Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir is a New York City based Earth-defending performance community, Earthalujah! The Church of Stop Shopping has has 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. We resist extinction, but bring humor and music to the end of the world. And, we do get arrested a lot. For instance, we believe that Monsanto chemists should experience our singing and preaching - where they work.
Our street theater and concert stage shows always work in parallel. The activism is content for the play. Our director for both kinds of performances is Savitri D. Our music director is Nehemiah Luckett. We have won the OBIE, Alpert and Edwin Booth awards and The New York Historic Districts Council's Preservation Award (for leading protests to save Manhattan's Poe House).
While we resist Monsanto/Bayer's toxins, defend Honeybees and all things Earthalujah! ...in 2018 the emergency of ICE's aggression against choir-members (like our singer Ravi Ragbir) quickly made us immigration activists, with singing at federal buildings and detention centers. Choir members were arrested 9 times in 2018. We made songs and sermons from the trouble.
We perform cash register exorcisms, retail interventions, and inside-the-corporation cell phone operas and weddings. We baptize babies into "a life beyond shopping." Outdoors, we have performed to tree-sitters in stands of redwoods, sung between cars in traffic jams at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, and held forth on the roof of Carnegie Hall in a snowstorm. We have achieved the status of temporary royalty at Burning Man, the Doo Dah Parade and the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island.
The Stop Shopping Choir is a number of economic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The choir toured last year in Greece and Switzerland. In upcoming shows "Fabulous Worships", we join Pussy Riot and Penny Arcade at the Adelaide Fringe in Australia. New Orleans and West Virginia's "Solar Fest" host us later in the spring. At the holidays, the troupe has its annual run of earth gospel shows at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater.