Colleen Kattau: No Frackin’ Fundraiser!

May 10, 2012 - 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Colleen Kattau and Some Guys will celebrate the release of the new compilation CD Singing Clear: Clean earth, air, water ’round here with a concert at ArtRage.  The show is in conjunction with ArtRage’s current environmentally focused exhibit Resourced/Response. Singing Clear is the first CD to feature songs about hydrofracking and dependence on fossil fuels and is a benefit production supporting the work of Shaleshock CNY, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC) and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON). The album brings together original compositions by numerous local musicians  including Driftwood, The Horseflies, Thousands of One, national touring artist Marie Burns of the Burns Sisters, and Bev Grant.  At the show, Colleen Kattau and her “Guys” (Jamie Yaman on sax and vocals, Mike Brandt on bass and Ben de la Garza on guitar) will perform their songs from the collection plus more originals with south of the border beats and lyrics hell bent on keeping CNY green and beautiful!

“Music has been one of the most powerful forces in social justice movements throughout American history. This CD continues that inspiring tradition,” said GDACC member Jim Weiss.”  The CD is professionally produced and was mastered in kind by Jocko Randall at More Sound Studio, Syracuse. The 14 cuts on the CD are of diverse musical styles with moods ranging from reflection to outrage to humor.  Half of the songs deal directly with hydrofracking while the remaining ones speak to fossil fuels, clean energy, and social justice, underscoring the connections between environmental issues throughout the Americas. “We are thankful for all of the artists who have contributed to this project,” stated Lindsay Speer, a community organizer with Shaleshock CNY and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation. “Now we can dance as we work to protect NY from hydrofracking and shale gas drilling!”   Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to support these three groups, working together to protect NY from hydrofracking.  In Syracuse the CD is available for sale at the Syracuse Cultural Workers at 400 Lodi St. in Syracuse, the Syracuse Peace Council.  Up-to-date information about purchasing a copy of the CD can be also found on the Shaleshock CNY website at or GDACC at, or at

Contacts: Colleen Kattau (CD creator)   607 745-3192