MayDay in Seattle: We Went Straight Into the Heat of the Battle...Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 02:19
Yesterday (May 1), my band (EverAfter) played at the plaza at Seattle Central Community College - the starting and ending point of several Mayday protest marches in Seattle.
Each year on May 1st it gets real crazy here in the downtown and Capitol Hill areas.
This year we were asked to play music for the 1st annual counter-violence event known as the "Capitol Hill Mayday Concert."
The only thing was, the event organizers are rather pro-business & anti-$15.00/hour folks (which is a good thing), but they framed this event as such which sort of put a target on our backs (or fronts!)
Of course being a liberty supporter I didn't have a problem with that, but the anarchists marching through didn't much care for it.
So we had a few unpleasent incidents occur during our 75-minute show.
During our first song, a bunch of protestors stood in front of us with a very large banner (with a smiley-face on it of all things) which basically obscured the whole band.
No big deal until they started unplugging stage monitors.
Once we dealt with that, and a after a few EFF-YOU'S yelled at us, a few songs later we lost all our power. Someone had pulled the plug on the generator.
So the sound guy plugged it back in and we put some guards there for the remainder of the show.
All in all though I think it was a success and most of the people enjoyed the show.
We like to think our music may have kept things a little more peaceful than usual as there were no major incidents.
But I doubt we'll do it again next year because the constant spectre of danger was rather disconcerting and took some of the fun out of it.
All the local news agencies were there along with helicopters overhead and a large police force present.
I had to wonder what many of these people were protesting. A lot of them seemed to just want to march down a street yelling obseneties - mostly at no one in particular, and with no apparent organized cause.
I suspect much of it was simply because the calendar said May 1.
Here's a short video shown on the news. You can't really see us too well in this clip, but you can hear us in the background as one of the several marches came through.
Here is our site: