Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Steel Pulse at Villa Montalvo Wednesday, Discussion and Concert




In 1985 the great reggae band Steel Pulse released a disc called "Earth Crisis," which never seemed more true than it is today.

Villa Montalvo in Saratoga is presenting the band in concert Wednesday, and is holding a discussion beforehand about the relation between politics, race and music. I'm moderating it.

This English band's first single, released in 1978, was called "Ku Klux Klan," and was a rallying cry against racism.

It will be exciting to hear what these longtime players of conscience have to say about making music that is more than just music.

Montalvo has cut down its concert schedule, but it is trying to make the shows it has into art events, by having the performers talk to students and the audience. It's an admirable cause for the arts center, and I'm looking forward to participating first hand.

If you have any questions for them, drop me a comment below.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are 50/40/35/30/20/15 students with ID. You can get them at www.villamontalvo.org

The discussion starts at 6:30 p.m.

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