September 24, 2008

Woodstock concert for Black Mesa

Bearsville Theater to host benefit to help protect Hopi landAn improvisational rock and jazz trio Sunday night will stage a concert in Woodstock to raise money for American Indians battling water, mining and land issues in the Southwest.

Medeski, Martin and Wood is set to perform Sunday night at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, with Apache and Hudson Valley musician Roland Moussa opening the show.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Black Mesa Trust, a nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Vernon Masayesva, of the Hopi tribe. The Black Mesa Trust addresses environmental, health, cultural and societal issues that concert organizers say have arisen over the decades Missouri-based Peabody Energy has pumped water out of Hopi land and mined areas of the tribe's land in the Black Mesa region of northeastern Arizona.
Comment:  Pumping water out of the Black Mesa aquifer is the subject of the first PEACE PARTY story arc.

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