Peace and Justice through Music

Article Published: Mar. 24, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Peace and Justice through Music

The Kruger Brothers.

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Appalachian State University's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies is hosting Si Kahn and The Kruger Brothers in concert Thursday, March 31.

A folk singer, songwriter and social activist who's worked more than 45 years for social justice, Kahn has written songs about family, community, work, refugees and peace that have been recorded by hundreds of artists and translated into six languages. Songs like "Aragon Mill" have become classics on the folk and bluegrass circuits.

Thirty years ago, Kahn founded Grassroots Leadership, a national organization that works to abolish all for-profit private prisons, jails and detention centers. He also founded the Jewish Fund for Justice, a national foundation that supports local community organizing projects combating poverty.

Through story and song, Kahn will describe his journey on the road to peace and social justice.
The Kruger Brothers have become a fixture in traditional and modern music over the last decade, acclaimed for the depth of their artistry and variety of music, ranging from classical to bluegrass to all-around unique.

Originally from Europe, but now living in North Carolina, the Krugers were first introduced to American audiences in 1997 and quickly caught the attention of fans and the music industry alike. In an ever-expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals) and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) are characterized by virtuosity, innovation, humor and audience participation.

In the last year, The Kruger Brothers and Si Kahn have collaborated on an award-winning album. They join forces once again March 31 to support the work of ASU's Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

The center offers educational programs to students, teachers, and community members. Its mission is to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.

The concert takes place Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union on the ASU campus. Tickets cost $18 for general admission and $8 for students.
For ticket information, call (828) 262-2311 or e-mail ( For more information on the center, visit

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