In the aftermath of the hate rally in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend, many artists responded swiftly by condemning the gathering and its attendees. Maceo Plex took it a step further by offering his own form of counter-protest: through music. In a tweet posted early Monday morning, the DJ and producer offered to host a free show in Charlottesville.
Let's do a free party in Charlottesville to promote & dance for unity & equality, and fight those @realDonaldTrump supporting neo nazi's.
— Maceo Plex (@MaceoPlex) August 14, 2017
Maceo Plex doesn’t mince words here. He characterizes the neo-Nazi rally attendees as Trump supporters, and makes the distinction that this free party is neither for them nor for reconciling with them.
We applaud Maceo Plex for not taking the lazy route by saying something to the effect of “let’s all just get along”. Instead, he proposes that this free show is a communal gathering place for those combating racist, neo-Nazi rhetoric.
In response to Maceo Plex, several artists enthusiastically offered to join the free show.
Soul Clap, Coyu, Chet Faker, and Modeselektor, are some recognizable names to respond directly to Maceo Plex’s tweet. Some, like Soul Clap, are already quite vocal when it comes to championing progressive causes.
After the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, artists, and promoters, Maceo Plex followed through this morning by calling for promoters in Virginia to reach out.
Any serious promoters in Virginia that would like to take part in a free event to promote Unity & fight neo-nazi rhetoric/violence?
— Maceo Plex (@MaceoPlex) August 17, 2017
Charlotte, NC-based promotion company Aurora responded enthusiastically, alongside Washington, DC-based music community Nu Androids. So far, these two groups seem to be taking the most initiative on making this free show a reality. From here, it’s a matter of scheduling and finding the proper venue.
Stay tuned for more information on this free show as organizers confirm details.
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