Country Joe Keeps Preaching
Catch a 50th anniversary show at The Freight.
Could there possibly be a more Berkeley icon than Country Joe McDonald? The son of radical leftist parents, he started his career busking for change on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue in the early ’60s, before co-founding political folk band Country Joe McDonald and the Fish with fellow counterculture rebel Barry Melton.
The band was there for the original Woodstock, on the front lines of the Berkeley free speech movement, and a staple of 40 years of peace protests from Vietnam to Iraq and beyond. Country Joe’s irreverent but deeply biting wit and deceptively folksy tunes gave voice to the angst of youth during the height of the Vietnam War and the turbulent ’60s, but he hasn’t stopped preaching his psychedelic rock gospel.
This 50th anniversary show will include the entirety of Country Joe and The Fish’s landmark 1967 debut album Electric Music for the Mind and Body, with backing from Alec Palao’s Grammy-nominated Electric Music Band. Afterward, McDonald will also perform an acoustic segment.
July 27, 8 p.m. $20 advance, $24 at the door, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, TheFreight.org.