On what would have been Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday, local musicians — including Baby Gramps, Amy Denio and Eric Apoe — play a tribute concert at Columbia City Theatre.
Seattle singer-songwriter Eric Apoe has organized a concert celebrating what would have been the 75th birthday of the late, great Phil Ochs, who tragically committed suicide in 1976. The show is one of dozens being mounted around the country to honor a figure from the 1960s whose witty, sarcastic protest songs were on a par with Bob Dylan’s. At the show, you’re likely to hear “Draft Dodger Rag,” “Too Many Martyrs,” “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” which resounded at hootenannies back in the day, as well as the humble prayer, “There But For Fortune,” famously covered by Joan Baez.
Apoe has assembled a first-class lineup, including the Seattle nostrum of hokum Baby Gramps, plus Reggie Garrett, Amy Denio, Kitty Heldwoman, Allison Shirk, Gary Kanter, Tommy Dean, Dionvox, Caleb Walter and, naturally, Apoe himself. The concert is a benefit for MusiCares, the musicians’ assistance wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which hands out the Grammy awards.
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $8-$10 (206-722-2009 or columbiacitytheater.com).