Si Kahn with Chet Briggs in front of the Stone Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts
Si Kahn with Chet Briggs in front of the Stone Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Organize! A Concert with Si Kahn and Joe Jencks in honor of Chet Briggs

Monday, March 13

5:30 pm — Meet and mingle with the performers

7:00 pm — Concert

The Barre Historical Society is proud to announce a concert tribute to long-time Society president and social justice advocate Chet Briggs by his old friend acclaimed songwriter-activist-organizer Si Kahn, accompanied by songwriter and vocalist Joe Jencks.

Si KahnFollowing in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn has been writing songs about workers and their families since the 1960s, including the widely-recorded “Aragon Mill.”  His 16th CD, “Courage,”  was named the #1 CD for 2010 by the North American Folk Alliance.

Si has worked for over 45 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician. He began his organizing career in 1965 with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He later worked with unions, including the United Mine Workers of America and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

In 1980 Si founded Grassroots Leadership, a Southern-based national organization, and served as its Executive Director for 30 years. Grassroots Leadership has worked to oppose privatization and to defend the public sector, including a campaign to abolish for-profit private prisons, jails and immigrant detention centers.

Si is the author of three widely used organizing handbooks, “How People Get Power,” “Organizing: A Guide for Grassroots Leaders,” and “Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice.”  He is the co-author (with public/feminist philosopher Elizabeth Minnich) of “The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy.”

Joe JenksSi will be joined at the Old Labor Hall by international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator Joe Jencks. Joe is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever relevant, “Lady of The Harbor“, Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America, and is the co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun.

Joe Jencks has been touring internationally for nearly two decades, as an award winning songwriter and co-founder of Brother Sun. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit

Si Kahn was long-time friend of Chet Briggs. His song “The Old Labor Hall” was written following Chet’s death in 2014. This is your chance to hear the Old Labor Hall’s anthem sung by the man who wrote it.

Henry Huang,  Chet’s longtime friend and cooking partner for many local fundraisers, will be preparing delicious treats for you to same during the mix and mingle.  These Chinese refreshments are typically served as dim sum dishes or appetizers, including dumplings, spring rolls, steamed cakes and almond cookies.

Reservations are suggested. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door with cash, check, or credit card.

Online ticket sales are closed, but tickets are still available at the door – $25 for meet & mingle and concert ; $15 for concert only.

For more information or to make reservations:

  • email
  • call (802) 479–5600
  • text (802) 331-0013

Concert sponsored by:

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