CKsquared- A Benefit Show for ArtRage featuring Colleen Kattau and Charlie King

October 8, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Join us for this virtual concert! Charlie King & Colleen Kattau team up once again for an ArtRage benefit show. They will share new and seasoned tunes over Zoom from their repertoire.

About the performers:

Charlie King and Colleen Kattau sing with a common passion that makes you believe the world could be saved by beauty. Their songs are like flowers growing from the hard soil of political realities, rooted in the belief that music can cultivate a new reality by embodying visions in song. Best known for the work they do independent of each other, they’ve been sporadically performing together since 1993. The common repertoire they’ve developed is rich, harmonious and brimful with comic relief.

Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for over 50 years. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. He is the 2018 recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs. Other honors include an “Indie” award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984. In May of 1998 the War Resisters League gave their Peacemaker Award to Charlie and to Odetta. Pete Seeger nominated Charlie for the Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award, which he received in November 1999, and in 2014 he received the Joe Hill Award, a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the field of labor culture.

Colleen is a bilingual vocalist songwriter who stirs listeners with her clear voice, collective spirit and rhythmic sensibility. She’s been called “our lady of peace” and is a beloved singer in her community bringing diverse folks together in song. She has recorded seven albums and three successful benefit compilations for environmental and peace actions, and is
Syracuse Area Music Awards nominee, most recently for her 2020 album Besos Kisses. Her music has been featured on Democracy Now, and she performs at Phil Ochs nights. In 2019 she toured in Italy performing at the International Ritmi y danze dal mondo Festival and the European Ecovillages Conference. Besos/Kisses is her 2020 release. She recently performed backing vocals and a duet with Reggie Harris on his #1 2021 Folk Chart release: On Solid Ground.