Social Justice Disco

Left to Right: Phat Man, Liz Berlin

“Social Justice Disco: Songs to Fight Fascists By” is a collaboration between recording and touring artist Liz Berlin, of the triple platinum band Rusted Root, and Phat Man Dee, Pittsburgh cultural icon, voted Best Jazz/ Blues Performer in Pittsburgh City Paper 2016 Readers’ Poll. Together they have chosen to use their music to help create a world where all people are empowered and voices cannot be silenced, and they feel blessed to have collaborated with such a diverse and talented community of fellow artists who share the same goal. 

Featuring both original songs and reimagined classics, this concert experience merges the powerful vocal stylings of Liz and Mandee, mixing jazz, rock, gospel, poetry, dance, hip hop, and yes - DISCO, combined with a strong message of peace through the extreme application of equity and justice. New compositions included are: “Fourth Reich Arising”, “Water Is Sacred/Mni Wiconi”, ”Jim Crow is Alive and Well”, “I Dream of Robots Dreaming”, “#BigBrotherIsTrending”, “Black Lives Matter (sung to the tune of “Staying Alive”) and an original gospel arrangement of “I Can’t Breathe” with featuring the Leamington Gospel Chorale. Covers include: ”For What it’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield), “Your Racist Friend” (They Might Be Giants), “All You Fascists” (Woody Guthrie/ Billy Bragg), “Have You Been to Jail for Justice” (Anne Feeney), “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor), and “Ball of Confusion” (The Temptations). 

Liz Berlin and Phat Man Dee are committed to a reality where all people have an opportunity to live free and be themselves without fear of oppression, fighting the rising tide of hate and horror in the only way they know how, through melodic harmonies, powerful rhythms, soaring horn lines, lush strings, choirs and chants. 

The revolution may not be televised, but it will have a solid groove!