"Bands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Benefit Show Fills the Ready Room This Sunday

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Jason Stoff
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Punk and protest are old friends. In keeping with that tradition, members of the St. Louis music community have organized a concert this Sunday, August 31, with the proceeds going toward two organizations: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment and the Organization for Black Struggle. The benefit show, hosted by the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue), features nearly twenty acts in a six-hour span -- a power run of regional music in solidarity with the daily struggles of protestors made more evident by the recent events in Ferguson.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

"I have a lot of good friends who are really concerned with what's happening, and they couldn't figure out how to contribute or help. I wanted to give other people the opportunity to help the cause in some way. I just happen to know a lot of really good musicians," says Joseph Sulier of Life Like.

Sulier might be better known for his voice in many local punk bands over the last decade, but this week he works as a community organizer. Last Friday he reached out to many local artists and built a diverse lineup that reflects not only punk, but a huge variety of genres.

With acts like Blood Shaman and No Class traveling from Kansas City to perform, Sulier hopes the lineup will attract a wide range of concertgoers. The show will feature limited-edition releases from the punk community, such as St. Louis ex-pat Mark Plant's Military Police, among other unannounced surprises.

"You shouldn't have to pay a penalty for standing up for your rights," Sulier adds, speaking on the struggles and confrontations that protesters have had with police. This belief is the impetus behind choosing MORE's Legal Defense Fund for Justice for Mike Brown, which was set up to support those who were arrested for protesting in recent weeks. And although Sulier ultimately organized the lineup for the event, he did so with the help of local activist Stephen Houldsworth.


Video playlist of "Bands Up, Don't Shoot arranged by Graham Matthews.

"One of the things we wanted to do was donate to local organizations that work on issues of institutional and structural racism. We were thinking about who is going to continue to deal with the struggle, with the underlying problem. Neither organization was created just in response to this situation," Houldsworth says.

Although Houldsworth has been involved in a number of protests around the city, he and Sulier actually connected over Facebook. The two were up late watching the live streams and ended up discussing ways they could contribute.

"Some people will be there because they think it's a good cause, but some people have been significantly affected and want to pour their energy into something. This is just another way to show support for a community in need," Houldsworth adds.

On Sunday the Ready Room's doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Music will start at 5 p.m. and because of the extensive lineup, sets will run no longer than twenty minutes. The entire concert is expected to be finished by 10:30 p.m., and both Houldsworth and Sulier assure us that everything will be adhering strictly to schedule. Tickets are available for $5 via Ticketfly.

Click through for the full lineup and accompanying videos.

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90 comments
Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

This whole hands up has been proven to have not happened. Browns hands were not up. Eye witness's have stated that and forensics prove that. Along with the entry wounds.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

It will turn into a fiasco because people are too into their feelings. For your information, I don't require therapy unless you're a qualified shrink that psycho analyzed my comment and determined that I needed it. Otherwise, that was an unnecessary dig.

Rachel Duncan
Rachel Duncan

How is having a benefit concert breaking laws?

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

No worries there. ...I'll be Qing or snoring.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

Nope. Enough is enough and breaking more laws to get your point across is ridiculous.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

I felt like going to the SLU soccer match was more important. They won, 3-1.

Brian Tresenriter
Brian Tresenriter

Not going, but not supporting the racist idiots on here either. Wow, what a bunch of backward thinking people. Sad.

Etta James
Etta James

John Salkowski has the answers!!! Let's give him a fucking round of applause!!

Lera Matzen
Lera Matzen

What are they protesting about? A thug tried to bum rush an officer, breaking his eye socket in the process, the cop shot the perp, and there is an investigation. The investigation isn't even finished yet. So what is there to protest about?

David Mclaughlin
David Mclaughlin

Victims of the world UNITE!, the white man is going to bring you down!

John Salkowski
John Salkowski

FUCK ALL OF THEM, GET A JOB AND STOP ALL OF THE NEW BIRTHS IN THE HOOD, BIRTH CONTROL, IT WORKS STOP ALL WELFARE FOR TEENAGERS WHO JUST WANT TO GET PREGNANT AND A CHECK FOR EACH BABY. !!!!!

Ray Plummer
Ray Plummer

Don't break the law, and the police won't have to draw their weapons.

John Marco
John Marco

Hell no. Don't want to be around when they burn it all down.

Eric Noble
Eric Noble

If you throw in a 2x2x2x2x2 from Uncle Bill's I'll like your page for 24-48 hours depending on how crispy the bacon is.

Constance Cafazza
Constance Cafazza

No way. Big Muddy Blues Festival is what's for dinner for US!

Dana L. West
Dana L. West

That is not proof you idiot. . That's validation for your racist ideals. No one I know rioted or looted a thing and I know a lot more black people than you I'm sure. ..

Valerie Ler'Schea
Valerie Ler'Schea

Listen to Morgan Freeman, he is a well respected man / actor and he feels the opportunity is there, you just have to want it and work for it.. BAM!!

Kim Robison
Kim Robison

The black struggle? Are u kidding me?

Katherine Der Bluten Kat
Katherine Der Bluten Kat

All these comments make me so sad for my hometown. When did everyone become a racist asshole?

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

Damn you're a bunch of ignorant pricks posting on here. If you don't want to participate then don't ya bunch of assholes.

Laura Tomerlin
Laura Tomerlin

Races create their own struggles. The black community has multiple organizations around that can help and educate the black community. Someone who has multiple kids and still on welfare created that problem all on their own. The fact that the taxpayer must now pay for the children of irresponsible people, becomes our problem and quite frankly it's a burden the taxpayer should no longer have to bare. The welfare system was created to be a temporary hand up, not a generational hand out for irresponsible people.

Ree Cee
Ree Cee

Agreed. I try not to read the comment sections as they have become steeped in racism and hate lately. It's difficult not to argue with those who post comments not at all valid, but based upon their lack of knowledge and personal experience.

Brandi Lynn
Brandi Lynn

Christine Elizabeth this is a fucking joke! They make their own struggle. How about legs closed, don't reproduce. Then the struggle gets easier.

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