Netroots Nation, the largest progressive conference in the country happening July 16-19 in Phoenix, will for the first year ever incorporate music and art as a significant part of the agenda with the Netroots Music Project. The conference will feature performances by nationally renowned musicians, panels connecting artists and activists and much more.
The Netroots Music Project at Netroots Nation 2015 kicks off with a performance by Irene Diaz, Latina torch queen of the American Latin Music movement with her songs about love and an end to hate, and closes with Peruvian-American rapper Immortal Technique, whose powerful beats and lyrics have landed him on the Billboard 200.
Other performances and appearances throughout the weekend include: The Downtown Boys, referred to by Paper Magazine as "the most relevant band in the country" given our country's political climate; The Chapin Sisters, rapper Jasiri X, Eleanor Goldfield of Rooftop Revolutionaries, satirical singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, Bonfire Madigan, Henri Benard of The Dry River Yacht Club, Evan Greer, TRU7H and Bear Kittay.
The conference will also feature panels on integrating music, activism and art, as well as a special folk song sing-along by The Chapin Sisters and Bonfire Madigan. Panels include Women on the Musical Frontlines, Music for Black and Brown Lives and People's Climate March: Music and Art in Service of Social Movements, among others.
"From folk songs in the '60s to rap albums that speak out against today's injustices, music has always been a tool of the people to make our voices heard," said Netroots Nation Executive Director Raven Brooks. "The Netroots Music Project is designed to re-inject music into our current political discourse and support the artists using their voices to speak truth to power every day."
Music, art and activism around immigration and criminal justice are focus areas of Netroots Nation 2015 and the Netroots Music Project. In addition to the 10 music track panels featuring 45 speakers, Netroots Nation will also include more than 80 panels on topics ranging from the 2016 elections, economic populism, immigration and criminal justice, as well a Presidential Town Hall and remarks from Sen. Elizabeth Warren.