Topic: Arts

Thursday, March 28th

March 28th | 11:15 am to 11:25 am

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Keynote


Friday, March 29th

March 29th | 11:15 am to 11:25 am

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Keynote


Chris Pierce
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Bioneers is proud to present a great double-bill concert featuring one of the nation’s leading “engaged” singer/songwriter/musicians, Chris Pierce, and a truly exciting duo from Kentucky, The Local Honeys, poised to become not only leading artists in their home state but defining voices of a new Appalachia.

This concert is presented as part of the 35th Annual Bioneers Conference, taking place March 28-30 in Berkeley. The Bioneers Conference is the ultimate gathering of movement leaders and champions of ideas and initiatives that have the power to create a brighter, healthier, and more just future. Join us at Bioneers 2024, where we’ll share what we’ve learned, link arms, nourish our hearts and vision, and align ourselves to prevail for the long haul.

Chris Pierce, a highly acclaimed, socially-conscious singer/songwriter/musician, has been described as “one of America’s most talented, gifted, and affecting artists.” He has toured or played nationally and internationally with such luminaries as Neil Young, B.B. King, Seal, Al Green, Steve Earle, Allison Russell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Jill Scott, Keb’Mo, Blind Boys of Alabama, Aaron Neville, Allison Russell, Sara Bareilles, and others. He has performed at many prestigious venues from The Kennedy Center to NPR’s World Café to the Newport Folk Festival. His most recent albums are 2021’s American Silence, widely viewed as one of the best folk albums of that year, and 2023’s Let All Who Will. In addition to his solo career, Chris Pierce performs/records with Sunny War as “War and Pierce,” with the Americana/roots band Leon Creek, and occasionally with the Black Opry Revue. (chrispierce.com)

The Local Honeys (Montana Hobbs and Linda Jean Stokley) is a highly acclaimed musical duo from Kentucky that was formed a decade ago. Montana and Linda Jean are solidly anchored in the Appalachian culture and music they grew up in and deeply respectful of those roots, but their innovative songwriting, storytelling and musicianship are not constrained by tradition, as their music is very much of its time, elegantly and powerfully capturing the beauty, struggles and complexities of contemporary Appalachian life. Their most recent album is the eponymous, The Local Honeys, on La Honda Records. (http://www.thelocalhoneys.com/)

NOTE: Access to this performance requires a separate registration from Bioneers attendance, with an additional ticket price of $30. This concert is open to the general public. Doors at 8:00pm.

While we would love for you to join us for the full Bioneers Conference experience, you can buy tickets for just the concert below.

March 29th | 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm | Freight & Salvage

Note: A separate $30 fee is required for this event.

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Panelists


Chris Pierce
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Saturday, March 30th

March 30th | 10:55 am to 11:05 am

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Keynote