On the official Rock the Revolution site, presidential candidate Ron Paul says: "I always knew that if you were going to have a revolution, you needed two things. Young people, and music."
Well -- looks like he has the music part locked down with Rock the Revolution Concert, scheduled to be held Thursday, November 3, at Club Red in Tempe.
Details on who will headline the concert are not ready to be announced (but the press release hints that it's probably rapper KRS One). National acts scheduled to play include Europa, Per Capita, Voice of Independence, and Rise, Consise & Krookid (and I've never heard of any of those bands), with Captain Squeegee (of "9/11 Was An Inside Job" fame), Property Six, and Sun Ghost providing local support. Pretty heavy on the hip-hop for a guy who has long been accused of thinly veiled racism.
While Republican candidates and popular music usually make for strange bedfellows (ahem) Paul earns a decent amount of support from the anti-war, pro-weed crowd (who I am sure as passionate about the gold standard as they are ending the war on drugs).
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I will be speaking with Trevor Denton (Sun Ghost) and Danny Torgerson (Captain Squeegee) next week about Paul, immigration, and how going back to the gold standard would benefit the local music scene (I think that's the stance, at least).
Here's KRS One's "Can't Wake Up." Presumably this is the kind of political commentary that Ron Paul is in to: