Paul Stein uses his accordion, melodica, claviola, voice, & original songs to support peace, justice, & the environment. Co-founder of The Occuponics, who were active throughout Occupy Wall Street, he can be heard at marches, demonstrations, rallies, & vigils all around the New York City area, often with the Filthy Rotten System band.
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.Photo by Dennis Flores
With leader Bud Courtney on guitar and vocals, Jim Reagan on guitar and vocals, Brian Hynes on bass guitar, Jack Courtney on percussion, Raymond Todd on trombone, and Paul Stein on accordion. And Carmen Trotta waiting in the wings for his Elvis gig. Thanks to Bill Ofenloch for photo.
The Filthy Rotten System band led by Bud Courtney at the Kairos Imagine a World Without War Peace Vigil. Members playing today included Anthony Donovan, Jim Reagan, and Paul Stein. Photo by Anthony Donovan.
As in previous years, The Filthy Rotten System (a Catholic Worker band) provided musical support for a moving all day Ash Wednesday vigil that traveled to detention centers in New Jersey protesting our government’s oppression of immigrants. The day ended at the Elizabeth Detention Center, which is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America, a key member of the Prison Industrial Complex. Various New Jersey jails that we demonstrated in front of also make big bucks as contractors to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). A coalition of community and religious groups led by Irate & First Friends sponsored the event. (Photo credit – Irate & First Friends)