The Found Theatre will present a concert celebrating what would have been the 70th birthday of prolific folk singer and songwriter Phil Ochs on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7pm.
Composer of the patriotic anthem “The Power and the Glory” and a founding member of the Yippies, Ochs raised the modern protest song to a high art. With such classics as “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Draft Dodger Rag” and “There But for Fortune,” he became the voice of the antiwar movement, and with such compositions as “Here’s To the State of Mississippi,” “What’s That I Hear” and “Too Many Martyrs,” he became a voice of the Civil Rights movement. His later songs included “Pleasures of the Harbor” and “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends.”
On the bill for the show are two of the artists who shared much of Phil Ochs’s history: fellow Broadside recording artist Len Chandler, and folk singer Carolyn Hester. Joining them is the producer of the show, “singer-songfighter” Ross Altman, as well as Dr. Neil Hartman, Eva Scherb and Found Theatre stalwart Drayfus Grayson.
To honor the occasion, Smithsonian Folkways is donating its landmark boxed set of Broadside Recordings, including the early work of both Phil Ochs and Len Chandler, to give away in an opportunity drawing. Tickets for the program are $7. The Found Theatre is located at 599 Long Beach Blvd.