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MayDay in Seattle: We Went Straight Into the Heat of the Battle...

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.

http://video.seattletimes.com/3528914232001/

Here is our site:
www.everafterwebsite.com

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I should have got in the

I should have got in the bandana business.
I'll check your CD out!

Southern Agrarian

Geez Pt12 only a daily paul nerd .would

Be in a rock band to psss off hippie- chics. Why dont you try gettn with the program you mightve had a lil fun.

Dear Lancealotlink, I'm PROUD to be a "Daily Paul Nerd" as...

...you referred to me. In fact, thanks for the compliment!

Just wondering, do you consider everyone else here a Daily Paul nerd too?

If so, I wondered if that may include yourself as well???

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Loyalty Day helps us forget about the Haymarket Massacre.

A city near me has a Loyalty day Parade on May 1. I didn't know what that was so I looked it up on Wikipedia. "Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom." "The holiday was first observed in 1921, during the First Red Scare. It was originally called "Americanization Day," and it was intended to replace the May 1 ("May Day") celebration of the International Workers' Day, which commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago.) During the Second Red Scare, it was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress on July 18, 1958"

The message is that we are not supposed to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre. "It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers by the police, the previous day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded."

I noticed lots of "anti-corporation-anti capitalism" protestors

...have I-Phones and own cars made by - big corporations!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

My son is the drummer

In the local band Clouds Over Moscow.

I'll check out "Clouds over Moscow" ...

Cool name!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

A lot of kids like to be

A lot of kids like to be reactionaries and dont really have any beliefs other than "Capitalism is Evil!" and "Down with he 1%!"

I even walk past a house in SLC that has a giant sign that says:

END CAPITALISM

And it has a giant anarchy 'a" symbol next to it. Next time I see someone there I will ask them how that works considering that anarchy and pure capitalism pretty much go hand in hand hence the term "Anarcho-Capitalism"

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

sorry to miss your show..

Had I known about it,I would have made the effort to attend.

Thanks Adam - I'll let you know when we play. We met years

...ago at an 11th District meeting I believe. I think you were running for a position if I remember correctly.

Hope you're doing well.

I'm still a PCO, though rather reluctant. How about yourself?

In liberty, Paul B - Renton, WA

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Yeah, man I remember now...

Yeah, I'm a PCO but I just moved to Tacoma so I'll have to relinquish my position...rats(sarcasm). Good luck navigating the Lori Sotelo crucible!

The belly of the beast Is no fun place to be.

I've felt like vomiting for the past 8 hours.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

Were you there Chris?

Is so where were you hanging out?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

I had to hold a sign in front of my town's crooked Cop shop

Yesterday, while they smirked at us.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

Have you got a pic of your sign? What did it say?

?

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

My sign said only one thing..."EverAfter"...

...the name of our band.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

my all-purpose protest sign has the single word

'No.'

Pics coming soon...

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.