Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sometimes I Wish I Still Lived in Washington

See this press release:

ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR) are pleased to announce that three-time Grammy Award- winner, Bruce Hornsby will headline the Disability Rights Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore outside Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 21, 2005. Very special guests, Sweet Honey in the Rock will also perform. Reserved seating tickets go on sale Thursday, May 26th at 10 a.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore box office at or by phone at 301-581- 5100. Special ticketing packages including reception with the artists are available at 202-661-4722 or online at

The event will recognize 15 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and feature a photographic history, Images of the Disability Rights Struggle, as captured by photojournalist Tom Olin.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and other dignitaries will make remarks. The Honorary Co-Chairs of the Disability Rights Concert include: Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Edward Kennedy, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Michael Castle, Congressman Steny Hoyer, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Proceeds from these special performances will benefit ADA Watch/NCDR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of hundreds of organizations united to promote and strengthen the human rights of people with physical, mental, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Bruce Hornsby won the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1986 and went on to sell more than 10 million albums worldwide with a string of hits including "Mandolin Rain," "The Valley Road," "Every Little Kiss," "A Night on the Town," and the socially conscious No. 1 single "(That's Just) The Way It Is."

Sweet Honey in The Rock is a Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble that joins powerful voices and hand percussion instruments to create a blend of lyrics, movement and narrative that variously relate history, point the finger at injustice, encourage activism, and sing the praises of love. The music speaks out against oppression and exploitation of every kind. The septet, whose words are simultaneously interpreted in uniquely expressive American Sign Language, demands a just and humane world for all.


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