PREVIEW: ‘Break the Chains’ European Tour comes to Brighton

Besi Besemar June 11, 2015

US-based internationally touring queer activist musicians, Evan Greer (Riot-Folk) and Taina Asili will be coming to Brighton with the Break the Chains European Tour on Sunday, June 21.


TOURING, queer, activist musicians Evan Greer (Boston) and Taina Asili (New York) are bringing their high-energy social justice infused performances to Ireland, England, Netherlands, and Germany this summer.

They will be stopping in Brighton on Sunday June 21, 8pm, at The Greys, 105 Southover Street, Brighton. The night will also feature local band Pog. Entry is by donation.

Break the Chains Tour concerts feature music ranging from folk singalongs and political punk anthems to reggae and Afro-Latin rhythms of rebellion.

Evan Greer and Taina Asili, unique in their musical styles, both harness the power of music for revolutionary social change.

The Break the Chains Tour is an extension of the popular Break the Chains semi-monthly dance party held in Boston, MA, founded by Evan Greer.

The Break the Chains dance party is headlined by live bands that focus on lifting up the voices of queer and transgender performers, artists of color, and other marginalised musicians.


Evan Greer is an LGBTQ parent, organiser, and multi-instrumentalist who writes fearless and dangerously catchy original songs that inspire hope and incite resistance.

Equally at home leading singalongs in a union hall or sweating at a basement punk show, Evan has developed a cult following across North America and Europe, and has had songs featured on NPR, in college courses and major independent films.

At 28 years old, he tours internationally as a musician and facilitates workshops and trainings to support movements for justice and liberation. Howard Zinn called Greer “an eloquent and energetic writer,” who “reminds me of Phil Ochs.”

Evan has shared stages with artists as musically diverse as Billy Bragg, Immortal Technique, Gil Scott Heron’s Midnight Band, Holly Near, Against Me!, The Coup, Pamela Means, State Radio, Gaslight Anthem, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Chumbawamba.

Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine wrote: “Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers … a heck of a guitar player.”

To listen to Evan, click here: 

Taína Asili is a US born queer Puerto Rican social justice focused singer, combining powerful vocals with energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds. Her eclectic style offers a sound that spans continents, with heartfelt lyrics sung in multiple languages.

Her debut album War Cry was released in 2010, and her latest album, Fruit of Hope, just released, has begun to gain national attention in the US.

During Taína Asili’s 20-year career of creating music for social change she has toured the country many times, performed in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Spain, and has released five albums internationally with previous bands.

Taina has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Ursula Rucker, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Cole, Pamela Means, Talib Kweli and The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars. Her voice exudes strength of Spirit, filling its listeners with the fervor of freedom and inspiring audiences to dance to the rhythm of rebellion.

To listen to Taína, click here:

For a full list of tour dates, click here: