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Kirk Family Band: Proto Blog

New Years Needham - December 31, 2007

This event was a massive success for all the venues and perfoamnces. We had 200 people - great crowd all ages and a really warm reception. Katherine was great on keys and harmonica, Jackson as usual laid down the killer sax and guitar. Just a great time- Thanks to you all!

Peace event in NH - October 30, 2007

Thank you to everyone who came to the event organized by Sue Hay and Mothers Uniting" I think we will be doing more with you guys. Special thanks to the kids who joined in the band. Peace to you all.

Village Fair Newton - June 6, 2007

Outsorrs in the sun for a 45 minute set. Very mellow and happy crowd. Thansk to everyone for a great early summer musical day.

Boyle's 40th - BC Club - April 28, 2007

Not only did we enjoy ourselves for this gig but as oyle said _Everyone just en joy myself" - so we did that also. Glad to provide Jim with a microphone - good time had by all...

Lincoln Street Coffee - March 30, 2007

Peter asked us back again and Katherine was on Piano for the set. It was a wonderful and fune time! Thanks for all your support!

Peace on Earth Event 12-30 - January 5, 2007

Melida and Carlos Arredondo organized this event to fund raise for peace efforts. It was a blast to play and very sobering and informative during the learning sessions. We opened for Pat Scanlon at the first annual Peace on Earth event at the UCC church in JP. Their freind Luis Jara joined us on drums - pictures to eb posted soon. It was a good size crowd of about 75. So many wonderful and peaceful people. Carlos left to be in Seattle for the Lt. Watada trial. We will post a link to "people united for peace" - Thank you to everyone for such a warm reception.

Recent Coverage in Needham Times /Veteran's for Peace - November 20, 2006

Full story at the following ling or excerpt below
The John Kirk Family Band set a mood of peace and remembrance with father John on guitar, harmonica,
and voice, son Jackson on a bluesy sax and daughter Catherine and Jackson alternating on piano. Kirk also
offered commentary:
This [resignation] was a major shift in the political landscape, but it also says
something about the moral bankruptcy of our president that it wasn't the number of dead but the 51
senators that moved him to action."

Samaritans Benefit with Debora Jackson - October 21, 2006

What a blast - Blue set with Debora "The Voice" Jackson Rev at the baptist church. Curtis Rheingold on drums. Its about as loud and rocking as we have played. The other youth bands were so welcoming and the whole event was fun for all. Unfortunatley the event ended tragiclaly with the news of the deaths of two Needham youth in a car accident. There is so much more work we have to do.

Benj - July 2, 2006

My old college buddy Jim Bejamin lead the Akin Gump team which wrote the brief for the Hamden case. See press below - He is making a difference. I am proud to know him.
- Statement by Barry Kamins, President of the NYC Bar Association,
Regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
The New York City Bar Association applauds the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which ruled that the military commissions created by President Bush’s Executive Order in November, 2001, cannot be used to try detainees designated by the president as “enemy combatants.” The Association participated as an amicus in this case, and the issues addressed in Hamdan have occupied the Association for nearly five years. In December, 2001, the Association issued a comprehensive report on the military commissions, by its Committee on Military Affairs and Justice, in which we criticized many aspects of the commission framework and process, and stressed the utility of the military law system and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In his majority opinion in Hamdan, Justice Stevens relied heavily on the availability and integrity of the military justice system in reaching his decision.
The Association also has consistently maintained that persons designated as enemy combatants are covered by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. While the Geneva Conventions are generally perceived as applying to prisoners of war, Common Article 3 establishes a level of basic protection for all those detained in the course of conflicts such as the current conflict with al Qaeda. The government argued that these detainees as a result of the conflict with al Qaeda are not covered by the Geneva Conventions, and thus are essentially unprotected by any law. The Supreme Court today ruled squarely that Article 3 applies to these detainees. This necessarily provides the detainees with not only procedural protections but also the right to humane treatment, a right that had been flatly rejected by the Bush administration.
The Hamdan decision is a historic affirmation of the separation of powers, and checks and balances, which are the hallmark of our constitutional system. It also underscores the primacy of the rule of law in this country. No person or institution is above it. And, the decision gives meaning to our treaty obligations, as one nation in a community of nations that have legally obligated themselves to the preservation of human rights.
The Association thanks the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and its team led by James Benjamin for its amicus brief that so effectively presented our position on Common Article 3. The Association will continue to engage the fundamental questions of the structure of government, our legal obligations and the balance between civil liberties and national security in these challenging times.
About the Association
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public.

Roots Rock - May 6, 2006

Thank you to everyone who came to the Rock for Research benefit gig last night at Lincoln Street Coffee. You donated over $300 for the Jimmy fund which was fantastic. Thank you - Pat Keating was delighted.

You folks must have bought some coffee and pastry also because Peter asked us back in the fall. Hope to do the usual NH festival and bar hop this summer. We'll keep you posted. Thank you all for all of your generous support and time. Peace John

Site Song Order Narrative - May 2, 2006

The Poem Blue America (next entry below) is an attempt to tie each of the songs on the CD together into a coherant narrative. Perhaps a little background is called for here. Of all the songs we play regularly, we selected the songs on "whererwegoin" because they were written to address issues of war and peace. Having defined the set of songs we needed an order for the printed CD. In the end we chose the order based on the principle that we should put those songs which best represent our sound - balanced sax and voice - first and then alternate songs based on their emotional content (like a gig set). We specifically resisted the temptation to force a narrative onto the song order - like a false kind of conceit - like a 70s concept album. But here on the site under the music tab we have had the chance to experiement with mutiple song orders. Playing with that process late into the evening we found that a narrative emerged which makes some sense. Check it out below or under the music tab. Under the music tab each line of the poem is shown with the song which inspired it and you can listen to each song in sequence to have a kind of musicaL narrative experience. Give it a try and let us know what you think... Below is the poem alone.

whererwegoin - May 2, 2006

In Blue America
The People Have Hope
When A Soldier Dies
When A Parent Remembers
When Our Coutry Betrays Its Principles
And Torture Leaves Its Scars On All Of Us
You Can't Stop Us On Our Road To Freedom
We Will Guide The Children
Away From Empty Pride And Greed
Beacuse Its Not In The Road That You Walk - Its Where And When That you Choose To Smile
It's Listening To The Spirit
If We Act On What We Hear, We Can Make a Small But True Contribution
And Share The Vision Of Justice With Others
So That Hope Will Spread To All The People

ITS HERE! - April 27, 2006

The new CD whererwegoin came in finally today. Looks good - Sounds good CD Baby will have it for sale in about 10 days - more to come - JK

Show Last Friday - February 3, 2006

Just a brief note to thank everyone who cam eout last friday for the show put on by Pat Keating and company of Rock4Research at Lincoln Street Coffee House in Newton Highlands. It was a great night with a truly warm spirit in the room. Folks came from all over. Thank you to everyone who made the trip. Looks like we may do it again in April. Watch for the performance to be shown on Roots Rock Live in the next month or so. Peace

Love is Alive - January 4, 2006

Last week about 10 children and 4 adults agthered and recorded as a group. Folks from The Congragationa Church in Needham, Southfield and friends. We produced two songs one of which is on the site under music in a raw form "Love is Alive" and the other is coming soon. The children ranged in age from 15 to 7 and the room was small and hot but the everyone was so focused on the music they did not seem to care. We all had a ton of laughs, and did great singing and applauded one another, just a real positive experince. Please pass along feedback and we will pass it to the kids.

New Date - December 4, 2005

Some folks might remeber us playing on Pat Keating's Roots Rock Live TV program in the early fall. Based on a conversation with the guys from Sister Hazel Pat is starting an organization to raise money for cancer research and asked us to play at the opening January 20. See the dates tab fo more info - should be a great show ...

Fall - December 3, 2005

Whoa - its beena hectic Fall and left unattended this website has been active. Folks from over 40 countries have downloaded the music. We have a bunch of invitations to play from England to North Carolina to New Mexico. Thinking about maybe playing on a family trip this summer. Pretty exciting! Looking to record a bunch more stuff over Christmas time and will keep folks posted. Thanks to everyone who signed up for the mailing list. We will be in touch.

New Song - September 3, 2005

We recorded Heaven Help Me as planned at the end of August - posted now under music. This song is as close to the sound we have been trying for as we have gotten so far. Have a listen! Also looking for someone who can connect the song with clips of the horrendous New Orleans situation and make something, which will really communicate and raise the general consciousness regarding poverty, racism and power in America. Kids are holding a bake sale to raise money for the victims. Still trying to figure out what to do…

Camp Casey - August 31, 2005

Just back from crawford - it was unbeleivable. Really moving and wonderful. more soon - just too tired for now. But peace is possible. That is for certain.