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NEWSLETTER: Continuing To Create Change with Our Music

                Last week, Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band announced that after careful consideration, and after pondering if we were reaching our full potential with our unique musical talents; we decided to take our music to the next level, and use our art to be instruments of social change. There is obviously massive inequality in this world, and though many folks are ignorant, unaware, preoccupied, burdened, or simply careless; we as artists cannot help but be sensitive to this issue.  Thus, Black Bear noted, “As a human being, I am morally outraged by world hunger, poverty, and social inequality and I want to do something about it.”

                After coming to this conclusion, we excitedly announced last week that The Cheyenne Autumn Band is officially sponsoring a child. Through the charity Children International, we are sponsoring 8-year-old Zamiah of Little Rock, AR. Zamiah is in second grade, and she loves art, music, and dancing. She lives in a single parent home, and her mother must work long hours, leaving her children vulnerable to negative influences. She needs organized activities and individual attention, and our donations go to pay for these activities, and insure that she has food, shelter, clothing and medical treatment. We explained that from now on, $25 a month will go straight from our music and merch sales to sponsor this child. If we make more money; we will be able to sponsor more children, and find more ways to help our community.

But to us, this simply is not enough; we can definitely do more! As Black Bear’s grandmother proclaimed, “Charity begins at home”, and so; we must do more for our local community as well; for Corona and for Riverside. One organization that is doing a lot of good for the impoverished people of Corona/Norco is The Settlement House.  Founded in 1912, the mission of the Settlement House is “to be a major source of compassion, information, and emergency support for people in the Corona-Norco community facing personal crises that threaten their stability, safety, housing and health.”

settlement house

How you can help, RIGHT NOW:
Donate Food: Be one of the hundreds of people who contribute each week to Settlement House’s food pantry.
Donate Non-Food Items: In addition to helping feed low-income families in the community, they strive to outfit each child with adequate school materials.
Donate Money to the Settlement House CLICK HERE.

 Another way we can all help our community is to buy locally grown food and support our local farmers. Every Saturday, Black Bear rides his bike down to the Farmer’s Market with his dad and often with other members of The Cheyenne Autumn Band as well. “The Corona Certified Farmers Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Located off of the 91 freeway at N. Main St. in the Main St. Marketplace (across from the Fender Museum) it is the perfect place for you to do your Saturday morning shopping to support corona as well as the local farming community!”

Farmers market logo

 We never had an official CD Release show to honor the release of our new album, "Rollin' Train". Though we released the album back in October; scheduling conflicts, and busy holiday schedules lead to a hiatus of live performances. Now finally, 6 months later; we are celebrating with our friends @Back To The Grind. You can purchase your very own, handmade copy of Rollin' Train, and posters to commemorate the album will be for sale as well. Furthermore, a true highlight of the evening; The Autumn Sisters will be returning to the stage and adding their harmonious majesty to the performance as well. Do not miss this one. It is all ages and it is free!

Did you miss us Thursday @Eureka Burger in Claremont? Here is a photo:

Eureka 2/13/14

Though deeply unsettling, this film is a must-see, and I am so glad I got to see it, and so thankful it exists. Check it out if you get the chance:

12 years a slave

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