A Benefit for Barrett Brown's Legal Defense Fund Featuring Grant Hart, The MAGNOLIAS, Gay Witch Abortion and Crown Vics
Grant Hart, The Magnolias, Gay Witch Abortion, Crown Vics
345 13th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55413
A Benefit for Barrett Brown's Legal Defense Fund
Four avatars of Twin Cities rock-Grant Hart (whose new album The Argument has been hailed as a triumph by the Onion's A/V Club, among others), punk-pop stalwarts the Magnolias, esteemed noise merchants Gay Witch Abortion, and the roots-rocking Crown Vics unite for a benefit in support of imprisoned Dallas journalist / activist Barrett Brown.
Barrett Brown, whose research into cybersurveillance and provocative way with words attracted unfriendly notice from the Department of Justice last fall, waits in a Texas prison for trial next spring on charges carrying a possible 105 years. Much of his potential sentence relates to copying and pasting a single link.
Brown's bizarre legal predicament -- Rolling Stone called it "a bellwether for press freedoms in the new century" -- has drawn international attention and the aid of top attorneys, but even at a steep discount such a defense doesn't come cheap.
Proceeds will go directly to Brown's legal defense fund, and will be doubled by a generous matching gift received by the fund.
Hüsker Dü was founded by Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould in 1979. Only 17, Grant Hart was nonetheless a veteran of a handful of previous bands and had already been playing music professionally since the age of 13. Using a fake name, Grant produced all the visual art for the band, including all the record covers, some of which earned the band awards and helped secure the group's artistic aesthetic.
Although music is still Grant's main stock in trade, his visual arts skills remain as sharp as ever. In addition, he has recently taken part in several readings of his poetry as well as reading the works of his late friend Charles Henri Ford at the Metropolitan Arts Club in New York. He often performs with Patti Smith and has shared the stage with such notables as Charles Plymell, Philip Glass and of course his late chum William S. Burroughs.
The Magnolias, a tried and true name in American hard rock, earned this status via loud, brash shows on expansive tours of the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s. Fronted by singer/guitarist, songwriter and co-founding member John Freeman, the band solidified its reputation as one of Minneapolis' most formidable musical acts by delivering from-the-gut, yet melodic, hook-laden tunes across seven albums for the Twin/Tone and Alias, SMA and Veto record labels
Gay Witch Abortion
Gay Witch Abortion is a two-piece band (Guitar and Drums) from Minneapolis, MN, comprised of Shawn Walker and Jesse Bottomley.
Steeped in the big beat rhythms of early Rock & Roll, the five piece Crown Vics have reinvented themselves to deliver pure roots Rock & Roll. Formed in 2003, this Chicago outfit has performed across the Midwest and beyond, entertaining audiences on the big stage and, just as comfortably, in the local juke joints. The Crown Vics have attuned themselves to the obscure songs that dotted the radio airwaves during the heyday of Rock & Roll. This band prides themselves on an authentic delivery, using the same instrumentation and performance as Rock & Roll’s founding fathers.