"Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers. 'Never Surrender' contains an urgency and earnestness that is uniquely his...and he's a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like 'Ya Basta!' and 'Picketline Song' will be heard at the barricades for years to come."
--Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
Evan Greer is twenty-three years old and lives somewhere between the Greyhound bus and your couch. Equally at home leading singalongs in a union hall, working with youth in a classroom, or sweating in a basement punk show, his lyrically driven and energetic songs speak to people of all generations who care about social and environmental justice. His powerful voice and presence often lead him to leave the microphone and stage and stand facing the crowd with nothing but an acoustic guitar and a whole lot of passion.
Evan is a founding member of the Riot-Folk! Collective, and has toured internationally, sharing stages with artists like Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Billy Bragg, Chumbawamba, Pete Seeger, Boots Riley, Immortal Technique, Pamela Means, State Radio, Anne Feeney, Emma's Revolution, and Mr. Lif. He recently completed a 6-week, 1600 mile bicycle-tour of Florida, and has toured with renouned folksinger Anne Feeney as well the as the up-and-coming political hip-hop band Broadcast Live.
Evan seeks to use his music as a tool for spreading social movements and building communities of resistance. First and foremost he is dedicated to organizing and activism, and uses his tours to promote and often fundraise for various grassroots campaigns.
His newest CD, "Never Surrender" displays both his lyrical and musical talent and the 15 original songs shine with the addition of a fantastic band including vocals from Taina Asili (formerly of Anti-Product, and currently of La Banda Rebelde), Pat Humphries and Sandy O (better known as the popular folk duo Emma's Revolution), Anne Feeney, and NYC singer/songwriter Mimi LaValley. Also featured are members up and coming hip-hop band Broadcast Live, and Boston-based hip-hop saxaphonist AfroDZak. Greer plays guitars, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo and is joined on various songs by a cello, drums, bass, organ, violin, trumpet, and junk percussion. The disc comes in a 100% post-recycled cardboard package featuring beautiful political artwork by the Beehive Design Collective.
In addition to musical performances, Evan has recently begun offering a series of participatory Social Justice workshops geared towards high-school and college-age folks - Connecting the Dots: Social & Environmental Justice Workshops. These interactive presentations weave together music, discussion, visuals, and popular education games in an effort to draw out the connections between different forms of oppression and struggles towards liberation. Currently, he offers these workshops:
*Connecting the Dots of Climate Justice
*From Activism to Organizing
*Radical Healthcare for Communities
*Climate Change and Mental Health
*Direct Action, Strategy, and Tactics
-ask about others!
Evan has no booking-agent, record label, booker, glossy presskit, shrinkwrapped CDs, or anything like that. If you are interested in booking a show or having music at an event, you can contact him directly via phone or e-mail. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-852-6457 for booking.
"Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. He reminds me of Phil Ochs."
--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
"Evan feeds off the energy of the crowd, putting some of the punk back into the sound with a raw and passionate performance. Being in the crowd at an acoustic show where the kids genuinely care about the message and dance and sing along with fists in the air in a crowded basement or open performance space, is a whole different type of folk show from the typical coffee house style. It's refreshingly alive and a striking contrast to sitting down and listening to someone singing about their feelings."--Urban Folk, NYC
"Phenomenal activist folk!" --Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM
"Evan's vocals are clear and definitive as he weaves a story around his concise guitar playing!" --WERU-FM Radio, ME