Rock Against Trump Immigrants Rights Concert
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Immigrants Rights - Get Out & Vote
To counter what he sees as divisive and dangerous rhetoric coming from the White House, 18 year-old high school senior Spencer Rex is organizing Rock Against Trump, a benefit concert to promote community unity and to raise money for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes advocacy and legal services for immigrants.
The concert will feature four northwest bands at Olympia's Capitol Theater at 6:30 pm on June 2, 2018. Scheduled to appear are Forty Feet Tall (Portland, OR); COSMOS, 2016 winner of Seattle's SoundOFF Battle of the Bands; Little Spirits; and Tacoma's iconic Girl Trouble."
On June 2nd, Spencer and his four person cohort are staging a rock concert in Olympia - Rock Against Trump. "I"m motivated by the power of music to bring people together," said Rex. "The mantra of the concert is "Loud music, loud message, peaceful actions." And we"re going to lend a hand to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. They do important work providing legal resources and advocacy for all people, no matter where they were born. My grandmother was an immigrant, so this issue hits close to home for me."
The concert will be an opportunity to encourage young people to register to vote and learn more about the issues facing immigrants during the current political climate.
Rock Against Trump is a student led pro-peace concert; from fundraising, to booking bands, to promotion. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a nonprofit that promotes justice and advances the rights of immigrants.
"Forty Feet Tall is a riff-based, hard rock band"think The Black Keys meet Jack White, with a touch of Soundgarden. Having focused for two years on TV and film placements like Showtime's 'Shameless,' Forty Feet Tall is eager to end its performance hiatus and introduce its sound to the Pacific Northwest."
"COSMOS consists of a collective of creatively gifted artists. They are more than a band " they are a multifaceted mixture of genres that will redefine your perception of Seattle"s sound through a blend of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul, and Electronic overtones."
"Little Spirits is a psychedelic folk collaboration from Star Anna and Robert Roth, both intertwined in Seattle"s music scene and history. They combine their compatible strangeness into an atmospheric spiral, grounded by acoustic guitars and elevated by the cosmic merging of two distinctly unique voices."
Girl Trouble is "Garage rock from Tacoma/Spokane, WA. Formed in 1983, Kurt, Bon, Kahuna and Dale crashed into the music scene with their plywood speaker cabinets and a drum set purchased for $70 from the Sears surplus store in a shed beside Bon and Kahuna's parent's house, where they still practice today."
Chris Cornel of Soundgarden once spoke on stage about Artis (seen below with Jim Page), Seattle's legendary spoon player, "One time, I was with Artis the Spoonman, who's in our video, "Spoonman." He plays the spoons. The song's titled after him. He?s this super-charismatic guy who can walk into a room of 10 people - or a sold-out theater, or three people on a street corner - and take out his leather bag of spoons, open it up and put it on the ground, pick out a few spoons and entertain a bunch of people, and have them completely riveted, absolutely and completely attentive to what he's doing, and have them be entertained totally. I would watch him do that in all these different places: backstage, in the band room, opening up for Soundgarden, in our house for a party, for kids, for anyone. It was amazing. And it dawned on me: that?s got to be an amazing feeling, and I don't have the ability to do that myself."
ARTIS will be joining, FORTY FEET TALL in the benefit concert for immigrant rights, Saturday, June 2, at Olympia's Capitol Theater. Kickoff at 6:00 pm. Other bands on bill, Tacoma legends, Girl Trouble; plus, Cosmos; Little Spirits. Tix on sale now, $20 adults; $15 students, DACA participants and refugees.
The concert will be held at the Capitol Theater - 206 East Fifth Avenue in downtown Olympia - 5:30 p.m. (doors open) - 6:30 p.m. (show starts).
Tickets available through https://app.arts-people.com/index.php"show=88314; $15 for students; $20 for adults
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