UNMUTE THE FUTURE–a benefit concert for KPFA 94.1 FM free speech radio media @ 924 Gilman in Berkeley on Friday, April 24 at 7 PM.
with Baja Sociedad, Punk Funk Mob, Sarchasm, Chuckleberries, Bankrupt District, Public Safety and Rahman Jamaal (Street Music Poetry}
Members of KPFA’s Outreach Committee, and First Voice Apprenticeship Program and the 924 Gilman Collective are organizing a benefit concert for KPFA 94.1 FM at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on Friday April 24th at 7 pm.
7 eclectic, East Bay bands will be playing: Baja Sociedad, Punk Funk Mob, Sarchasm, Chuckleberries, Bankrupt District, Public Safety and Rahman Jamaal (Street Music Poetry} exploring a range of alternative music with political/cultural themes including social justice and equality challenges we face today. The show will be featured on KPFA’s, April 24th Full Circle program at 7pm with livestreaming on kpfa.org and You Tube posting later from the Gilman
Sliding scale tickets, $8–$20 with a $2 Gilman annual membership can be purchased at the door or for $20 at http://kpfabenefit924gilman.brownpapertickets.com/
This UNMUTE THE FUTURE benefit for KPFA at the Gilman affirms shared history and values for truth telling, inclusive community and empowering people through opportunities and internships. Please help spread the word, buy tickets and bring your friends.
For more information contact: 510-848-6767 Ext 235
Live Stream of the show, click on link below:
KPFA’S AND THE GILMAN’S SHARED HISTORY AND VALUES
KPFA’s mission is:
- To promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression
- To contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors
- To promote freedom of the press and serve as a forum for various viewpoints
- To maintain an independent funding base
Founded in 1949, KPFA is the first community supported radio station in the US and broadcasts on 94.1 FM from Berkeley reaching one third of the state. kpfa.org is the station resource for program information, live radio, and archives.
KPFA is a community powered radio station that creates and curates a unique mix of music, informed public affairs, culture, and news –investigating the contemporary intersections of class, race, distribution of wealth and it’s affects on citizens locally and beyond. The majority of staff are unpaid, donating their time and energy to bring multi-media programming to KPFA 94.1 FM, and kpfa.org and facebook.com/KPFA94.1 and @kpfa on Twitter.
KPFA has been on the scene at historic events with observations, interviews, commentary and music that corporately funded stations would not touch and provides diverse programming that provokes thought and action speaking truth to power. Now as revenue streams are less and less guaranteed for independent media, local community organizations are working together to support KPFA through this community powered benefit concert. at 924 Gilman Street
The 924 Gilman Streetn Alternative Music Foundation, is a often referred to by its fans as “the Gilman”, and is a non profit, all-ages, collectively organized music club and venue. It is located in Berkeley, California about a mile and a half west of the North Berkeley BART station and aquarter-mile west of San Pablo Avenue, at the corner of 8th and Gilman Streets.
Gilman showcases mostly punk rock, specifically pop punk and hardcore punk acts, as well as heavy metal, industrial metal, grindcore, ska punk and, most recently, hip hop in English and sometimes in Spanish,and other languages.
Punk rock fan, Tim Yohannan (1945-1998), was the founder of Maximum Rocknroll, a punk radio show on KPFA in the late 1970s which later evolved into a magazine. In 1984, Tim Yohannan began thinking about establishing an all ages music space in the bay area where bands could play and interact with audience members free of the structure of conventional music promotion. A building was found, and renovated and with a newly forming collective.
Tim later recalled: “…… people were coming out of the woodwork, just showing up and helping — people who had the skills we needed, carpenters, plumbers, electricians.” On December 31, 1986, the first musical performance was held at 924 Gilman. Since then, it has been one of the longest-running independent music venues in the U.S. The club slowly progressed as a mecca for punk youth to get away from everyday issues at home, work, government, etc.
As one early participant recalled, “in order to not be closed down by local police we had to have rules, such as no drinking in or around the club, no fighting, things like that… providing a more or less “safe environment” and sense of collective responsibility.
Josh Levine, a long time punk rock fan, band member, and 1986 Gilman volunteer later recalled: “There was something in the air, you could say, back then. A good feeling, or a sense of pulling together, and unity among people who just wanted to see bands that was free of sexism, homophobia, racism, and especially violence.
As part of a collective 924 Gilman Street members pay a $2 per year membership fee for entrance and can make decisions and contribute to of the club with music and support. Membership meetings occur at 5 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
The Gilman collective and KPFA community members share values of respect and inclusion The Gilman staff does not book or support racist, sexist, homophobic, or major label bands for performances, and bands send in copies of their lyrics in order to book a performance at the venue. Members who espouse racist, sexist, or homophobic beliefs are declared personae non gratae, as is anyone who brings or deals drugs or alcohol on the premises.
Come UNMUTE THE FUTURE at this community powered KPFA 94.1 benefit concert at 924 Gilman.