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Virtual Phil Ochs 80th Birthday Year Celebration and Fundraiser
Our annual Phil Ochs Community Fundraiser at Egan’s Ballard Jam House in Seattle has been foiled by the Corona virus.  Instead, we will hold a virtual show with special guest, Sonny Ochs, the remarkable duo of Emma’s Revolution, some of the top performers from the previous shows, and some yet-to-be-named guest performers invited by Sonny.
This year we will raise funds for Egan’s, our host venue for over a decade.
Sunday, 5/10, 3:00 pm (PDT)
Via Zoom
Contact me at gary@garykanter.com

Virtual Fundraiser for Tri-City Democrats
Friday, May 8, 6:30 pm (PDT)
Via Zoom
Contact:  Carl Baker, hodorbaker@gmail.com



Yes, I have been remiss in maintaining this website.

Mea Culpa!

Three shoulder surgeries over the past three years has limited my activities…all around. Yes, three surgeries for two shoulders…baffles science.  

As the surgeries have basically reshaped my shoulders…I am actually having to relearn how to hold and play the guitar.  It’s been…and continues to be…a long process. 

I have been able to lend my voice to various political campaigns and initiatives which has helped maintain my sanity and sense of purpose.  I have also been continuing my duties as a host “We Do The Work”, our weekly labor-social justice radio program on KSVR-FM97.1 and streaming on www.ksvr.org

I also was able to squeeze in, between rehabs, my latest CD, “We Marched Down This Road Before”…of which I am very proud…thanks to the technical, production, and musical talents of my usual music partner, Greg Deer and Devin Rice, Tammy Kennedy Rice, and cellist extraordinaire, Siri Bardason.
“We Marched…” is available at https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/garykanter3.

So, with great anticipation, trepidation, and two new shoulders, I’m slowly getting back in the game!

10th L.D. Salmon Fest
September 14, 1-4 pm
Pioneer Park, La Conner
Racing back across the state from the Tri-Cities to perform on the same bill with Island County Chair and musician extraordinaire, Steve DeHaven.
The salmon will be provided and cooked by members of the Swinomish Tribe and the event will be formally opened by Swinomish Chairman, Brian Cladoosby.  In attendance will be members of the Swinomish Senate along with a plethora of federal, state, and local politicians.  

Tri-City Democrats
September 13, 7-9pm
W. Richland, Washington 
Greg Deer and I will be heading across the state to the edge of the Hanford Nuclear Reserve to play for the vastly outnumbered and literally outgunned Tri-City Democrats picnic.  Not a lot of D’s out there…but they’re tough…they have to be!

Fundraiser for International Rescue Committee
September 6, 7-9
Cafe Zippy, Everett
We will be raising funds for the International Rescue Committee, which aids asylum seekers worldwide.  It directly aids those fleeing violence from Central America and being welcomed by a criminally-abusive United States government and its for-profit prison industry.  https://www.rescue.org

Northwest Washington Central Labor Day Picnic
September 2, noon to 4
Riverfront Park, Sedro-Wooley
Our 10th consecutive year performing at this great event.
With Greg Deer, Mike Dumovich, and JW McClure

Camano Island Democrats Annual Picnic
Aug. 18, 2-5 pm
South Camano Grange
The gang that was instrumental in flipping both a state representative and county commissioner positions from red to blue celebrating success and planning for the battle ahead.  
With Julie Campbell and Mike Hilley, Greg Deer, Mike Dumovich,  Wayne Lovegrove, and JW McClure.

1st Annual Rosalie Sorrels Memorial Music Festival
June 22-23, Julius Kleiner Memorial Park, Meridian, ID, 10:00 am-7:00 pm (both days)
What an honor to be one of two players (with old buddy, John Sparrow) from Washington to perform at the first of what I hope will be many annual festivals honoring the iconic folk/labor singer, Rosalie Sorrels.  I had the honor of spending a few days with this remarkable lady a couple of years before her death, in the same log home her father had built over 100 years ago.

Justa Concert
June 8, 5:00 pm
Cafe Zippy, Everett, 5:00 pm
Our favorite Everett venue.
with Greg Deer and special musical guest. Leonard Kelley, mayor of the city of Stanwood and Secretary-Treasurer of Snohomish and Island County Labor Council

Songs For Christopher
May 24, 7:00 pm
The Couth Buzzard, Seattle
Our musician buddy Chris is entering the latter stages of dementia.  To share our love we will be gathering at the buzzard to honor him and his lovely wife and fellow musician, Carly with an evening of song and story.

