April 23, 7-8 PM
Feeling socially distant? Isolated? Down about the cancelled concerts and events you were looking forward to this spring? As we stay at home to keep our families and communities healthy, it’s more important than ever to stay connected – and we at ARTivism Virginia prefer to connect through art.
Starting Thursday, April 9th, and continuing every other Thursday, the SUN SiNG Collective will be broadcasting from their respective locations across Virginia for “SUN SiNG iN PLACE: Thursday Night Bi-Weekly Concert Series.” We’ll be bringing you an hour of music, spoken word, pipeline updates and action opportunities straight to your living room, kitchen, or wherever you may be tuning in from, every other Thursday!
TUNE IN HERE from 7PM to 8PM every other Thursday night:
We’ll be broadcasting music from individual Collective members and those they’re quarantined with, as well as guest ARTivists and leaders in the fight against the Mountain Valley, Atlantic Coast, and MVP Southgate pipelines, and other threatening fracked gas infrastructure in our region.
Each concert, we’ll be posting information about our guests and partners in the work, so stay tuned on this page for updates!
The SUN SiNG Collective is a group of musicians and visual artists formed in 2019 to create, record, and perform original material to support the work of the broad, deep, and growing coalition fighting fracked gas infrastructure. The group, led by co-producers Graham Smith-White and Kay Ferguson, collectively arranged and remotely recorded “To The River”, and original song by member Joshua Vana, using the Sun Bus, an off-road vehicle with solar-powered recording and concert-level sound capability.
Their work last spring culminated at the SUN SiNG Concert in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the music ensemble has continued to show up to support those fighting for environmental justice in our region.
Tune in! We look forward to seeing you and connecting through song – until we win!
Be sure to check out the ARTivism Virginia page for our alternating Thursday night events – STREET SiNG Workshops!
SUN SiNG iN PLACE: An ARTivism Virginia Concert
Producer: Joshua Vana
Technical Director: Graham Smith-White
Co-producers: SUN SiNG Collective members BJ Lark, Camry Harris, Emily Blankenship-Tucker, Gabe Gavin, Graham Smith-White, Laney Sullivan, Lilly Bechtel, and Joshua Vana, ARTivism Virginia Co-Director Kay Ferguson
Projects of SUN SiNG Collective members:
Camry Harris: Camry Drummer Harris
Emily Blankenship-Tucker: www.afterjackband.com
Gabe Gavin: Bhakti Boyz, Positive Collective
Graham Smith-White: www.solarpoweredmusic.com
Laney Sullivan: www.holyrivermusic.com
Lilly Bechtel: www.instagram.com/__night__teacher__/
Joshua Vana: https://norajanestruthers.bandcamp.com/album/bright-lights-long-drives-first-words (lead guitar)
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.