75th Birthday Events and Activities

December 19, 2015 would have been Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday. Accordingly, plans are being made to celebrate Phil and the legacy he has left us. As more things are known, we will add them to this page. And if you know of anything going on, please let us know at celebratingphilochs@gmail.com or by completing the form at the bottom of the page.


Members of the Facebook group Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday recorded a tribute CD called Celebrating Phil Ochs: We’re Going To Sing It Now!

Facebook page for Celebrating Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday.
Facebook group currently consisting of over 1,800 members where various things about Phil are discussed. New members are always welcome to join.

Twitter page for Celebrating Phil Ochs.
Daily updates about Phil. @celebratingphil

Celebrating Phil Ochs on Goodreads
A list of books that are about Phil or contain substantial pages on him is available via Goodreads.

Celebrating Phil Ochs on YouTube
The YouTube channel includes playlists of covers of Phil’s songs, tributes to him, live recordings, interviews, and Ochs on TV.

Covers of Phil Ochs Songs
Spotify playlist of various covers.

Tributes to Phil Ochs
Spotify playlist of tributes.

Celebrating Phil Ochs on Pinterest

Songs of Freedom will play episodes previously recorded at “Remembering Phil Ochs” sessions at the New England Folk Festival.



A day full of workshops, performances, live art, kids activities, participatory murals… over 20 shows througout the day!
All of these events are in celebration of the life and legacy of political folk singer Phil Ochs who used his songs to advocate for positive social change.
All of the events throughout the day will consist of either performances of Phil Ochs’s material, or material consistent with social justice themes.
Follow @OchsFest for updates about specific workshops and performers. Use the hashtag #OchsFest to get a gold star.
The performers include (so far)…
Tony Turner, Ian Tamblyn Eve Goldberg, Rebecca Campbell Tito Medina, Jesse Stewart, Zachary Stevenson, Erin Saoirse Adair, Moonfruits, Glenn Nuotio, Daemon &Aydri, Brothers Aloud, Scary Bear Soundtrack, Greg Greenway, Velvet Leclair, Larissa Desrosiers, Vela, Robbie Anderman, Elizabeth Riley Band, Stella-Bell Murray, Heather Lynn Song, Arthur II, Adam3, Chris White… and more! There will also be a LIVE BROADCAST of the CKCU radio show Canadian Spaces.
There will be live painting by Arthur II and A. James Brummel

December 19- A Tribute to Phil Ochs
The Gladstone
910 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6Y4 CANADA
w special guest SONNY OCHS!
Zachary Stevenson
Eve Goldberg
Daemon & Ayrdri
Erin Saoirse Adair
Elizabeth Riley Band
… and more!
Also, Erin Adair will be releasing her CD “I’m Going to Say It Now: The Songs of Phil Ochs” at this show.
There will be a BAND with Michel Delage on drums, Don Cummings on organ and Richard Page on sax and clarinet.
Show start time 8:30pm
$20… but the price is negotiable if you lack the funds.
Tickets will available at folkzone.ca

December 19-Phil-A-Thon: Celebrating the Life and Music of Phil Ochs
Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43202
We will celebrate the 75th birthday of the the great singer/songwriter and activist Phil Ochs with a evening of his music performed by acts from the Columbus Ohio area. Phil once lived in Columbus, attending the Ohio State University and began his topical musical journey here. Please join us for this special night honoring this brilliant, unsung performer.

December 19-Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday Celebration in Berkeley, CA 12-19-15
The Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists has reserved Historic Fellowship Hall for Dec 19, 2015. We’re sending out a call for people to do one or two songs, or 10 minutes. The performers and songs will be listed in a simple program like we did for the Berkeley Protest Fest with Country Joe McDonald on Aug 15, 2015.

102 East Brady St.
Tulsa, OK 74103
On December 19 at 2 PM, join us at the WGC to celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday! A screening of the documentary about Phil’s life and work will be shown in the theater. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortunefeatures archival footage of Ochs, interviews with his younger brother, Michael, a producer of the film and the singer’s manager; his older sister, Sonny; his wife, Alice Skinner; and his daughter, Meegan Lee Ochs. It also includes interviews with others such as:  Joan Baez, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, Van Dyke Parks, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk, Peter Yarrow, Sean Penn, and Christopher Hitchens.
After the film, Michael Ochs will have a Q&A session about the film and Phil’s life. Don’t miss this very special presentation!

December 19-Phil Ochs 75th Birthday Celebration & Record/Download Release Party for We’re Going To Sing It Now
Sidhe Brewing Company
652 Jenks Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
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Charlie’s American Cafe, 4024 Granby St., Norfolk VA
In observance of Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday
SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2015 – 7:30 P.M.
Charlie’s American Café
4034 Granby Street, Norfolk (Riverview), VA
A concert to benefit the Virginia ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union)
$7.50 donation
Bob Zentz, with Jeanne MacDougall ● Jay Sanchez
Mountaintide ● Chuck “Coyote” Larson ● Paul Jurkowski
Dustin Furlow ● Christian Chavez ● Carol Butler
Joey Bennett & Renee Izii ● Dave Potvin, M.C.

