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The Lonely Samoans

The Lonely Samoans

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Performance with Special Surprise Guests

In conjunction with his exhibition Candy Coated Evil, Samoa brings The Lonely Samoans, his off-beat country band, to perform live at Howl! Happening. Why country music, you ask? “It is a perfect vehicle to express the daily struggle and despair of a poor American life like mine,” says Samoa. “Also, country music could use a little yellow blood,” he adds. The performance illustrates important aspects of Samoa’s exhibition: the intersection of performance and social commentary in his work, and his very particular take on American cultural institutions and icons as seen through the eyes of an outsider.

Samoa was born in a tiny fishing village in Hiroshima, Japan, with a wandering soul. While watching the moon landing on TV, he promised himself he would one day seek opportunity in the land of the free—America. Along the way, he discovered that in this land the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, while independent ideas and colorful cultures are replaced by corporate logos. “It was time to make a stand for myself,” Samoa says. He carefully assembled top-notch musicians to stand up and fight back.

The Lonely Samoans deliver their unique take on modern country music—heavy-handed political messages delivered in a barely comprehensible accent—with bits of love and heartbreak and a hilarious sense of humor.


Howl! Social


By Katherine Cheairs, Howl! Happening Director of Education On February 29, 2020, a cohort of 11 teens and their parents, guardians, and supporters, along with artists were seated in a circle at 6 East 1st Street for the first orientation of Howl High, a free teen-arts program meant to expose participants to the vibrant history…


These responses reflect how members of the Howl community have participated in online spaces to keep the spirit of our art education programs alive. “In March, I was hospitalized with Covid-19. The Isolation Station was just starting. Organized by Cynthia Powell, me, and some other folks, Darke Attoms, etc. The main idea [was] to create an image…


Tonight at 7 PM at Howl Happening!

Organized and curated by @TessaHughesFreeland with co-curator @johannastmichaels


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If you missed last weekend's event for the launch of Mike DeCapite’s "Jacket Weather" visit http://Howlarts.org/howl-tv/ in the Book Launches category to watch.

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Log on to http://Howlarts.org this afternoon, starting at 3 PM, to watch a livestream of today's event: Mike DeCapite’s Jacket Weather.

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