CD Release Show
May, 19, 4:00 pm
Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater. Snohomish
With Greg Deer

10th Annual Phil Ochs Celebration of Life and Community Fundraiser
April 12, 9:00 pm
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
With Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, Greg Deer, Reggie Garrett, Casey Graham, Erika Lundahl, and the Whateverly Bros.
This year’s beneficiary will be “Our Children’s Trust”, the organization supporting young folks suing governments over climate change.

Cafe Zippy
March 30, 5:00 pm
My first scheduled CD release event 
1502 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA 98201

“Tossed Salad” (KPTZ-FM 91.9) 
March 29, noon
My second appearance on former KRAB-FM veteran Phil Andrus’s folk show in Port Townsend.


The Great Hiatus (2016-18)



2015 Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner
Hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice
Saturday, Aug. 1, 5:00 pm
University Christian Church Seattle
4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98105

Summer of Our Power Celebration-Outdoor Benefit Concert
Hosted by Community to Community Development
Sat., Aug. 15, 5:30 pm
Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, Washington 98225
My brothers and sisters working hard to build a world of social justice and major supporters of Washington’s farmworkers union (FUJ).  Main musical guest is Correo Aereo, http://www.correoaereo.us/, an award winning multi-instrumental and vocal Latin/World music duo; performing traditional music of Venezuela, Argentina & Mexico.  I’ll be there to sing “Ballad of Sakuma Farms” and one or two other ditties.

Tumbleweed Music Festival
Fri-Sun, Sept. 4-6
Howard Amon Park
900 Amon Park Drive
Richland, WA 99352
OK…so my friends have been urging me to come to the party in the tri-cities. So this year I took ’em up on it.
I’ll be doing a set Sat. (noon-1:15) at the West stage
Facilitating a workshop on “Songs of Protest & Change” (2:45-3:30) at Workshop Space #II

5th Annual Northwest Labor Council’s Labor Day Picnic
Monday, Sept. 7, 2:00 pm
Washington Ave, Skagit St, Green Leaf St, & S Regent St
Burlington, Washington 98233
Buddies JW McClure, Greg Deer, Mike Dumovich, have played at this event since its start.  No better way to celebrate Labor Day!



Black Dog Cafe
Sat, Jan 18, 7:30
Delighted to be sharing the evening with Mike Antone and Camelia Jade, who provide a delightful blend of North and South American folk music.  Mike can also nail Neil Young like nobody’s business.


“The Joe Show”KBAI-AM 930, Bellingham;s Progressive Talk Radio
Wed., Feb. 12, noon
My second visit to the Joe Teehan’s local progressive talk show, sandwiched between Ed Schultz and Thom Hartmann.  Joe graciously invited me to discuss my upcoming guest host chores, along with Mike Dumovich, on Skagit Valley Radio’s weekly labor show, “We Do the Work”, KSVR-FM, 91.7.  Always a gentleman, he has invited me to do a few songs.  Somewhere, we’ll get a call into Rich Austin, co-founder/host of “We Do the Work.”

Fidalgo Democrats
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:oopm
Anacortes Public Library
The theme of the meeting is the threat of Right to Work legislation always lurking in the hearts of the Republican…excuse me…”majority coalition.”  Lori Province of the Washington State Central Labor Council will speak, after which I will come up and sing “Right To Work Is Wrong!”

Couth Buzzard
Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30
Returning to my favorite independent  Seattle book store cafe for rare evening concert.
There will be the usual Secret Guest who is so secret, even I don’t know the identity.


“Fourth Annual Phil Ochs Celebration of Life at Egan’s Ballard Jam House”
Sat., April 12,  9-11, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Seattle
Our annual spring tradition in which we honor the great songwriter/activist through his music and raising funds for an appropriate cause.  Stay tuned.


Joan McBride for State House Campaign Kick-off
Thursday, May 8, 6-7:30pm
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Ave NE, Bellevue, Washington 98007
Joan was the only one to step up to oppose serial turncoat Rodney Tom in the senate primary election.  She invited me to sing “The Ballad of Rodney Tom” at her campaign kick-off…but when Brother Tom dropped out to tend to his kidney stones…the power elite settled on excellent law maker and superstar Cyrus Habib to run for Tom’s seat and Joan to replace Cyrus.  In any event, I will still be there because Joan deserves support  for having the brass to step forward…and her views are consistent with our shared vision of the Democratic Party.

Unity Fundraiser for local Democratic Candidates
SoulFood Books
, Redmond
Sat., May 10, 8-10pm
My first show at the Eastside’s  oasis of culture since Kevin and Anita assumed ownership from Clint and Sara.  We will be raising funds for local Democrats.  Come and enjoy the music…special guests to perform.