December 19- Noriega Canta A Phil Ochs
My Way
Moralzalzar, Spain

December 19- Phil Ochs Celebration
The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. (bet. Hoyt & Bond St.) in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
7 pm – 10 pm

December 19-There but for Fortune Viewing
Legion Arts, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids,IA
In observance of what would have been Phil Ochs’ 75th birthday, Legion Arts screens the2010 documentary Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune.

December 19-Phil Ochs Tribute Show

Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 7:00pm
Hosted by: WSLR-LP 96.5
Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court
Tickets: $5 adv/$7 door
Sarasota  Florida
Free or Fee:
$5 adv/$7 door
Brief Event Description:
Local musicians pay tribute to protest songwriter Phil Ochs. Bill Schustik will be our host for the evening. Participating musicians include Mindy Simmons, James Hawkins, Jim Glover, Robert Killian and Ishmael Katz.

December 20-Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday Sing in Gloucester, MA
Lanesville Community Center
8 Vulcan St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phil Ochs was a prolific songwriter and folksinger of the 1960’s, writing topical songs including “There But For Fortune”, “Draft Dodger Rag”, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” and ‘Too Many Martyrs”, and performing in civil rights rallies, anti-war demonstrations and organized labor events. He tragically suffered from bipolar disorder and took his own life at the age of 35, but his music continues to inspire us 40 years later. Please join musicians of the North Shore area in celebrating his 75th birthday by singing his songs.

December 20- A Small Circle of Friends Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Presents
A Small Circle of Friends Celebrate Phil Ochs’ 75th Birthday
Sunday December 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Ross Altman
At Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
(310) 822-3006

December 20- Tribute to Phil Ochs for his 75th Birthday in Seattle
Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
Performers will include:Baby Gramps, Alice Stuart,Tommy Dean,Kitty Heldwoman,Harry Pierce,Dionvox,Reggie Garrett,Gary Kanter Eric Apoe, and Caleb and Walter


There is currently work being done on a tribute CD by his fans.



October 18- Phil Ochs Song Night
Borderline Folk Music Club
Nanuet Public Library
149 Church Street
Nanunet, NY
The performers will be Colleen Kattau, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Magpie, Fred Gillen Jr, Mara Levine

November 7- A Celebration of the music of Phil Ochs
81 Renshaw
81 Renshaw St, L1 2SJ Liverpool, England
7:30 PM

November 15- Phil Ochs Tribute Show
Sunday, November 15, Bob Lusk and Michael Stock will be celebrating Phil’s 75th birthday on Folk & Acoustic Music with Michael Stock. The show will start at 2 PM (Eastern Standard Time) and can be listened to online at www.wlrn.org.

November 20-West Side Folk’s 20th anniversary season, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of Phil Ochs
Cider Gallery Fine Art
810 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Thrilled to announce a very special concert on Nov. 20 for West Side Folk’s 20th anniversary season, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of Phil Ochs on Dec. 19, 1940, as we will present the Canadian actor, playwright and singer Zachary Stevenson doing the songs of Phil Ochs.

November 24- Folk Film Festival: Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
A “rockumentary” with 1960s folk singer Phil Ochs as he “comments on the ills of the society — both of the right and of the left.”

** Including Special Phil Ochs 75th Birthday Tribute **
Free Times Cafe
320 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S3
Thu., Dec. 3rd, 7:30 p.m. (Doors 6:30pm)
Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., Toronto
Cover: $10 at door; (416) 967-1078 for dinner reservations

December-December  is  Phil  Ochs  Month  at  Songs  of  Freedom
New York
Look at link to find viewing times and episodes for your borough.

December 10-Ken Bowser’s “Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” Documentary Screening
Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA
7 PM

 December 13-Phil Ochs A Celebration
The Peoples Bookshop
Durham, England
4 PM
Ryan Spendlove and Jordan Kirkup
The contribution to music and politics of guys like PHIL OCHS must never be forgotten, so join us for a very special afternoon of good music courtesy of Ryan Spendlove and Jordan Kirkup, who will be paying tribute to the American protest singer.

December 16- Phil Ochs Song Night with the Madison Song Circle

December 13-19 Phil Ochs Dedication Week
Elvis Guevara -Mixing Pop and Politics, an online group that promotes political songs, has agree to make the week of Phil’s birthday a week solely dedicated to him. They will be posting songs from him, tributes to him, and other news as appropriate.

December 17-Phil Ochs Evening in NYC
Odradeks Coffee House
82-60 Austin St, Kew Gardens 11415
It is right next to the Long Island Rail Road Kew Gardens station. By subway it is an E or an F train to Union Tpke and then a short walk.
The evening will go on between 7:30 and 10pm. The format is to be decided. (stay tuned)
One reason that this venue is intriguing is that Phil actually played here in the early 1960s when it was called The Interlude Cafe, and Kitty Genovese was murdered next door, which was the inspiration to Phil’s song, Small Circle of Friends.
If you are interested in getting involved with the evening I would prefer that you contact me directly via email at

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  1. I have been delighted to see the Elvis Guevera Facebook page as it plugs the work of an artist who is criminally neglected but whose songs speak to modern times with only the odd word change. I would be delighted to hear of any Phil Ochs nights in England, noting that Phil got a pretty good reception in this country and wrote one of his greatest songs “the crucifixion” while touring here.


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