LAWRENCE, MA — As the region’s only true Labor Day festival, the 35TH Annual Bread & Roses Heritage Festival is an open-air arts and music festival honoring Lawrence, Massachusetts’ multi-cultural roots and rich labor history while commemorating the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. This day of activism and family fun will be held on Labor Day. September 2 from 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Campagnone (North) Common, GPS Address: 200 Common Street, Lawrence, MA. The Festival boasts three stages of socially conscious performances, an array of family activities, rows of community vendors, historical trolley and walking tours, culturally diverse food offerings, a community forum, and more! There no cost to attend.
● Bread and Puppet Theater- One of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country, Bread and Puppet will bring its Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis production for old and young to enjoy.
● STL GLD: Multifaceted and complex, their live show incorporates elements of hip hop, rock, punk, and cinematic orchestra all coming together for an unforgettable live experience.
● Ani Cordero: A passionate singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and Latin American music researcher living in NYC, Ani has recently released her new protest song “Pan Pan,”a song that was recently featured on NPR’s playlist of songs that shout protest.
● Julie Rhodes: A powerhouse vocalist with an authentic soul, grounded both in the songwriting traditions of yesterday’s Americana and today’s very present social and political issues.
● Renee Goust: Her sound is culturally diverse, ranging from canción neo-ranchera to folk-pop to queer and feminist cumbias norteñas.
For a complete list and up-to-date information about performers, visit breadandrosesheritage.org/schedule.