“The Great Hiatus”


Black Dog Cafe
Sat,Aug. 30, 7:30pm
Back to the Black Dog in the foothills of the Cascades.

Labor Day Eve Concert
My first performance in my new home community of Camano Island produced and hosted by the legendary Rev. Chumleigh in the nearly as legendary South End.  No, I am not a left-handed guitar player, despite the pic.


4th Annual Northwest Central Labor Council Labor Day Picnic
We’ve been there for all of them!  Dumovich, Deer, McClure, and me.  No better way to spend Labor Day.


Community 2 Community Development’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Sat., Sept. 6, 4-10pm, Boundary Bay Brewery,
1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360) 647-5593
One of the most fulfilling parts of my life is hooking up with Rosalinda Guillen and her group of social justice activists in supporting the farmworkers of Skagit Valley in their firght for justice with Sakuma Bros. Farms.  It is a great honor to have been asked to perform at this event.

Photo: REMINDER! Our 10th Anniversary Celebration coming soon!

“The Joe Show”
KBAI-AM 930, Bellingham;s Progressive Talk Radio
Wed.,Oct. 22, noon
My third visit to the Joe Teehan’s local progressive talk show, to showcase my new CD, “Forever Vigilant”  and the upcoming release party/farmworkers union fundraiser in November.  We’ll be joined via phone by Edgar Franks of Community To Community Development.

“Forever Vigilant”  CD Release Party/Fundraiser for Familias Unidas Por La Justicia, Farmworkers Union.
Couth Buzzard
Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30
Join Greg Deer, Steve Beck, Maristela Diaz Sanchez, Angelica Guillen, and surprise guests as we debut “Forever Vigilant” and raise funds and awareness for the farmworkers struggle with Sakuma Bros. Farms

Donations accepted.




“Occupy Seattle Music CD Release Party2”
Occupy Seattle, Music in Redmond at one of the premier venues in the area.  Enjoy organic food, coffee, and people.
Sat., Jan.
12 8:00-10:00pm
SoulFood Books, Redmond


“Phil Ochs in Tacoma”
Join Casey Graham, Bill Curtis, me, and a few possible surprise guests as we share Phil’s songs and stories of his life.  King’s Books is one of the favorite venues for social justice music, poetry, and literary readings.
Sat., Jan. 19, 7:00-9:00pm


“Progressive Democrats”Martin Chaney will be hosting the creation and first meeting of Progressive Democrats of America.”  I will be performing a short set after the potluck  dinner…some say a poor scheduling choice for the digestion.
Sunday, January 13, 6PM
Fall City IOOF Hall
4217 337th PL SE
Fall City, WA  98024




“Songs of Social Justice and Other Non-Profit Ventures.”
Join JW Sparrow, and Steve & Kristi Nebel, and me as we share original and semi-original songs of peace, justice, change…you know the drill.
Sat., Feb. 16, 7:00-9:00pm
King’s Books
218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma


Chalet Folk History Poster

“Folk Music as History”
This a five-day Children’s (K-8) series  Cassandra Music is helping to produce with the Chalet Arts Showcase Theatre during Mid-Winter Break.
Phil Hansen- Introduction to Core Concepts “Folk Music as History” Feb 18 11:00-12:30
Daniel Palmer- “Wagon Trains and Ghost Towns” Feb 19 11:00-12:30
Eric Ode- “Folk Songs for Children” Feb 20 11:00-12:30
Gary Kanter “Folk Music as Protest” Feb 21 11:00-12:30
Phil Hansen- Wrap-up/ “Tall Tales & Folk Heroes” Feb 22 11:00-12:30
1721 Wells St,, Enumclaw, WA





“GK at SoulFood Books”
Special Guest:  Mark Turnbull
Grammy-nominated Songwriter/Actor/Playwright/Humorist/Guitar Virtuoso
On loan from his Los Angeles home for a few Seattle gigs.

Join us at the Eastside’s oasis of culture and organic things.
SoulFood Books
Sat., 3/30, 8:00-10pm


Seattle CISPES Benefit Concert
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador
I will be doing an early set prior to heading up to Ballard for the Phil Ochs show.
Sat., April, 20th 6:30-end
Union Cultural Center
8035 King St.,  Seattle


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“Third Annual Phil Ochs Celebration at Egan’s”

Keeping Phil’s legacy alive has become an annual event in Ballard.  For the third consecutive year we will bring a variety of talented performers together to share their favorite Phil songs while raising money for a positive cause.  This year we have our eye on supporting organizations actively working toward firearm safety.Sat, April 20, 9-11:30,

Egan’s Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107



Earth Day in Snohomish 2013

Can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than performing at Earthday in historic Snohomish.

