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PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary "Vivid" Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)

PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary Vivid Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)I'm really happy that Living Colour is coming to Philly. As you all know Soul-Patrol has partnered on many different projects over the years with the Black Rock Coalition. That kinda sorta makes Living Colour in some respects our "house band" :) Which is why when you go to the homepage of Soul-Patrol.com the first thing that you see, is a quote from Living Colour's Vernon Reid.

If you are in the Philly area, we think that you should make the trip on over to the Keswick to check this show out. Below is the basic info, links, etc. Scroll down further and read a review of a 2010 Living Colour show that I attended in NYC, back in 2010, that had a pretty big impact on my thinking. I wanted you all to read that review again, because if you feel as I do, then you should want to participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Living Colour's groundbreaking album called VIVID.

Last call before tickets are gone! Step back in time and step out with us on April 4th as 25 years after their landmark album Vivid was released, WXPN and Keswick Theatre Welcome Living Colour. They are back with the gritty soul/rock blend that is uniquely thier own.

Their mission, vision, ambition and brio on the bold, bodacious and bristling is still in-tact. Living Colour, a pro-social justice rock band made America's race, class and power conflicts into the meat and substance of its lyrics and their anti-oppression attitude paved the way for multi-racial rock bands. Proclamations of social discontent were clearly articulated in funky, big-footed and booming songs that were buffed up and beefed-up for world domination in a rock marketplace.

Get Tickets Now

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


Concert Review: Living Colour - BRC @ Summerstage Report (Whatever Happened to the Black Hippies?)

Living ColourCheck out this review of Living Colour in NYC from back in 2010 and then plan to come on out and join us @ the Keswick on 4/4/2013 and join the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Living Colour's groundbreaking album called VIVID. As much as I'd like to file a full blown report of this event, I am unable to. That's because I was only there for the tail end of it. As is often the case I tried to do far too many things in a single day and ended up being in Central Park yesterday for about the last hour of the BRC @ Summerstage event and only got to see Living Colour perform.

However the time I was there gave me a great deal to ponder.

The last time that I saw Living Colour perform live was 22 years ago. That show took place at Shea Stadium in NYC, as Living Colour was the opening act for the Rolling Stones during the Steel Wheels tour. The crowd for that event was 99 $ 44/100 percent white. This time out in 2010 in Central Park the crowd was about 60 percent white. I suppose that represents some progress?

Living Colour of course delivered the goods as expected, pounding the audience with live renditions of their speed metal/funk classics of the late 1980's (including "Cult of Personality") and finishing up with what seemed to be a Miles Davis/Weather Report inspired version of the song "Time's Up." I had a great time at the show, the music & the people were truly off the hook.

The reason I had been late in coming to the event was because my day started out early in the morning taking my daughter to a suburban South Jersey HS for her SAT examination (keep your fingers crossed for her). After the test, we drove to Staten Island for a family BBQ/Graduation party for my niece. Since I was already in NYC, I decided to leave the BBQ/Graduation party in mid afternoon to attend the BRC @ Summerstage show in Central Park (& come back later), using a combination of automobile, commuter rail, subway and a 20 block walk. After the BRC @ Summerstage show I returned to the family BBQ/Graduation party in Staten Island, which ended at around 1am.

I mention all of this to you within the context of filing a report on the show because on some level it is a story that is full of conflicts, yet at the same time it is a story that makes me smile.

Earlier today I wrote about the differences between "black hippies" and "funkateers." Back in the day (1970's) clearly I was a part of both crowds and I suppose that I still am today. While superficially they may appear to be the same, they aren't.

The BRC @ Summerstage Event - "Black Hippie Event"

This was a great NYC event. As I stated the crowd was about 60 percent white. However what I didn't say about the racial make up is that it was 20 percent Black & about 20 percent "mixed" (interracial couples/families). Therefore I could say that the crowd was 40 percent "non white" and that would give you perhaps a more accurate picture of the composition of the crowd.

Another way of saying this would be to say that the crowd was 'fully integrated." This of course is what the objective of "Black Hippies" is. They think that an "integrated world" is a better world than a "segregated world." In short these folks are more like disciples of Martin Luther King, than they are of Malcolm X. I ran into numerous people at the event who have long been a part of facilitating an integrated music scene in NYC.

