East High School art teacher Jennifer Mccoy has organized the Rock Against Injustice concert to raise money for workshops promoting the powerful combination of the creative arts and social justice. “The event is helping to fund extra money I need for a grant that I’ve applied for next year with … the Center for Documentary, Expression and Arts” says Mccoy. “Lesley Kelen, who runs it … he approached me about bringing in a couple of visiting artists who are activists.” Mccoy and Lesley are hoping to raise at least $7,000 to get the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund two-month-long workshops to be led by artists Lily Havey and Ruby Chacon.
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Due to an overeager anxiousness for tonight’s gig—and with nowhere else to go— I arrive way too early at Urban Lounge. Inside, the venue is largely empty with the exception of Quintron and Miss Pussycat getting their various props organized onstage. Grabbing a table and pint, I observe the casual flow of rock n’ roller types as they file in. Almost like a foreboding warning, the power goes out and then slowly comes back on. With power restored, the Brian Bagz begins to set up. As vocalist Mikey Blackhurst tests his sound, I manage to (finally) score a copy of the We are Nots LP from the Nots. Doing my best not to nerd out and with LP in hand, I am now ready for this night’s festivities to kick off.
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A perfect backdrop of charming, wet, dreary weather characterizes tonight’s performance. After walking into Urban Lounge and finding myself in a large, empty room, I was concerned about the turnout. However, my venture through the downpour is certainly not in vain, nor will the gig’s contribution to my eventual loss of hearing be wasted.
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Upon entering the Urban Lounge this fine Tuesday evening, I am struck by how deserted the venue is—minus some 12 or so heads hanging out in their respective groups. It does seem that the popularity of pop-punk may not be so popular tonight. As one patron sarcastically says, “We’re going to get so sugar high! Let’s get caffeinated as fuck!” Though I cringe a little at the jest, there is some truth behind these words that sort of describe the attitude behind this subgenre of punk.
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Tonight’s adventure into the night is inspired by a promised soul salvation that runs on sleep deprivation and a long, caffeine-induced day. Luckily for me, the gospel of St. Paul & The Broken Bones is ahead and my spirit rises to the occasion through the consumption of Este’s gorgeously greasy pizza. All that is missing is a pint of something with a bite and I’ll be set. This is soon rectified upon waltzing through a packed house and straight to the bar. Taking a deep sip from my plastic grail and looking around, I am aware that I am not quite in Kansas anymore. The audience represents a crowd that I am not usually too acquainted with. They all seem to be young(ish) professional types that carry no definitive edge in their appearance. Meaning there is a lack of leather and denim that is replaced with a visual abundance of folks in nice blazers and formal attire…..
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The Relationship, featuring Brian Bell (Weezer, Space Twins), are coming to the Urban Lounge on Jan. 25 to debut some new material, some of which is about to be released on a 7” from Burger Records. SLUG got the chance to get the word on what’s shaking with founding members Bell and Nate Shaw (Die’ Hunns). This band comprises veterans from some of the most dynamic groups to the hit the stage in the last 30 years……Read the full story @ SLUG MAG!!