Joining old friends Greg Deer and Mike Dumovich to either honor the Earth that spawned me or enact retribution.  Only the audience will judge.  Come join us and decide for yourself!

April 21, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Displays of eco-friendly organizations,
Educational presentations, Live Music.
1st Street & Ave A


“Second Annual Buzzard Appreciation Day!”A day-long festival of music, poetry, and various performing arts in recognition of the Couth Buzzard’s contribution to our community’s culture and arts community.  Stew Hendrickson will host the day program 10:00-5:00pm.

I’ll be hosting the evening show featuring Bill Davie, Alicia Healy, Joy Mills, and Jim Page along with Jazz trio Ronin and some Theo-selected poets.  Gonna be quite a night.  Saturday, April 27, 7:00-10:00pm



“Songwriters in Seattle Showcase”
It’s been a while since my last showcase with Chris Klimecky’s incredible group.  I’ll be partnered with old friend Rebecca Cohen and Seattle newbie Oliver Rosenthal.  And, what can be better than doing it at the Buzzard?
Sat., May 4, 7:30-9:30 pm


“Farmworkers Dignity Marcha”

Being invited to perform at this event might  be the greatest honor of my musical life.  Gracias a todo!
Maritime Heritage Park in Belllingham
Sunday, May 5, 1:00- 3:00pm
More Info Pending!


“GK and Sin Fronteras in Concert”

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I met this remarkable Latino trio at an event we shared sponsored by “Los Nortenos Writers” last Oct.  They are a marvelous blend of instrumentation, harmony and…well…music!

They have a strong social justice message and perform songs of Chilean folksinger and martyr, Victor Jara.  Those familiar with Phil Ochs,  know how important Jara’s friendship was to Phil, and the toll it took when he was murdered during the US-backed military coup that was responsible for the death of democratically-elected President Salvador Allende.

( Diego Coy will not be able to make it, so compadres Patricia Mazuela and Abel Rocha will perform as a duo)

May 18, 7-8:30
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107 http://www.ballardjamhouse.com



Between preparing our house for sale, Rosalie Sorrels’ 80th Birthday Party, recording “Right to Work is Wrong”, and preparing our house for sale (!), June wasn’t much of a performance month…as will be July.



Open for Alan James at “NW Concert Series”
Once again I am invited to open for a touring performer by series maven Lainey Ballew in Sammamish.
Alan is new to me but after listening to some of his music and humor…let’s rummmmmmble!
$15 (all to musician)
Drinks and food complimentary.
Sunday, 7/7, 7pm  RSVP:  laineyballew@gmail.com


“Stand With Nickelsville!”
Occupy CEHKC!,  a coalition of the homeless organizing efforts of SHARE, WHEEL and Nickelsville, has a two-day event from noon Tuesday July 23 to noon Wednesday July 24. Tuesday schedule: setup at noon; rally at 5:30 pm,with speakers and music; community dinner at7 pm; Homeless Remembrance ceremony at the Tree of Life at sunset; solidarity sleepout overnight. Wednesday schedule: 7 am march to Occupy the meeting of the Governing Board of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County.
July 23 at 12:00pm until July at 12:00pm
Music begins at 5:30 on Tuesday 7/23.
Victor Steinbrueck Park


“The Joe Show”
790 KGMI/KBAI, Bellingham
Thursday, 7/25, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host Joe Teehan contributes to air pollution by having me as a guest for a full hour.
Listen live at kmgi.com

Will be traveling with my venerable compadre, activist, poet, musician, and former Shakespearean actor, Jose Carillo.  Along the way we will check in with the striking farmworkers at Sakuma Farms to see how we can help.  Stay tuned.


“Washington State Labor Council Convention”
July 25-27, Vancouver Hilton Hotel
I will be performing “Right To Work Is Wrong” at the banquet Friday evening.A huge honor!
For more information, call 206-281-8901.


Huelga Workers

Viva La Causa!”
A Benefit For Farmworker Justice
Monday, Aug. 26, 6:30-9:30pm
Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, Washington 98225 (360) 647-5593
Musicians, poets, and activists gather in Bellingham to celebrate the courage of the farmworkers in Skagit County who are engaged in contentious negotiations with Sakuma Bros. The company has intimidated and threatened…but spirit of the “huelga” remains strong.

The event is designed to raise community awareness of what the negotiations are really about and to raise money for the farmworkers and Community To Community which has been a critical spiritual, technicall, and financial resource throughout the process.

