It’s 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 15th and I am briskly walking through the cold, West Philly streets, puffing away on a cigarette and trying to anticipate wtf was going to happen next. See it has been a couple of months since the Sick of the Radio team had dreamed up this idea of having a MLK Charity Show and since that time, we had seen partner organization jump on, bands sign on, and dj’s assemble sets. I was nervous, to be blunt: after all, I had little clue what kind of turn out it would be (except, I guess, a facebook event), most advertising had been word of month, and some people had no clue how to even get to the venue (after all, some people have never been out to Danger Danger, let alone deep West Philly). Yet a smirk slowly formed on my face as friends, family, and even just awesome strangers appeared at the doors, willing to participate and have one hell of a time. One act after another, spectators got a treat of music ranging from emo-rock, math-rock, punk, dub-step, hip-hop, and electronica. While all the acts did an amazing job, there was also an element of this show which was crucial: after all, we didn’t just call this a charity show for a laugh. Taking place two days before MLK Day, information was relayed to visitors relating to how everyone can make practical changes to their everyday lives to be more environmentally friendly and furthermore, an online petition for the “Love Yourself Campaign” was advertised so as to provide further legislative protection for those who are afflicted by domestic violence. Conclusions? Come on out next time we do this and believe me, there will be a next time.
- Cliff Drake