If you are concerned about the dangers of fracking, the threat of drones, or the violation of our civil liberties by the NSA, then you should appreciate the music and message of Mike Stout. Stout is a socially conscious singer/ songwriter and community leader, who raises awareness about local and global economic injustice. His latest album Time to Build a New World will be released on October 25th with a concert at Club Cafe. He will be performing along with his band the Human Union and opening act The Hipsters. Proceeds will benefit the Marcellus Protest Group to aid their efforts to stop fracking in Allegheny County parks.
Stout began his music career in New York in 1968. Eventually he moved to Pittsburgh to work in the steel mills, and was even elected as the union’s Head Grievance Man, until the mills closed in the 1980s. Stout sprang to action after the closings and organized a benefit concert to help the unemployed. His efforts also brought national attention to the issue, helping to extend benefits to those still out of work.
After all these years, Stout continues to write relevant songs that address current social and political issues. In Time to Build a New World, his fourteenth album, he covers subjects like our dependance on fossil fuels, our shortsighted implementation of fracking, and our isolating addiction to technology. If you share Mike’s concerns, head out to the event and show your support. Tickets are $20, and are going to a good cause.