Joe Teehan, host of The Joe Show and news anchor on AM 930 Progressive Talk KBAI, will serve as emcee.

Line up:
*Maristela Diaz *Greg Deer *Mike Dumovich *Angelica Guillen *Gary Kanter *JW McClure *Prozac Mountain Boys *Sin Fronteras (Patricia Mazuela & Abel Rocha)

$10 suggested donation (no 0ne will be turned away)

For further information and to donate clothing and children’s items. , contact Malora Christensen at (360)756-2478, maloracc@gmail.com.
To donate directly, go to www.foodjustice.org, click on the “donate” button to the right of the screen or send checks written out to Community to Community Development, labeled “Sakuma Workers’ Fund” to 203 W. Holly Street, Ste. 317, Bellingham, WA 98225


“Third Annual Northwest Central Labor Council Picnic”
Monday, September 2nd, 11:00am to 4:30pm…
Whitmarsh Horseshoe Covered Picnic Shelter, 1720 Whitmarsh Road; Burlington WA 98233
Mike Dumovich, Greg Deer, JW McClure, and I return for our third consecutive appearance at this new annual tradition.  No better place to celebrate Labor Day than with the folks who do the work!


“Sin Fronteras & Friends”
A Commemoration of the First 9/11
Friday, Sept. 20, 7pm, Cilti Latina Folklore, 202 B’way E., Seattle
No Cover

On 9/11/73, the Chilean military with support from our CIA and under the direction of Henry Kissinger, overthrew the democratically-elected government of Chile and murdered President Salvador Allende.  Thousands were rounded up, tortured, and killed.  Among those numbers was Victor Jara, known as the “Pete Seeger” of Chile.  My knowledge of Jara came through my own musical inspiration, Phil Ochs, who became friends with him while visiting Chile.  According to Phil’s sister, Sonny,  Jara recognized Phil on the street and invited him to sing for a group of miners.  Phil sang “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” while Jara translated.  Jara’s murder at the hands of the bloody coup was a major blow to Phil and, it is said, contributed to his downward mental spiral that eventually led to his suicide.


This sad event in the history of both our nations will be recalled Friday  by a group of musicians, poets, and activists.  Join us.


“Viva La Causa! : Seattle”
Tues., Sept. 24, 7-9:00pm
Egan’s Ballard Jam House

Last month we held a benefit concert for the valiant striking farmworkers who are in an economic fight for survival with Sakuma Bros. Farms in Burlington.  We raised $1600 for the workers and Community to Community Development, the social service group that has been underwriting  their efforts and serving as their voice to the community.  Now we are bringing the fight to Seattle.  Come join us and add your voices and money to this worthy cause.  Viva la causa!

Huelga kids and Murphy

(And, yes, that is Murphy showing his solidarity with the kids of the striking workers)




King County Democrats Winter Days Fundraiser with Congressman Jim McDermott
Sunday, Jan. 22, 5pm-7
Richmond Masonic Temple
753 N 185th St, Shoreline, WA
(corner of Linden Ave N and N 185th in Shoreline)
I will be joined by super songwriter-singer Jean Mann as we support one of the best congressional reps in the biz, Jim McDermott.

Washington State Democratic Labor Caucus
Hosted by the  The 35th Legislative District Democrats as part of the Washington State Democrats Central Committee meeting in Shelton.
Friday, January 27,  7:00pm-10:00
Little Creek Casino Resort
91 W. State Route 108, Shelton, WA 98584
Joined by union bro Steve Beck and  12-string guitar legend Mike Dumovich…along with a surprise musical state representative…

“An Evening With Joe Hill and Friends”  Part 2
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe
8310 Greenwood Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103
Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:30-9:30
Featuring Shannon Beck, Mike Dumovich, Gary Kanter, Dan Roberts!    With Special Guest: Joe Hill!!!!

Seattle Peace Concerts Benefit Concert
Blue Moon Tavern
712 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Sunday, March 4, 2012
1:00pm – whatever
My set is 3-3:45 pm

“An Evening With Joe Hill and Friends”  Part 3
SoulFood Books
5/10/12  8:00
15748 Redmond Way, Redmond
Featuring Mike Dumovich, Gary Kanter, Dan Roberts, and Friends

“Politics as (Un)Usual”  Concert
With Special Guest Jean Mann
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
March 15, 9pm

APRIL 2012

“Songwriters in Seattle (SIS) Showcase”
Sliders Cafe, Carnation, WA
April 25, 7-9
My first time at this gas-station-turned eatery and retail mecca for western wear.
Also my first time sharing the evening with Ed Moda, Tom Armstrong, and host Kate Phillips.

