ROCKLAND — The Midcoast Justice Singers will be stepping out onto the streets of downtown Rockland for its first public performance, Tuesday, October 22, at 5 p.m., at the corner of Park and Main streets (Chapman Park).
Midcoast Justice Singers (MJS) is a multigenerational group dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the American historical tradition of protest singing. From the Colonial period to the present day, citizens have raised their voices through music to unite their communities in times of struggle and division.
"This is a movement as much as it is a musical group," said MJS organizer and Rockport resident James Cook, in a news release. "We welcome everyone who has a cause in their heart and a voice to lift."
Their first performance will feature contemporary music, such as One Voice by the Wailin' Jennys, as well as classics from the American protest songbook, such as We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In honor of the tradition of American protest, Midcoast Justice Singers performs in the street and where protesters meet.
Singing will begin in the middle of Midcoast Indivisible's weekly vigil and radiate outward.
"This is a musical movement," said Cook. "We will move as the heart wills."