Legendary 1960s songwriters next Omnibus Lecture at IPFW – 4/27/2011

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Legendary 1960s Songwriters Next Omnibus Lecture at IPFW
Free Tickets Required

(March 30, 2011) – The 2010-11 Indiana University-Purdue University (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series concludes the season with legendary 1960s songwriters Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Rush and McDonald will present, “Activism: Then and Now.”

FREE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS LECTURE. For the convenience of patrons, and so that no guests will be turned away, free tickets will be available beginning April 4 and can be requested at 260-481-6555, boxoffice@ipfw.edu, or the Schatzlein Box Office in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center, Monday through Friday, 12:30-6:30 p.m.

In a moderated format with acoustic musical elements, Tom Rush and Country Joe McDonald will discuss how music was used as an outlet for social commentary and protest in the 1960s, and society’s response to national issues today.

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and its renaissance in the
’80s and ’90s. His music left its stamp on generations of artists including James Taylor, Garth Brooks, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris. According to Rolling Stone, Rush ushered in the singer/songwriter era with his album, “The Circle Game.”

Country Joe McDonald straddles the two polar events of the ’60s: Woodstock and the Vietnam War. The first Country Joe and the Fish record was released in 1965, in time for the Vietnam Day Teach-In anti-war protest in Berkeley, Calif. He sang one of the great anthems of the era, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag,” to an audience of a half-million at the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival in 1969. McDonald
will also perform in Fort Wayne on Aug. 12, 2011, as part of the Botanical Conservatory’s Botanical Roots 2011 Summer Concert Series.

The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series brings six distinguished speakers to the university and the northeast Indiana community each year. The
series, in its 16th year, is committed to presenting diverse perspectives through educated, respected, and entertaining speakers. Omnibus is made possible with the support of the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation and publicized with support from Northeast Indiana Public Radio and WANE-TV NewsChannel 15.

The 2010-11 Omnibus Lecture Series is held in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center in the acoustically superb, 1,600-seat Auer
Performance Hall. The music center is located on the north end of campus behind the Medical Education Center, in the arts plaza next to Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building.

Due to campus construction, attendees should plan to arrive early, allowing additional time for traffic and parking. Only drop-off and
eight handicapped parking spaces are available directly in front of the music center building.

For location or parking maps, more information, or a downloadable speaker photo and bio, visit omnibuslectures.org or contact University Relations and Communications at 260-481-6808.

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