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EPIC 40th Anniversary Fall Celebration with Casey Neill, Alice DiMicele and Joanne Rand

You are cordially invited to celebrate forty years of grassroots activism for forest and wildlife protection at the EPIC Fall Celebration on Friday, November 3rd from 6pm-midnight at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. We are very pleased to present musical activists Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Alice DiMicele and Joanne Rand who will be sure to take us on a trip back in time down memory lane, through the redwood curtain and to the roots of the North Coast environmental movement.


6:00          Doors Open/ Music with Joanne Rand & Rob Diggins

7:00          Sue’s Organics Gourmet Dinner

7:30          Sempervirens Award Ceremony for Judi Bari

9:00          Alice DiMicele

10:00        Silent Auction Closes

10:15        Casey Neill & the Norway Rats

We will be serving up an organic locally sourced gourmet dinner catered by Humboldt County favorite, Sue’s Organics kitchen crew. Sue’s Organics began as a vegan catering business in Humboldt County, California. Their mission is to make the most delicious organic vegan combinations of dressings, sauces and food available to the community.

During dinner, we will be honoring the late Judi Bari with the Sempervirens Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her renowned environmental, labor and social justice leadership. Bari’s

activism with Earth First! and philosophy of nonviolent protest set the tone for success of Redwood Summer and future direct action movements against corporate logging.

Judi Bari was far more than simply an environmentalist; she was an avid advocate for workers, and the rights of working people. In addition to being a prominent member of Earth First! Judi was also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and spent tremendous time and energy not only working to slow the destruction of the last of the old-growth redwoods, but also to organize and cooperate with timber and mill workers, many of whom knew and understood the consequences of the destruction of the forest would also mean an end to their jobs and way of life.

After the awards, we will have a throw back experience dancing on the ruins of multinational corporations with Casey Neill and the Norway Rats and Alice DiMicele.

Casey Neill has been engaged with EPIC and the forest protection movement since the Headwaters era. The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy rave-ups and haunting sonic reveries built around narrative songwriting. Their latest CD/LP “All You Pretty Vandals” garnered rave reviews from national press, online blogs, and widespread radio play. His songs are stories of American life, anthems for social change, and occasionally something about outer space. The Norway Rats are Chet Lyster (guitar), Kathryn Claire (fiddle), Jesse Emerson (bass) and Stuart Murray (drums). Casey Neill tours extensively throughout the US, Japan, and Europe with the band and solo. A new record ‘Subterrene’ is slated for release next year.

“Reclaiming tradition and social consciousness as weapons of resistance and tools for significant societal change, Neill appeals to our desire for collective experience, spinning touching and uplifting stories of hope, dignity and progressive politics. Be it through raucous rockers, fragile acoustic ballads, passionate bursts of punk fury or soulful touches of Irish folk, Neill’s narrative talent and concern for real people’s struggles stand out.” – Marco Rivera, SPLENDID

“I hear the passion in his singing” – Pete Seeger

Alice DiMicele seeks to uplift the human experience through music. Her lyrics are love incantations to the elements earth, water, fire, and air. Drawing from a rich musical background including folk, jazz, funk, rock, and soul DiMicele’s acoustic music incorporates many styles creating a fresh funky stew all her own. With her powerful band behind her, or alone with her acoustic guitar Alice’s multi-octave voice soars high and rumbles deep. As a lyricist and singer DiMicele invokes passionate emotion.With thirteen self-released albums and almost 30 years of touring under her belt, DiMicele is a master of her craft and knows how to delight her audiences be it on a large festival stage, a theatre, or a house concert.

Touring nationally for 30+ years playing original “Psychedelic-Folk-Revival” music, Joanne Rand has just released her 16th indie CD of original songs. Rand’s vocal styling is all her own: “magical and luxuriant, like the best brandy in the world” (-No Depression). Her songs have been called “Nothing short of brilliant,” by Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “Joanne Rand’s voice raises your hair. Elegance and fierceness in the same deep breath,” writes poet Gary Snyder. Rand’s 2015 & 2016 CDs both made the folk DJ most-played-list nationwide and are receiving worldwide airplay.

Born and bred in the Deep South, Rand has performed in Manhattan, L.A., Toronto, Atlanta, Seattle, Hawaii, Alaska & the Amazon. A North Bay readers’ poll once voted her “Best Acoustic Band.” Based in rural Northern California, with a BFA in music composition, she has performed alongside such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Micky Hart, John Hartford, John Trudell, Dougie McLean.

Rand’s songs reflects a wide array of styles (folk, rock, jazz, Celtic, psychedelic, gospel), weaving tales of: War, peace, loyalty, betrayal, hope and humor. “One of the year’s freshest, most distinctive offerings.”-Roots Music Report.

Rob Diggins will accompany Joanne Rand. Diggins is a principal violinist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and San Francisco’s Magnificat and will be showing off his fusion, folk, world music and psychedelic rock chops as well as his classical virtuosity.

Volunteers are needed to help with the production of this event. If you are interested in getting involved, please email or call 707-822-7711.

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This year’s silent auction will be amazing! Come prepared to do your holiday shopping with all proceeds going to an important, effective and local cause that benefits wildlife and wild places.

We have rounded up a family trip to Disney Land with accommodations, original artwork, locally crafted products, gift baskets, Dandelion Herbal Center’s “Beginning with Herbs” course, overnight stays at Benbow Inn and Airbnb, artisan jewelry, leather masks, hand crafted ceramics, gift cards, redwood and paddle adventure tours and more!!


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