The State Room | Salt Lake City, Utah | Live Music Venue - Joe Hill's Last Will
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Joe Hill's Last Will

Joe Hill's Last Will

November 19, 2015 7:00 pm - November 20, 2015 12:00 am

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Six-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon performs “Joe Hill’s Last Will,” an inspiring one-man play about the famed labor activist’s life and death.

The scene is a cell in the Utah State Prison at 4:00 in the morning, 100 years ago. Joe Hill, American Labor’s most iconic songwriter is awaiting execution at dawn and he’s got a story to tell. Joe Hill was an immigrant to the United States who, like so many others, worked at a variety of trades, trying to make his way in his new country. But like no other, he was a musician, a writer, a man of wit and insight, who knew how to craft songs that informed, inspired, and inflamed.

Songwriter and labor historian, Si Kahn, created the play based largely on Hill’s own words and using all of Hill’s music. And in the hands of multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend, John McCutcheon, rarely have they had such expert treatment. McCutcheon’s tour-de-force acting, his rich voice, and stellar instrumental skills present Joe Hill and his music as never before. The story takes the issues of labor, immigration, workers’ rights, the death penalty, and war from the annals of 1915 to the headlines of 2015.

Doors 6 pm | Show 7 pm