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A Free Pre-Anti Inauguration Day Concert In DC, Why Isn’t There More Of These?


Do you remember  a blue flyer circulating on the internet and announcing a Freedom concert, on inauguration day? What happened to this? It was supposed to have everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Sting, Lady Gaga, the cast of Hamilton, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Willie Nelson….and so many other superstars. Of course it was fake and it won’t happen, but I wonder why there wasn’t anyone who got the idea to organize a similar concert, it didn’t have to have this super lineup, but I am sure a few would have agreed? It’s not as if all the rock stars had other plans, none of them actually participate to the inauguration, even the Bruce Springsteen cover band, which was supposed to perform, is out! So everyone is free that day and about all of them are opposing Trump! It is a missed opportunity.

At least, my hope was a bit rejuvenated with the announcement of a concert in Washington DC. According to NME, the National and Common have been announced for a free pre-anti Inauguration Day concert, on Thursday (January 19th) at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.

The concert, which promises a ‘call to action for supporters of reproductive freedom to take action wherever they are’, has been organized by Planned Parenthood and the All Access coalition, the reproductive health services which feel under attack (and defund) with the upcoming administration.

According to Pitchfork, there will be more special guests, so there is no reason to not show up if you are in DC.… as a matter of fact the event is called ‘Show Up, a concert for reproductive health, freedom and justice’

However, it is already too late, according to a D.C. local paper, the tickets, which were allocated on a first come first served basis, have already been all distributed. No surprise there, the 9:30 Club is not that big, a 1,200-people capacity. But again, why a bigger venue and a promoter didn’t jump on this opportunity? The event didn’t even have to be free, plenty of people would have been more than happy to pay $10-15 for a good cause. Why didn’t someone organize a similar event in many cities across the country? It may be the biggest missed opportunity of the decade.

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