“Phil Ochs Rides Again!”
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Saturday, April 28, 2012
9:00pm until 11:30pm

Join us for the second annual Phil Ochs tribute night to benefit the new Folk Relief Emergency Team (FRET) to provide financial and other support to members of the Puget Sound-Area folk community in crisis situations.

Phil was arguably the voice of the 60’s. His songs such as “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore”, “Power and Glory”, “Draft Dodger Rag”, “Small Circle of Friends”, are just a few of the classics that served as the musical score for the era.

Once again we honor his memory not only by celebrating his music but by raising money for a worthy cause. We know he would like that.
Our performers include:
~ Eric Apoe ~ Gary Benson ~ Steve Beck ~ Burgundy Pearl ~ Nancy K. Dillon ~ The Gloria Darlings ~ The Hayburners ~ Robin Holcomb ~ Hounds at Bay ~ Gary Kanter ~

MAY 2012

Music for Mayday
The Royal Room
5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

An honor to share the event with such great talent as:
Maria Mannisto,  Reggie Garrett, Arni Adler, David Russell, Robin Holcomb, Orville Johnson, Jim Page, Mike Dumovich, Jon Hyde.

“Songwriters in Seattle (SIS) Showcase”
Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso
8310 Greenwood Avenue North  Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday, May 5, 7-9

“Occupy Music, Seattle”
Created by Paul Sandoval and Kathe Davis, I will be emcee

Enlighten Cafe
5424 Ballard Ave NW # 101  Seattle, WA 98107, (206) 706-0910
May 19, 7-9

“Cafe Allegro-University Street Fair”
4214 University Way NE  Seattle, WA 98105, (206) 633-3030
The Allegro is the oldest cafe in Seattle
Two days of music coordinated by local maven Eric Apoe
I’m on Sunday, 5/20 2:30-3

“House Concert”
with Steve and Kristi Nebel
Tacoma, WA
Friday, May 25
details to be announced

“In Concert With Bill Davie
Black Dog Cafe (formerly Isadora’s)
8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, 425-831-DOGS (3647)
Saturday, May 26, 8-10

“NW Folklife Festival”
Seattle Center
GI Coffee House hosted by Jim Page
Sunday,  May 27,  4-6
Room to be announced

June 2012

State Rep. Marko Liias CampaignKick-Off”
Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main Street
Edmonds, WA 98020
Thursday, June 28, 5:30-7:30pm
Ticket online: https://secure.actblue.com/page/kickoff2012?refcode=facebook

My buddy, Steve Beck and I help turn Rep. Liias’ sure re-election into a nail-biter.  Stay tuned!

In Concert
SoulFood Books
15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, Washington 98052
Friday, June 29  8-10pm
This is one of the most user-friendly venues in the Northwest.
A multi-age cafe and bookstore which celebrates diversity and multiculturalism.

The Joe Hill show has been postponed to an as-of-yet future date.
Joe Hill Returns to The Couth Buzzard!
An Evening With Joe Hill & Friends” Part 4

 Back by popular demand!
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Avenue North  Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday, June 30, 7-9:30pm

Songs for Rosalie
The Joe Hill show has been postponed to an as-of-yet future date. Instead, we will be having a fundraiser for the legendary Rosalie Sorells who is having some health issues and is unable to travel and perform.  This show will feature the exceptional talents of Kate MacLeod, Kat Eggleston, and Mark Graham.  I will be joining them…probably to park cars and take beverage orders.
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Avenue North  Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday, June 30, 7-9:30pm … Suggest $10 donation.

July 2002

Songs for Rosalie
Our second fundraiser for the legendary Rosalie Sorells  will be at the iconic King’s Book Store in Tacoma and will feature Kate MacLeod, Kat Eggleston,  and me.
Friday, July 6
King’s Books
218 Saint Helens Avenue  Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801
http://www.kingsbookstore.com  … Suggested $10 donation.

Woody’s 100th Birthday Party
Multiple performers honor the world’s folksinger
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Avenue North  Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday, July 14, 7pm-closing

King County Democrats 2012 Picnic
Sunday, July 15 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Lower Woodland Park Shelter #1
1500 N. 50th St
Seattle 98103
With union bro Steve Beck!

Joe Hill Comes to Snohomish County!
“An Evening With Joe Hill & Friends” Part 5
Tim Noah’s Thumbnail Theater
211 4th Street
Snohomish, WA 98290
Join our regular and guest performers at this incredible community-driven venue.
Sat., July 21, 8-10pm

Due to major scheduling conflicts “Joe Hill Returns to SoulFood “will be postponed until further notice. 
Instead, Join my buddy, the great JW McClure, the proverbally lovely and talented Anita Ensley, and me for an evening of songs and stories at this iconic venue and cultural oasis in beautiful downtown Redmond.

