Inspired by Ron Paul’s quote that “I always knew that if you were going to have a revolution you needed two things, young people and music”, some of the libertarian Republican presidential candidate’s supporters have launched a multi-city benefit tour featuring pro-freedom bands, musicians, rappers, and libertarian speakers.
Zak Carter, the main promoter who has been organizing the tour, said at the San Francisco show tonight, the fourth of the tour, that he has plunged into this project with little experience. “This was my fourth show ever”, he said.
But while lack of promotion experience and sufficient advance notice may have dampened turnout — a few dozen people showed up for the event at night spot Kelly’s Mission Rock Cafe on the city’s waterfront — it did not dampen the enthusiasm of attendees or the performers.
One musician, Aaron Greenz, said he was looking forward to the rest of the tour and thought that the tour acts would eventually be traveling together from venue to venue. As of right now, performers are making independent travel arrangements. Carter himself said he was crashing at a friend’s place while in the city.
Greenz and another tour participant reacted positively to the suggestion that instead of booking venues, they just go and set up at Occupy camps in different cities and play free shows there, saying that idea has already come up in group discussions.
The “Rock the rEVOLution” tour features a changing lineup of groups, with at least one well-known artist, rapper KRS-1, appearing at some venues. KRS-1 has reportedly come out publicly for Ron Paul. Performers at the SF show included the following acts:
Rise, Consise & Krookid
Voice Of Independence
Next stop for “Rock The rEVOLution”, which began October 15 in Washington State and has been headed south, is the Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club in Santa Monica (who needs big government when you’ve got the Central Social Aid and Pleasure club?). KRS-1 is slated to appear at this show.
For more tour dates and details, visit the tour’s website, http://www.rocktherevolutiontour.com/ .
The site is worth a visit just for the hip-hop “gangsta” style photo of Ron Paul, which one can imagine represents the congressman as he appears in Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke nightmares.