless on Cape Ann. Following a needs assessment study in 2011, which identified the distinct need for a safe day space for Cape Ann’s homeless, the group formed the Grace Center, a fully staffed day resource center that moves from church to church in and around Gloucester, MA.

Marina became aware of the Grace Center just this past year, and was impressed with the generosity and hard work the group has put forth to help those less fortunate in our community. Theirs is a valuable mission, and (unfortunately) reflects a growing problem Cape Ann faces in supporting an increasing homeless population.

Marina came up with the idea to “come together in song” in support of this important cause. Together with her husband Bernardo Baglioni, as well as a special guest appearance by Gloucester police Chief Campanello, she put on an intimate acoustic performance in one of Gloucester’s beautiful churches. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Grace Center, and Marina is proud (and pleasantly surprised!) to have raised over $1,000 in donations to the organization.

“It’s an honor to lend my music to a cause like this, and to support our community the best way I know how — in song,” Marina says. “I have received so much support from my hometown over the years, and I love this place through and through. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to give back!”

To learn more about the Grace Center, and to donate, please visit:

http://gracecenterinc.org/

Songs for Nepal: Online Benefit Concert LIVE from Italy!

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On Thursday, May 14 at 6pm EST, Marina will be performing LIVE from Italy in duo with Bernardo Baglioni in an online stream through the website Concert Window. All you need is an internet connection to join them in their living room in Florence, Italy for this intimate concert! You can interact with Marina & Berna live during the show… and you will be among the first to hear some new songs!

Click here to stream the concert live on Concert Window!

All proceeds from this concert (ticket donations & “tips”) will be donated to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund for victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake. Concert goers can give as much (or as little) as they like — there is no minimum ticket price to “attend” the show. (Note: this is NOT a generic donation to the American Red Cross — our collective donation will go to a fund specifically dedicated to victims of the earthquake in Nepal.)

Click the link above to join in on the fun, to say hello, sing along, and to give what you can. Music = Community, so let’s join together in song to help those in need. <3

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Surprise Guest to Perform at Health Project Gala

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From the Gloucester Daily Times, October 14, 2014:

The Gloucester-based North Shore Health Project is celebrating 25 years of serving Cape Ann residents infected with and affected by HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C with a gala and concert featuring a top secret musician.

The event, which will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, will feature performances by Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and local singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and former Entrain member Brian Alex, along with a special surprise guest.

“I’m very excited to see this person — he’s got a big draw,” said Susan Gould Coviello, executive director of North Shore Health Project and an Essex selectman. She said she could not release the name ahead of the performance. “I’m thrilled that he’s donating his time to play.”

The North Shore Health Project was formed in 1988, but the group believes this year to be its official 25th anniversary. Coviello said the project is “really ready to celebrate what we consider our 25th year in business.” The group was founded by a concerned group of people tired of losing their friends and neighbors to HIV and AIDS. In 2005, it expanded to include hepatitis C in response to the growing epidemic.

“We got sponsors to help defray the cost, because although it’s a celebration it’s also a fundraiser,” added Coviello about the gala. “We currently serve about 140 clients, and that’s only about a fraction of the people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.”

North Shore Health Project offers medical case management and support groups to its clients, as well as an array of holistic services. Patients can participate in meditation, acupuncture, and reiki, to name a few. Coviello said the staff asks clients for feedback after sessions to gauge the helpfulness of each service.

The holistic services “help reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, it helps them sleep better — and patients take those practices home and [they] help them get through their day and through their week,” said Coviello, who also noted that massages can sometimes be the most human contact some patients have in a day.

Many patients with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C struggle to overcome the stigmas and prejudices associated with the virus and disease. AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity working to prevent new cases, noted that “fear of contagion coupled with negative, value-based assumptions about people who are infected leads to high levels of stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.”

Such stigma can discourage patients from seeking diagnoses or treatment, and can add unnecessary difficulties to day-to-day life.

“The North Shore Health Project has offered case management and more to residents of Cape Ann and beyond for 25 years,” said Board President Donald Maier, M.D. “Its services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client with an emphasis on holistic supports which, combined with strong physician collaboration, ensure that clients are empowered to maintain optimal health during treatment.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org/north-shore-health-project.

 

 

North Shore Health Project Benefit Concert

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the North Shore Health Project, a leading agency for HIV and HCV support in Massachusetts, Rockport Music has put together a benefit concert at its gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center on October 17, 2014. And I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Cape Ann singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Fly Amero, Brian Alex, myself, and other special guests will open up the show with an in-the-round set of original music. Our set will then be followed by renowned folk songstresses Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, whose gorgeous voices, melodies, and lyrics are not to be missed!

Proceeds from the concert will support the ongoing mission of the North Shore Health Project. To get your tickets and to learn more about the concert, click here; to learn more about the North Shore Health Project, click here. We hope you will join us, for great original music and more importantly, for a great cause!