Banding Together: Texas AFL-CIO to Host Free Virtual Concert

 The Texas AFL-CIO invites the public to join us for the state labor federation’s first-ever virtual concert, featuring the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Alejandro Escovedo and Brad Jordan (Scarface).

The Texas AFL-CIO “Banding Together” Concert premieres 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 23. It may be accessed for free via our social media pages:

Besides Keen, Escovedo and Jordan, performers include Tameca Jones, Tiarra Girls, Cecilia and the Broken Hearts, the Mark May Band, Bidi Bidi Banda and a few surprises from within the labor union community. The Texas AFL-CIO is produced under contract with the American Federation of Musicians.

Each artist has prepared a video featuring a song or two performed exclusively for the concert, which will honor the contributions of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay will emcee on a livestream.

Because of the pandemic, the Texas AFL-CIO canceled this year’s golf tournament, which ordinarily raises funds for scholarships and other programs of the state labor federation. The concert has benefited from the generosity of unions and allies who regularly support the golf tournament, making it possible to offer the event free. Sponsor announcements will be sprinkled into the proceedings. (For more information on the fundraising aspect, or to make a voluntary donation, go to:

“To say the least, 2020 has not been the best of years,” Levy said. “With health considerations canceling our golf tournament, our officers and staff strongly believed we should find another getaway from the day-to-day grind. We think the ‘Banding Together’ Concert will be a welcome respite for our membership and anyone who wants to join us.”