The Occuponics is a musical collaboration inspired by the energy, experience and values of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Founded by musicians Paul Stein on accordion, melodica, claviola, and vocals and Stephen Carl Baldwin on guitar, percussion, and vocals, The Occuponics is inclusive, eclectic, and participatory. Paul currently anchors The Occuponics and is joined by other musical agitators.
Master song parodist Dave Lippman tops himself with “Bank The Knife,” a scintillating update of the classic Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht song. Incidentally, Dave will be playing in Brooklyn, Friday, June 1, at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Show time is 8pm.
This past Earth Day, West Coast musicians including Occupella, Hali Hammer, Country Joe McDonald, the Freedom Song Network, and many others joined to sing Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land is Your Land.” This song is also featured prominently in the repertoire of The Occuponics and The Guitarmy.
Hali Hammer is also working on editing a video that will capture the nationwide performance of this song on that day. The Occuponics took part in that outdoor event and successfully played even while being buffeted by a Major Northeaster, and we’ll post video of this performance (the Occupy/Ocupemos Sunset Park Sing Out for Earth Day) soon.
Occupella formed in late 2011 to add musical support to the Occupy Wall Street movement in the greater Bay Area. The Occuponics salute them and include this video showing the band in action. We fully agree with co-founder Bonnie Lockhart’s comment that the purpose of a musical group in a social movement context “isn’t going to be performing, it’s going to be about getting people to sing.”