Bio

Evan Greer

ONE LINE BIO:

High energy radical queer riot-folk music and workshops for liberation

SHORT BIO:

Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs, Evan has been honored to collaborate, tour, and share stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Talib Kweli, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Immortal Technique, Hari Kondabolu, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Pamela Means, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, Against Me!, The Coup, Anne Feeney, Oi Polloi, Dispatch, Dirty Projectors, Holly Near, and Chumbawamba. She's currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian and Huffington Post, has been a guest on All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, CNN, Mother Jones, and even Fox News.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. (S)he reminds me of Phil Ochs."   
  --Howard Zinn, historian and author of 
A People's History of the United States

"Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers. 'Never Surrender' contains an urgency and earnestness that is uniquely her's...and (s)he's a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like 'Ya Basta!' and 'Picketline Song' will be heard at the barricades for years to come."
--Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine

LONG BIO:

Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, writer, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs, Evan has been honored to collaborate, tour, and share stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Talib Kweli, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Immortal Technique, Hari Kondabolu, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Pamela Means, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, Against Me!, The Coup, Anne Feeney, Oi Polloi, Dispatch, Dirty Projectors, Holly Near, and Chumbawamba. She's currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian, TIME, Newsweek, and Huffington Post, has been a guest on All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, CNN, and even Fox News.

On the road performing and facilitating interactive workshops for all ages that connect many struggles for justice and liberation, Evan's primary goal is to directly support grassroots movements with music and education, and also to generate funds for local struggles in the communities (s)he visits.

Evan tours frequently by greyhound bus, car, foot, subway train, airplane, and even bicycle, during a 1600+ mile pedal powered tour of Florida in 2005. (S)he was a founding member of the Riot-Folk! Collective, an innovative group of radical musicians who work together to use their music as a tool for social change. Evan has spent time as a relief worker in New Orleans, a street medic at the G8 protests in Scotland, and has been a youth and community organizer in the Boston-area since high school. A deep involvement in movements for social and ecological justice gives Evan a unique perspective on how to inspire other young people to take concrete action towards a more just and sustainable world.

Evan's high-energy acoustic songs have been featured on NPR, recorded by well-known artists, and used in high school and college courses. An original blend of catchy melodies, punk rock energy, and shear musical charisma make her instantly at home on a stage or in a classroom, Her lyrics, stories, and analysis offer a challenging and empowering alternative to traditional discussions around LGBTQ issues, social, and environmental justice.

Evan is currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit best known for organizing massive online protests against SOPA and for net neutrality. She is a regular commentator on TV and radio about issues of free speech, technology, and human rights.

For all booking inquiries, email: evangreer@gmail.com 

Reviews

"Evan Greer is an eloquent and energetic writer. (S)he reminds me of Phil Ochs."  
  --Howard Zinn, historian and author of
A People's History of the United States

"Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers. 'Never Surrender' contains an urgency and earnestness that is uniquely her's...and (s)he's a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like 'Ya Basta!' and 'Picketline Song' will be heard at the barricades for years to come."
--Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine

"Rousing protest songs," 
--Spin Magazine

"Evan feeds off the energy of the crowd, putting some of the punk back into the sound with a raw and passionate performance. Being in the crowd at an acoustic show where the kids genuinely care about the message and dance and sing along with fists in the air in a crowded basement or open performance space, is a whole different type of folk show from the typical coffee house style. It's refreshingly alive and a striking contrast to sitting down and listening to someone singing about their feelings."--Urban Folk, NYC

"Current folk is sometimes stereotyped as sappy, weak, and boring. Despite this contemporary betrayal, the Riot Folk collective champions the genre’s radical roots ... Behind all the exclamation points and proclamations of anarchy, lies a genuine sense of revolution. The Riot Folk Collective may just re-establish folk music as a revolutionary staple." --VenusZine

"Phenomenal activist folk!" --Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM

"Evan's vocals are clear and definitive as he weaves a story around his concise guitar playing!" --WERU-FM Radio, ME

"High-energy, radical" -- Birmingham Weekly, Alabama

"Examples of modern day singers who use their music to make political points." --MSNBC, Today.com

"Greer has been compared to American protest singer Phil Ochs .. young people respond." --Florida Today

"The only reason it's probably taken Evan Greer so long to make a full-length album, Never Surrender (on Riot-Folk! Records [sic]) is because he's never just a musician. He's always surrounded by activists working on one issue or another ... you'll see him at anti-war meetings and community potlucks organized to stop housing forclosures. Yes, he sings while he's there. But Greer is never just the entertainment; it's impossible to keep him on the stage. His songwriting is never seperate  from his role as facilitator, organizer, activist, and storyteller. It seems Greer has called on his entire community of activist friends to produce Never Surrender. With songs inspired by local protests and loved ones, accompanied by veteran and fellow Boston musicians, Never Surrender is by far not a solo album. Complete with recycled cardboard case, Greer's 15-song CD is truly a radical group effort ... Like a coming of age story, the tumultuous emotions of self-awareness in a fucked up world is at the center ... But Greer proves more than a writer of catchy political pop--he makes the music functional ... Greer's best songwriting isn't passive--it's calling for and directing action, and it's demanding us to do it together."
--The Noise, Boston (cover story, June 2009.)