Joe Hill Returns to SoulFood!
“An Evening With Joe Hill & Friends”
Part 6

Back by popular demand!
15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, Washington 98052

August 2012

Joe Hill Comes to Tacoma!
“An Evening With Joe Hill & Friends” Part 5
King’s Books
218 Saint Helens Avenue  Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 272-8801
Join our regular and guest performers at this incredible community-driven venue.
Sat., Aug.4, 7-9pm

“Community Barbeque and Concert”
To Benefit 8th Congressional District Candidate Karen Porterfield!
Central Park, Issaquah Highlands
1907 Northeast Park Drive Issaquah, Washington 98029
Wednesday Evening August 8th
3:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“In Concert”
“The May-December Januaries”
My favorite and best-looking violinist and her fiance, Sean Michael Robinson, are delightfully musical as “The Summer Januaries.” Since I am adding age and gravitas…I have commandeered the evening’s title to best describe what our audience might expect.  Enjoy them, folks, as I have heard the are heading to Europe in the near future.
Couth Buzzard Books
8310 Greenwood Avenue North  Seattle, WA 98103
Sat., Aug. 11, 7:30-9:30

“Steff–Almost Solo!”
My giormously talented musician-singer-songwriter friend Steff Kayser has finally stepped into the limelight after making everyone else in the musical universe sound good.  He has finally completed his first CD and will  be debuting it at Egan’s.  Steff will be backed up but many of the artists he has played behind in the past…with one notable exception…who will be acting as emcee.

Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Saturday, Aug. 18, 9-10:30

“Benefit for Eastside Homeless Outreach”
Joe Ingram is a one man social service agency, providing all manner of assistance to homeless men, women, and children throughout the greater eastside.  Come lend your support and hear some great music at Redmond’s oasis of enlightenment.  I will be performing early in the program…but don’t let that stop you from showing up in time to get a good seat and indulge in organic coffee and mind boggling edibles!
SoulFood Books
15748 Redmond Way
Redmond, Washington 98052
Saturday, Aug. 25, 7-closing

“People’s Library”
Due to budget cuts, the Seattle Public Library will be closed for an entire week.  A community of concerned citizens have organized a week-long event consisting of thousands of donated books, activities, and music at a to-be-disclosed location.  I will add my voice for an hour.
Tues., Aug. 28, 7-8

“Solidarity Vigil With #NATO5 and #Grand Jury Targets”
http://www.facebook.com/events/339229702828352/”Many of the techniques used would be intolerable in a democratic society even if all of the targets had been involved in violent activity, but COINTELPRO went far beyond that…the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas would protect the national security and deter violence.”    -Final Report of the Church Committee
Its back and being used against activists throughout the country.  Time to stand together.
August 29 at 12:00pm until August 31 at 12:00pm,
Federal Court House, 700 Stewart Street  Seattle, WA 98101
I’ll be singing 6:00 pm on Wed.

Sept. 2012

“In Concert”
C&P Coffee Co.
5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136 | 206.933.3125
One of the most listener-friendly places around!
Sat., Sept. 8, 6-8pm

October 2012

KSVR-91.7 FM, “We Do the Work” Show
Skagit Valley Community Radio.
Listen to my pre-recorded  interview on labor’s weekly program originating from Skagit Valley College.  Yes, it is located in Mt. Vernon, hometown to broadcast vermin Glenn Beck…but where else could it matter more?
Moderator Rich Austin, retired ILWU tests me with such devastating questions as “Tell us about your background…”and “Who were your musical inspirations?” Then I get to play three songs.  End of interview.  Don’t expect a lot of wisdom and insight.
Monday, Oct. 8, 5:00pm.  KSVR-91.7 FM, http://ksvr.org/liveStreaming.html
If you miss it… catch the archive at: http://www.ksvr.org/archives.html
“Skagit Talks: We Do the Work.”

“Paz Amor y Justicia”
What an honor to be invited to this event sponsored by Los Nortenos Writers.  Live music, drama, & comedy. I suppose I fit into one or all of those categories.
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2:00 pm
Seattle Central Public Library
1000 4th Ave, Seattle

“Occupy Tacoma First Anniversary Celebration”
Before accepting this invitation, I checked with my friends in the Occupy Seattle universe to see if it would constitute infidelity.  The word was: “Give Tacoma our love!”
You got it.
Sunday-Monday, Oct. 14 & 15, Pugnetti Park, 2085 Pacific Ave
I’ll be along sometime Tues., time to be determined!

