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Local 1000 AFM

Local 1000 February 2017 Newsletter


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This is our regular monthly email newsletter that goes out to everyone in the first week of each month. It includes reminders, member news and important announcements from the Executive Board and the office.

News from the Executive Board


Local 1000 at Folk Alliance International

Join Local 1000 at this year’s Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City on February 15-19, 2017.

We will continue our tradition of hosting the evening Showcase Free Zone where all are invited to share a song in the circle. Come by and say hi! We will host each night of the conference with Wednesday night being at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night our hosts will be John McCutcheon and Greg Greenway. Friday will be Aaron Fowler and Joe Jencks. Saturday will be hosted by Tret Fure and Jeremy Kittel.

Each session has a theme so check the schedule when you get there for specific theme and time for each circle. We will be in room 639 again this year, so come by and say hi and check out our booth in the convention hall, number 608.

We will also have a raffle drawing for a Deering Vega Ling Neck Banjo signed by both Pete and Peggy Seeger. More information is below.


Membership Meeting at FAI, February 15th

We will have a membership meeting at Folk Alliance on Wednesday February 15th at 4:00-6:00 p.m. All Local 1000 members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Pizza will be available for all who RSVP to Aaron Fowler by Tuesday February 13th at 6:00 p.m. He can be reached at 316.207.4715 or email your pizza request to [email protected]


Local 1000 Raffle: Deering Vega Long Neck Banjo signed by Pete and Peggy Seeger

Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the Local 1000 Banjo signed by Pete and Peggy Seeger! Tickets are $50 each, and we will only be selling 230 tickets (in celebration of 23 years of Local 1000.)

At this time, we have only sold about 100 tickets, so your chances of winning are quite good!

This raffle is open to the public, and there is a limit of 10 tickets per person. The winner will be drawn in February 2017 at the Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to the Local 1000 office or in-person through a Local 1000 representative at Folk Alliance.

Click here for more information


Remembering Pete Seeger Concert and Banjo Raffle Drawing at FAI

The “4th Annual REMEMBERING PETE SEEGER CONCERT @ FAI” will take place on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm in Pershing South at the Weston Crowne Plaza in Kansas City as part of the 2nd Annual Kansas City Folk Festival. The 45-minute concert will feature “Spook Handy the KC Sunshiners.” The band consists of Local 1000 members Spook Handy, Freebo and David Amram. Additional Local 1000 members will be invited to sing harmonies.

Spook Handy is a nationally touring folk musician from New Jersey and a member of Local 1000. He had the honor of performing alongside Pete Seeger dozens of times in the last ten years of Pete’s life. In that time, Spook learned a lot of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Now, Spook is helping keep alive Pete’s tradition through his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour and his new CD “Pete Woody & Me, Volume I – Keep the Flame Alive.” The CD features guest artists and Local 1000 members Folksinger Austin Nash, David Amram, Freebo, Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor), Tret Fure, Eve Goldberg, Charlie Pilzer, Ken Whitely, Kate MacLeod, C,. Daniel Boling, Scott Berwick, Deb Cowan and Laura Dungan.

The Deering Vega Long Neck Banjo Raffle winner will be determined and announced immediately at the conclusion of the concert!


Cyber Union Hall Gatherings

Join us for our next Cyber Union Hall meeting on February 21, 2017, 9:00 p.m. Eastern 8:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 6:00 p.m. Pacific.

If you have not been on one of our Cyber Union calls it is simple. Just follow the link below, download the plug-in at Zoom (1 minute download) and you are in! If you have questions please feel free to call Aaron Fowler, 316-207-4715.

Topic: Local 1000 February 2017 Cyber Union Hall

Time: Feb. 21, 2017 8:00 PM (GMT-6:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/242279409
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16465588656,242279409# or +14086380968,242279409#
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 242 279 409

Other International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=G3A6I3V82YFv4GdbpPrmy0GM_QvcVUy3


Emergency Relief Fund

Please consider helping your brothers and sisters who may need assistance in the near future by making a small contribution to the ERF when you renew your membership or go to www.Local1000.org and make your donation. $5 or $10 dollars will go a long way if enough members make donations.


Canadian Corner


P2 Situation Updates

US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) has increased the fees for all O and P visa petitions to US $460.

More Information is Available Here

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is now advising Canadian members applying for P2 visas to get their application in at least 120 days before the first engagement.

There have been changes to the P2 forms posted on the CFM website. If you are applying, please make sure you download the latest application, which can be found here:

English: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits
French: http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/permis-de-travail

Please contact Canadian VP Eve Goldberg or the CFM for more information.


Member News

Progressive Majority Creative Network

We are happy to share that Local 1000 member Hali Hammer has recently launched a new website, The Progressive Majority Creative Network.

The purpose of this site is to provide a place where activist musicians, performance artists, comedians and those from any other genre can have a page to promote their political material. More information is available at https://progressivemajoritycreativenetwork.wordpress.com


Save The Dates!


Folk Alliance 2017: February 15-19, 2017, Kansas City, MO

Local 1000 Membership Meeting: February 15, 2017, Kansas City, MO


February Birthdays


Finally, we would like to wish the following members Happy Birthday! If your birthday falls in February and you don’t see it listed below, or if the date is incorrect, please send an email to our Birthday Bunny, Deborah Van Kleef with your birthdate, current phone number and email address.


02/01 Rani Arbo

02/01 Joe Jencks

02/02 Jakob Stern

02/03 Cathy Miller

02/04 Edith Wallace

02/06 Steve Eulberg

02/06 Faith Nolan

02/09 Pete Kennedy

02/10 Jennifer Evans

02/11 Ben Deschamps

02/12 Chris Coole

02/12 Michael Miles

02/13 Stephen Suffet

02/15 Carolann Solebello

02/15 Baldemar Velasquez

02/15 Cris Williamson

02/16 Catherine Wilson

02/17 David Borough

02/17 Adrian Gross

02/18 Sonia Rutstein

02/19 Brad Hart

02/19 Carl Jennings

02/19 Paul Taylor

02/21 Greg Artzner

02/22 SJ Tucker

02/23 John Fohl

02/23 Arthur McGregor

02/24 Dave Soroka

02/25 Marcy Marxer

02/25 Jennifer Heitler-Klevans

02/27 Wyatt Easterling

02/28 Ysaye Barnwell

02/28 Mark Westberg

02/28 Paul Ford

02/29 Francis McKenty


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