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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 16, 2016

California State Capitol Building

Live Entertainment

Shelley Segal, Singer and Songwriter

Shelley SegalThrough her "mercurial voice and eclectic sound" (The Brag) singer-songwriter Shelley Segal creates a space for her listeners. A space for people to engage with ideas, to question and to reflect on the everyday - to see its layers, its depth, its meaning.

Desirous of all expressions, Shelley flirts with elements of jazz, folk, pop, blues, reggae and electronica, imparting a pure joy about music and its power. The spirited singer has been "creating a ripple effect with her melodic vocals, heartfelt passion and thought-provoking lyrics" (Leona Devaz, Weekend Notes).

Shelley's first single, upbeat folk protest song "Saved" has become an anthem for grass-roots secular activists. Find out more on her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@ShelleySegal). Be sure to check out her videos on YouTube and Patreon.

Shelley will be performing at our Supporters' Reception and at 4:08 PM at Freethought Day.

Steve Hill, Comedian

Steve HillBorn in poverty on St Louis' north side, Steve Hill has acquired a lifetime of experience in what it's like to grow up in America as an African American male. Steve served for 5 years in the United States Marine Corps and later joined the California Department of Corrections (CDC). He gained insight into the system by working at 2 maximum security prisons for 10 years.

With an extremely keen sense of humor, he hits the stage with a stand up performance that enables people to see relevant issues from a very funny, but drastically different, perspective.

Steve will be performing at our Supporters' Reception, and speaking at Freethought Day at 12:35 PM.

Victor Harris, Poet

Victor HarrisVictor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene for the past twelve years, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot College, and a 2006 graduate of Cal State University Hayward with a B.A. in Liberal Studies.  Earlier this year he performed in Washington D.C. at the Reason Rally.

Victor is excited to be a part of the group of artists behind Mad Art Lab, where art meets science and skepticism. He has been writing and performing atheist, skeptical, rational, science themed poetry for over 4 years. When he's not writing, or performing, he is the talent behind Reuschelle's Cheesecakes and won a Best of the Bay award from the East Bay Express in 2009.

Victor is performing twice, at the beginning and end of Freethought Day.

Dallas Darnell, Guitarist

Dallas DarnellA graduate of California State University Chico with a Bachelor's Degree in Music, Dallas began playing guitar at the age of 14.  He has since studied under various classically trained guitarists and has spent his adult years as an avid lead guitarist, bassist, and songwriter for hire.  

A secret atheist for most of his life, he began openly supporting positive atheism and encouraging others to stand up against theistic majority in our society.  He has devoted a large amount of musical creativity toward composing musical lyrics with secular content.   Find him on Facebook.

 

Steve will be performing at our Supporters' Reception.

Uncle Sam (Andy Swan)

Uncle SamIt all began when Andy's oldest brother, George, taught him how to juggle back in 1966. At first Andy would visit the circuses just to see the jugglers, but once he saw what else the circus had to offer he fell in love. After high school he went off to join the DeWayne Bros. Circus in Oregon. During his year with them he learned just about everything there was to learn about circus life.

Joining Freethought Day as Uncle Sam, Andy will delight children and adults with juggling, balloon animals, magic, and all kinds of good-natured fun. 

Uncle Sam will be available approximately from noon until 4 PM.