Tuesday, February 23, 2010


The May Day Orchestra has signed to Rankoutsider Records, an independent label based in Los Angeles. We will be releasing the "Ota Benga" folk opera later in 2010. If all goes well, this will be available on CD and vinyl record, as well as digitally.
Pat Todd, founder of the band The Lazy Cowgirls, has invited us to join his label which also includes Stace England & The Salt Kings among many other notable bands.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

May Day Orchestra - Live and Digital

The May Day Orchestra's first recording "May Day, or Songs For Lucy Parsons" is still available in 12" vinyl format in Saint Louis from A-Pop Records, Euclid Records, and Vintage Vinyl. They are available in Chicago as well, at Permanent Records and Reckless Records.

The tracks are now available as digital downloads through PM Press of Oakland, CA. Just search for The May Day Orchestra in your favorite on-line music store and it should come up with "May Day or Songs For Lucy Parsons".

The May Day Orchestra, aka The Ota Benga Family Band, next performs its newest folk opera on Friday, June 18, at the Schlafly Tap Room. The Tap Room is at 21st and Locust in downtown Saint Louis.
Tim Rakel, Mary Williams, Melissa Anderson, Dave Anderson and Josh Weinstein will present the "Folk Opera Concerning the Congo Situation and the Life of Ota Benga" at 9PM.

Two of our recent shows have been with our Rankoutsider Records label-mates Stace England and The Salt Kings. Check out their newest CD "The Amazing Oscar Micheaux", as well as two previous albums of like-minded historically conscious-musical works. www.rankoutisderrecords.com - - -
updated/reposted, May 10, 2010