People's Music: Songs of the IWW June 6th

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People's Music: Songs of the IWW 

Folk/punk musician and storyteller Shannon Murray, hailing from the northwoods of Minnesota, is set to ignite the stage at the Minnesota Discovery Center on June 6th at 6pm with their captivating presentation of  "People's Music: Songs of the IWW."  Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Murray's performance promises an unforgettable blend of music, storytelling and social justice history. 


The IWW labor union, affectionately known as the Wobblies, uses music as one of their most persuasive organizing tools in the fight for justice.  Tom Morello writes of the IWW’s music, “The IWW literally wrote the book on protest music. These songs, some written many decades ago, address the same issues facing us today: poverty, police brutality, immigrant rights, economic and racial inequality, militarism, threats to civil liberties, union busting.” From Minnesota's own labor history to the startling revelation of Wobblies in their own family tree, Murray's presentation is a testament to the enduring relevance of the Wobbly legacy connecting past and present day struggles through song. 


Shannon Murray is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


Join us for an evening of music, history, and solidarity. For further information and inquiries, please contact: