For Pete – A Call To Arms For Portland’s Music Faithful

[If you wish to skip the verbiage below and just go to the page with the info and donate to Pete, click here.]
pete and rebeccaSee that handsome fellow over yonder there? That is my pal Pete. Pete Krebs. Looking very dapper and extremely happy with his lovely wife, Rebecca Birdie Krebs.

Pete is a lovely man and one of the nicest guys I know. He’s also a Portland Music institution. And unlike most guitar aces I’ve known in my time, Pete is the least ego-driven guy I know. If anything, he’s been all about helping others and supporting community and bringing up the underdog wherever he can.

I should know, because he’s done it for me. Several times. Plus he’s a patient and wonderful music teacher also.

He got his start in a seminal 90s punk band called Hazel. Later, he got into American Roots music and then gypsy jazz, and helped launch that and support the Portland Swing community here. And he has other bands I love, swinging that ol’ timey stuff — The Stolen Sweets, The Pete Krebs Trio and Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys.

Pete has given a lot of music, a lot of joy and well, just a lot to his community.

Well, Pete is in need of help. And we need to rally to him, Portlandia.
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Remembering Dr. King 2012, Part Two: TAL, Mike Daisy & Your Apple Products

Factory workers on Electronics line in Shenzhen, China.O.k.,this is the part in which we remember Dr. King and his message of civil rights and social and economic justice, and start to take it world-wide. Or, also, in a sense, closer to home. It has to do with how our desire here in the west, and particularly in the U.S., for the coolest, cleanest, and (relatively) cheap products connects us to the suffering and injustices in the rest of the world, at least from my tendency-to-see-things-as-a-buddhist point of view.

In particular, Shenzhen, China. Where most of this stuff is made.

For this has to do with one self-described “Apple fanboi” and “Worshipper at the Cult of Mac,” like myself, one Mike Daisy, and a show he does from his true story of how he became curious of where these products come from, and what he found when he went to find out. Continue reading “Remembering Dr. King 2012, Part Two: TAL, Mike Daisy & Your Apple Products” »

Remember Dr. King in 2012 by Rebuilding The Dream.

Happy remembering MLK day, y’all. In his spirit, to truly honor Dr, King and what he was fighting for, we’re not going to reminisce about the glories of the fight of the past, but instead, we’re gonna bring it into the here and now and get a bit political with some current social & economic justice. In the U.S. with our own social & economic justice movements in the Occupy Movement, but also world wide. More on that later.

First, a couple of videos to get you in mood —

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