There was a whole lotta camaraderie in the crowd. They all seemed to be there in support of a "cause" (including myself) and if you were to take a survey among the people, they would all agree that the "cause" is now in much better shape then it has ever been, except we just need more Black folk to join in. Of course the reality is that once I left this event, to return to Staten Island by first walking back to the subway station with each succeeding block that I moved away from the event, it felt more like it had never happened at all. Instead what I saw was the reality of 2010 in NYC, a place where you can see extreme wealth and extreme poverty co-existing with each other, within just a few feet of each other as you walk down the street. One wonders how long this condition can last before the "extreme poverty folks" simply decide to start killing the "extreme wealth folks?"

Family BBQ/Graduation party - "Funkateer Event"

This event was a typical inter-generational funkateer type of event (ages from 8-80.) The crowd here is nearly 100 percent Black, except for the lone white woman who has married into the family that everyone is whispering about. They don't really care about an "integrated world," they get quite enough of an "integrated world" during the work week. In short these folks are more like disciples of Malcolm X, than they are of Martin Luther King. There was way too much food & alcohol, not because people want to over indulge. There is way too much because the people just want to make sure that everybody has as much as they want to have and that they don't run out. They even encourage other folks to take home with them a weeks worth of food on their way out the door (it's called "a plate"....LOL) It's what folk who aren't used to having stuff do as a matter of habit. The conversation is mostly about lies. You tell a lie, then I'll tell a lie and we all continue to tell lies till it's time to go home. The reality is that all of our combined lies then become our collective "inconvenient truth" (sorry Al Gore....LOL.) The music is a cross section of 60's/70's/80's Soul & Funk classics + 1980's Hip Hop. There is no Jimi Hendrix, Chambers Brothers or Living Colour playing and if one of their songs were to be inserted into the mix silence would come over the crowd until someone would yell out "take that rock sh*t off." By the time 8pm rolls around, the heavy drinking ensues and all ideas of this being a party for a teenager are completely disregarded. The old folks start tellin lies and more lies with each drink and eventually start dancing to the beat of what has now become exclusively late 70's/early 80's Funk + 80's hip hop. Of course by now all of the teenagers have been relegated to the basement and the old folks (including myself) have now turned the backyard into a kind of "bizzaro basement party from the 70's."

Of course the reality of the two groups isn't really a simplistic as I have depicted here. It's really much more complex...

Both of these two groups have had a substantial impact on American society over the past 22 years. America wants very much to be the kind of integrated society that it's founding documents explicitly endorse (but do not mandate.) However America struggles against itself in moving toward this objective. The adoption of the culture created by the "funkateers" into the mainstream of the larger culture. At the same time the "black hippies" taught the mainstream culture how to socialize across "tribes" and not have to lose the culture of your own "tribe."

Today America has a President who is 1/2 white and 1/2 Black. On a symbolic level his very existence would seem to place the American culture at peace with the notion of integration. In fact on the surface, the President seems to be both a "black hippie" and a "funkateer" at the same time?

- Come On Out To See Living Colour @ the Keswick on 4/4

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary "Vivid" Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)

PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary Vivid Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)I'm really happy that Living Colour is coming to Philly. As you all know Soul-Patrol has partnered on many different projects over the years with the Black Rock Coalition. That kinda sorta makes Living Colour in some respects our "house band" :) Which is why when you go to the homepage of Soul-Patrol.com the first thing that you see, is a quote from Living Colour's Vernon Reid.

Come and participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Living Colour's groundbreaking album called VIVID.

Last call before tickets are gone! Step back in time and step out with us on April 4th as 25 years after their landmark album Vivid was released, WXPN and Keswick Theatre Welcome Living Colour. They are back with the gritty soul/rock blend that is uniquely thier own.

Their mission, vision, ambition and brio on the bold, bodacious and bristling is still in-tact. Living Colour, a pro-social justice rock band made America's race, class and power conflicts into the meat and substance of its lyrics and their anti-oppression attitude paved the way for multi-racial rock bands. Proclamations of social discontent were clearly articulated in funky, big-footed and booming songs that were buffed up and beefed-up for world domination in a rock marketplace.

Get Tickets Now

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


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