“Benefit for Real Change Magazine”
My buddy, Pete Tomack, germinated this idea and “invited” me to help organize.  And host.  So join Pete, the Clef-Tones (Steve Beck, Steff Kayser, Steve Peterson, Ron Dalton, Peggy Sullivan), , and me…as well as a few surprise guests in raising money for the voice of the low-income and homeless members of our community.
Friday, Oct.26, 9-12, Egan’s Ballard Jamhouse
1707 Northwest Market Street  Seattle, WA 98107  206.789.1621
Donations accepted
November 2012

“Occupy Seattle Music CD Release Party”
Paul Sandoval and Kathe Davis hosted the original party last spring, featuring a bunch of performers with original songs in the spirit of the Occupy Movement.  Now they have prepared a CD of the event.  Come join us for this blessed event.
Nov. 3, 9:00 PM
Egan’s Ballard Jamhouse

“Occupy Seattle Music CD Release Party2”
Sat. Dec. 15, 7:30-10pm

Couth Buzzard

“Couth Buzzard’s 3rd Anniversary”
A day and evening’s worth of music, poetry, food, beer, wine, and organic coffee to celebrate the iconic venue’s relocation to this Greenwood address.   My set is somewhere after 7:30.
Sat., Dec. 22. 10:00am-10:00pm
Couth Buzzard


King County Democrats 2011 Picnic
Sunday, July 31 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Lower Woodland Park Shelter #1
1500 N. 50th St
Seattle 98103

Gary Kanter & TR Ritchie:  The 30-Year Reunion Tour
(In Time to Save the World!)
Friday, August 5 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Egan’s Ballard Jam House
1707 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA

11th L.D. Annual Picnic 2011
Sunday Aug. 28, 12:0003:00pm
Tukwila Park Gazebo
15460 65th Ave S, Tukwila
Join Steve Beck, Karen Blaine, and me as we use our weapons of mass instruction on the unsuspecting Democrats…and eat while we’re at it!

Northwest Central Labor Council Labor Day Picnic
Monday, Aug. 5  12:00-5:00pm
Skagit River Park, Horseshoue Pit Kitchen Shelter
Burlington, WA
The Laboring Chorus of JW McClure, Greg Deer, and me will be performing our original tunes and getting together for some traditional singalong labor songs.  Rumor has it we will be joined by one multi-talented state legislator!

International Labor Communication Association
Delegate Reception

Thursday, 9/22  7:30-10:00
Athenian Restaurant
1517 Pike Place, Seattle, WA

47th L.D. Fall Fundraising Dinner
Saturday, September 24 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Kent Senior Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent
Steve Beck and I torture a fresh batch of Dems with our weapons of mass instruction…and, of course, eat!

“The Man Who Never Died”
Author Bill Adler discusses his new book about Joe Hill.
I’ll be there to play a few of Joe’s songs and perhaps a few of my own.
Thursday, Oct. 13, Time to be determined
Seattle Labor Temple
2800 1st Ave
(between Clay St & Broad St)
Seattle, WA

Benefit/Rent Party for Teresa Morgan
10/28/11  7:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church – Basement
1215 Thomas Street (2 blks west of REI)
Seattle, WA
Featuring:  Rob Kneisler, The Gloria Darlings, and me!
(Send checks to: Teresa Morgan – c/o Lara Clark – 8031 41st Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115)

Tribute to Phil Ochs & Book Drive for Occupy Seattle
11/4/11  9:00 pm
Columbia City Theater
4816 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Joe Hill Rolling Music Revue
11/19/11  7:00-9:00pm
Anchor Pub
1001 Hewitt Ave, Everett
Mike Dumovich, The Whateverly Bros., Laura Lagerstedt, and me present music from all eras of the labor movement from Joe Hill to Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and beyond.  Ostensibly a fundraiser for the 39th Dem LD, it could be the first in a series of performances throughout the state.

Soul Food Books
15748 Redmond Way, Redmond
This will be my first night at this amazing venueI will be joined by my friend and union bro, Steve Beck along with a possible guest or two.

Songwriters in Seattle  (SIS) Monthly Showcase
Soul Food Books
12/17/11  8:00
15748 Redmond Way, Redmond
Looking forward to my first event with SIS, which, is coincidentally a week after my show at Soul Food!  Life is fun.

Earth Day in Snohomish 2013

April 21, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Displays of eco-friendly organizations,

Educational presentations, Live Music.

1st Street & Ave A


Posted July 27, 2011 by garykanter

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  1. Very nice. Easy to see whats up. LOVE that Banner. Sally

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