ASTORIA — “Notes from the Riverkeepers,” new music by songwriter and activist Holcombe Waller, is making its world premiere with a Pacific Northwest tour that includes a stop at Astoria’s Columbia Theater (102 Marine Drive) 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; a Q-and-A begins 8:15 p.m.
There will be a post-performance conversation with Journalist Carol Newman of KMUN Radio, and Columbia River Estuary Action Team (CREATe).
“Notes,” written in response to Waller’s three-month artist residency with Columbia Riverkeeper, features composed and extemporaneous storytelling, song, sermon and ceremony, incorporating Waller’s original folk, blues and soul-inspired music. The show focuses on the issues facing Riverkeeper as stewards of the river.
Waller’s musical homily provides a history of crude oil-by-rail transportation in the Columbia River Gorge, culminating in the nearly catastrophic Union Pacific oil train derailment, spill and fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June 2016.
“Performance-based work around local environmental issues ... tells the story with names and faces and objects and dates through music and spoken word in a way that the mainstream handling of the topic fails to do,” Waller said.
Following each performance, Stand Up to Oil coalition partners will lead a conversation around oil-by-rail and what you can do to get involved.
Tickets for the Astoria show are $8 to $22 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/3081997