We just caught wind of this great on-the-road service moment from Boston-based indie rockers State Radio. They’re currently touring in support of The Nightwatchman (the solo project of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello).
I first caught The Nightwatchman with Boots Riley of The Coup at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI in 2003 and was blown away by Morello’s raw, gritty approach to activism. Unlike Rage or Audioslave, he does it simply with an acoustic guitar and the sound of his voice. According to Morello, “Each night of this tour is going to be a freedom party. We are going to create a little bit of the world we’d like to see.”
Here’s the report from Los Angeles from State Radio bass player Chuck Fay:
besides the magnitude of players that are coming out for these shows, the real meat of Justice Tour is the local social activism that’s going hand in hand with the performances. on monday, a crew of people from the tour went down to a los angeles PATH facility to serve dinner and hang with the people rolling through. chad, mike, and i got dessert duty, obviously never a bad place to be, which consisted of cutting up and serving some good ol’ fashion pie. (insert cartman voice)
Hit up State Radio’s Tour Blog entry #18 (to the left) for the complete story.
Now why service? “There has been much talk about change this election season, but real change must start with people, not politicians. No matter who is elected, we the people must create justice on the ground,” Morello says.
We at ServeNext.org couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’re pushing for the expansion of AmeriCorps by 100,000 members and calling for increased support of the Peace Corps, Senior Corps, and Learn & Serve programs… so that people have the opportunity to serve full-time for year at places like PATH and can be impacted by the transformative power of that experience.
No stranger to the National Service community, State Radio participated in several events at last year’s City Year convention in Manchester, NH and has made a point of encouraging fans to get involved in public service by inviting local organizations to have a regular presence at their shows. We’re going to try to catch up with the Justice Tour this weekend in Boston, where The Nightwatchman and State Radio team up for a Sunday evening gig at Berklee Performance Center.