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"No Nukes Swing" Release Party to be held in Fort Lauderdale August 7, 2011

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"No Nukes Swing" Release Party - Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Radioactive Records
>From Hiroshima to Fukushima

Radioactive Records is living up to its name, and hosting the Release Party for "No Nukes Swing" on Sunday, August 7, 2011. One might call it an Atomic Release Party! "No Nukes Swing" is Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale's folk-rock anthem calling for an end to the use of nuclear power and weapons around the world, The "No Nukes Swing" Release Party is scheduled in conjunction with the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Performers at the Release Party will include musicians Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, Teri Catlin, Ramon Justicia, Felicia Rose, Jim Ryan, Jon Singer, and Special Guests. Poetry will be performed by Lenny DellaRocca, Laura Sue and more. Musical offerings will be diverse, including rock, jazz, world, new age, classical and blues genres, and originals by the artists.

This is a free event, open to all ages, and is a benefit for NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service - http://www.nirs.org/) - one of the many environmental groups Laura Sue supports. All donations collected at the Release Party will go to NIRS to further their important work; information about NIRS and other environmental groups will be available at the Release Party.

Laura Sue, a flautist, vocalist, and composer widely known as The Silver Nightingale, explains her motivation to release this previously-unreleased song now: "What wacky times we're living in! As a result of the Fukushima disaster, we've got radioactive beef on the market in Japan, and radioactive organic vegetables in California; meanwhile goats' milk in Connecticut is radioactive from Indian Point Nuclear Plant. It's hard to believe that utility companies are still saying that nuclear power is safe and clean! But with huge profits to be made, what have they got to lose by lying? What we ALL have to lose is our health, and possibly the future of life on earth. With so much at stake, it's the perfect time for 'No Nukes Swing'!"

"No Nukes Swing" is a lighthearted sing-along, which explores the issues of nuclear plants, proliferation and bombs, with the catchy refrain: "No Nukes in my coffee, No Nukes in my tea, No Nukes in my backyard, That's just a little too close for me!"

Laura Sue composed "No Nukes Swing" in 1978, and the song has been performed countless times by Laura Sue and many other musicians, and even a choir, around the country at nuclear plants, demonstrations, concerts and festivals. "No Nukes Swing" is part of the "Solar Power Suite", which also includes Laura Sue's original "Salute to the Sun", from her CD "Sarabande - Solo Flute Meditations".

Laura Sue started performing "No Nukes Swing" more actively again in 2006, when she learned that FPL, Progress Energy and other utilities were actively trying to build new nuclear plants in Florida and around the country, after several decades of no new nuclear construction, following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

At the same time, Laura Sue created the Nuclear Free Zone on her website: http://www.SilverNightingale.com/nuclearfree.html - a large and evolving collection of information and links to organizations working on nuclear and other environmental issues. She has also been compiling a comprehensive directory of the many nuclear references in animated classic The Simpsons: http://www.SilverNightingale.com/simpsons.html

Laura Sue has been following the nuclear situation at Fukushima closely since the earthquake and tsunami, greatly concerned about the devastating consequences of ongoing massive radiation releases on the Japanese people and the world. She's encouraged to see that Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan are now rapidly moving towards a nuclear-free future. But noting that even the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has not discouraged many countries and companies from continuing to pursue nuclear power, Laura Sue decided it was time to make "No Nukes Swing" available worldwide.

Beginning on August 6, 2011, "No Nukes Swing" can be downloaded at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LauraSuetheSilverNightingale, and will be available shortly after that on iTunes and other outlets. The date August 6 was chosen to coincide with the 66th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Laura Sue's most recent recording, a flute and chime rendition of the traditional Japanese folk song "Sakura" was released on April 26, 2011, in conjunction with the 25 Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Laura Sue recorded "Sakura" in support of the Japanese people, and will be performing it at the Release Party, in tribute to the victims of Hiroshima and Fukushima, past, present and future.

"No Nukes Swing" was recorded in Boston in 1981 with an all-star, all-women's band including Jean Fineberg (Laura Nyro - Season of Lights, David Bowie - Golden Years, Sister Sledge - "We are Family") on sax, Betsy Rose on piano and vocals, Barbara Dunn Shaw on guitar and vocals, Abby Shearer on guitar, Jane Rhodes on bass, Sharon McGuire on drums, and Laura Sue on vocals, flute, percussion and production. The recording was engineered by multi-instrumentalist Roma Baran (an Academy Award nominee who has produced numerous Laurie Anderson albums, as well as playing with Rosalie Sorrels and Kate McGarrigle among others) and Karen Kane.

Another one of Laura Sue's originals recorded at this session, "Against the Law", a gay rights rock song, was recently released internationally on the prestigious "Songs of War and Politics - Volume 1" compilation CD by Folk Alliance International. Other artists on the CD include the late Hazel Dickens, Eliza Gilkyson and Tom Neilson. "Songs of War and Politics" can be downloaded at http://flink.livedownloads.com/show.asp?show=5958, as well as iTunes.

Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale performs actively around South Florida, playing solo, duo and ensemble music in a wide variety of settings, from concerts and festivals to hospice and hospital rooms. She recently received the 2011 President's Volunteer Service Award - Silver Level for her hundreds of hours of hospice music played. Her recordings are widely used by teachers, nurses, ministers, massage therapists and others to enhance their professional and personal lives. Laura Sue serves actively with community groups involved in interfaith, cultural, environmental and veterans initiatives, and is a member of the Creative Economy Committee for Broward County's 2020 Cultural Plan. She is also on the selective artists roster booked to perform in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport's new Terminal Tunes program.

Radioactive Records is an active supporter of Laura Sue's community service work, and has donated more CDs to her hospice music and other projects over the years than all other donors combined.

"No Nukes Swing" Release Party featuring Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale
>From Hiroshima to Fukushima
A Benefit for NIRS
PERFORMERS: Musicians will include Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, Teri Catlin, Ramon Justicia, Felicia Rose, Jim Ryan, Jon Singer and Special Guests. Poetry will be performed by Lenny DellaRocca, Laura Sue and more.
DATE: Sunday, August 7, 2011
TIME: 2 - 5 PM
All Ages welcome
Donations will be collected for NIRS - Nuclear Information and Resource Service - http://www.nirs.org/

Radioactive Records: 1930 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954)762.9488 Radio-Active-Records.com 2-5pm, "No Nukes Swing" Release Party featuring Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale - From Hiroshima to Fukushima, A Benefit for NIRS. MORE INFORMATION: http://www.silvernightingale.com/

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