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Bread and Roses Festival Announces Performer Line-Up


For Immediate Release

July 30, 2013


LAWRENCE, MA. The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee announces the line-up for the 29th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival.

This year’s festival will occur on September 2, 2013, in and around the Campagnone Common located at 200 Common Street in downtown Lawrence, Massachusetts, from noon to 6:00pm. The festival is free and open to the public. Over 4,000 people from the greater Boston and Lawrence areas and beyond attend this annual event.

Three stages filled with over 15 live performances ranging from music to dance to jugglers will entertain festival attendees.

Five-time Grammy nominee, Marcia Ball headlines the main stage festival performers; her band will end the day following appearances by Bread and Puppet Theatre, Odaiko New England Taiko drummers, Emma’s Revolution, and Ten Tumbao.

The second stage boasts the talents of The Good Time String Band, Berklee College of Music’s International String Trio, folk artists Charlie King and Karen Brandow, and local artists Jose Luis Rodriguez and Guillermo Ortiz.

On our kids and family stage, we’ll offer inter-active dance instruction with Veronica Robles, Irish dancing with O’Shea & Chaplin, the New England Civic Ballet, and salsa dance instruction.

The Festival celebrates Lawrence’s labor history and ethnic diversity, and particularly the historic events of the “Bread and Roses” textile strike of 1912. – This year’s Festival will also feature the re-dedication of the new Strikers’ Monument, on the Common, at 12:30 pm.

A History and Labor Section features Lawrence History Live—a tent for lively conversations on labor and the city in past and present. This year, we will highlight the history of the Ettor and Giovannitti Trial, Wobbly Songs, the work of the painter Ralph Fasanella in Lawrence, and the present-day work of numerous labor and social justice organizations.

Many information tables present a full range of cultural and social justice organizations.

Free trolley tours and walking tours around the city highlight the historical sites. Great ethnic food. All events are on or starting from the Campagnone Common in Downtown Lawrence.

Bread and Roses is the only festival in the region which celebrates the true spirit of Labor Day.

The event is free and open to the public. It is a true family event that also includes entertainment for children such as pony rides, jugglers, hula hoops, and face painting. Come join Bread and Roses for Labor Day and learn more about Lawrence’s history, its people and struggles.

For more information, to find vendor applications, to volunteer or to sign-up for the mailing list, go to http://breadandrosesheritage.org or call the office at 978-794-1655. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:

Carmela Lanza-Weil


Festival Phone: 978-794-1655