December 17, 2014 at The Legal Aid Society Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children at the Synod House of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan

Legal Aid Party 2014My annual appearance. It has been one of my favorite gigs since I first appeared there in the mid 1980′s. About five hundred children enjoyed hot dogs and candy, face painting, painting, music, an appearance by Santa Claus, and gifts for all. Thanks to The Legal Aid Society for the photo (just published yesterday on The Legal Aid Society web site).

Christmas Day 2014 Holiday Dinner at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in Manhattan

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pope-francis-calls-peace-christmas-day-speech-article-1.2056832 I had a wonderful time on Christmas Day entertaining diners waiting to be seated or to take out meals at the Goddard Riverside Community Center holiday dinner in Manhattan. Thanks to David Wexler and the New York Daily News for the photo featured in an article describing the dinner. Please scroll down the article for the text and picture.
Goddard Riverside 2014 David Wexler for New York Daily News

December 21, 2014 at Make Music New York in the Bronx

Late Sunday afternoon following the Make Music New York Parranda con Paranda music jam organized by the Bronx Music Heritage Center, WHEDco (The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), the Garifuna Coalition, and City Lore. I was present for only part of it, but had fun, and made a tiny contribution (with my “FELIZ NAVIDAD” decorated accordion) to the jam session featuring some great Latino musicians. Thanks to Ariana Hellerman for the photo and for her role in organizing the event.
MMNY Bronx Paranda 2014 Hellerman

December 19, 2014 at NYC Friends of Clearwater Holiday Party and New York State Fracking Ban Celebration

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Friday in Manhattan at the NYC Friends of Clearwater holiday party and celebration of fracking ban in New York, with a great group of activists and activist musicians. I played and sang my “Bah Humbug Polka” and “Chokehold” as part of a musical round robin. While folks were cleaning up the room, I played a selection of Christmas and Chanukah songs with a smattering of fun dances (e.g., polka, tango, hokey pokey). Thanks to Joel Landy for capturing the moment.

December 13, 2014, One Accordion (but not the only one) at the Millions March NYC – Black Lives Matter!

Millions March NYC HellermanThanks to Ariana Hellerman for capturing the moment.Millions March Washington Square Weinstat In Washington Square on Saturday, waiting to step off in the Millions March NYC. It was inspiring to be part of this massive show of outrage at the murder of people of color by the police. I am singing into a microphone on top of the accordion (which also picks up the lower treble side of the accordion) that feeds a battery-powered amplifier hanging by a guitar strap on my left side. Using this setup, civil rights and protest songs could be heard above the din of the march. Thanks to the National Lawyers Guild legal observers (in the green hats) who turned out in numbers to help protect the marchers. And thanks to Ellen Weinstat for the photo.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, the Filthy Rotten System at the Peoples’ Voice Cafe in Manhattan

The Filthy Rotten System had a great time with a large, enthusiastic audience at the Peoples’ Voice Cafe and were fortunate to share the evening with talented Michigan singer/songwriter Steve Deasy. We are leader Bud Courtney on rhythm guitar, banjo and vocals, Jim Reagan on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jeff Schneider on lead guitar, Anthony Donovan on harmonica and vocals, Ray Todd on trombone, Brian Hynes on bass guitar, Jack Courtney on drums, and Paul Stein on accordion. Unfortunately, Jack Courtney and Ray Todd are obscured in this view.FRS PVC 10-11-14Photo by Dennis Flores