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Today at Clark Street Fest - Leo with a young new fan - thanks Chicago! Had a blast! Photo via Catalina Maria Johnson.
CLARK ST FESTIVAL in CHICAGO - Sunday July 29 at 4pm!
alongisde many more including our friends SON DEL VIENTO
Listen to the entire 15 minute interview with Jesse Menendez and Outernational: http://bit.ly/JoEteB
“I feel bad if those people who know of a way out keep their mouth shut. See, if you feel bad for bringing people the truth, that’s just another form of condescension. Cuz really what you’re saying is ‘Hey, these people can’t actually be confronted with reality and challenged with reality to transform themselves and change their own thinking’…and human beings been doing it for many years…and it ain’t easy! We’re making rock & roll, shakin’ our stuff on stage. We’re not up there patronizin’ people. There’s a “shake you out of your laissez-faire malaise,” and let’s get ROCKIN’ cuz we have a lot of work to do!” - Miles Solay
“The sound is a brilliant, aggressive, bottom-heavy hybrid that brings to mind bits of rock, rap and rock en español.”
- Outernational in The Chicago Tribune
Miles in CHI REMEZCLA in “Rebel Music: The Sounds of Anti-NATO”
“What’s the importance of an anti-NATO summit show this weekend?
Outernational is coming to the city of Chicago this weekend to deliver the revolution rock, as we do night in and night out. Our concert Friday night at the Abbey Pub is timed to coincide with the anti-NATO protests going on this weekend. We will be there with The World Can’t Wait, Saturday night’s Woody Guthrie tribute show at the Metro, and then on Saturday for the IVAW march and protest. Why? Because NATO’s supposed “peacekeeping” is aimed at maintaining a world of Western imperialist—especially U.S. imperialist—domination over the people of the world.”
OUTERNATIONAL’S CHICAGO SCHEDULE:
Fri - St. Luke’s Lutheran Church | World Can’t Wait Concert - 8pm (unplugged) | RSVP: http://on.fb.me/JOg2Et
Fri - Abbey Pub | HEADLINING CONCERT - 11pm | RSVP: http://on.fb.me/JiZTK1
Sat - Grant Park | Malcolm X Freedom Festival - 4 - 8 PM w/ Rebel Diaz + more
Sat - Metro | Woody Guthrie Tribute Show - 8 pm | INFO: http://bit.ly/J0PGgj
Sun - Grant Park | IVAW rally (Iraq Vets Against The War) | Info: http://on.fb.me/Jzebah
Check out Outernational in the Chicago Sun-Times on this piece about Chicago + Anti-Nato events going on next week! Get Tickets To See Outernational @ The Abbey: http://www.abbeypub.com/outernational-and-graham-czach
Morello’s presence will be felt throughout this weekend’s citywide demonstrations. He’s planning to perform at the Barefoot Summit, a series of free concerts planned (but still pending) in Grant Park during the NATO summit. He’s hoping to march with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and he’s already made headlines as the center of a controversy over a march by National Nurses United workers. Last week, the city yanked the permit for the march, scheduled for May 18, citing Morello’s participation as constituting, in the mayor’s words, “kind of a rock concert.” Morello responded on Twitter: “Why is Rahm Emanuel so afraid of The Nightwatchman??”
“The day it was announced I’d be playing there for the G8 protests was the same day Obama moved the G8 summit to Camp David,” Morello says, chuckling. “I’m wondering if it was a coincidence. Maybe the Nightwatchman was too much for him.”
Even some of Morello’s protégés will be in town.
“Todos Somos Ilegales (We Are All Illegals),” a new album by Brooklyn punk band Outernational, features Morello on both the title track and a mariachi-flavored cover of Guthrie’s “Deportees.” The set, mixing Clash-ing fight songs with native Mexican music styles, is a concept album about the human costs of American immigration policies along its southern border, and for the last few weeks (after also participating in various Occupy events last fall) the band has been touring back and forth on either side of the Rio Grande and points west. They play Chicago this weekend, too.
“It’s been wild and wooly,” says Outernational singer Miles Solay, from a tour stop in Arizona. “It’s an incredibly militarized and polarized situation, up and down the valley. There are neo-Nazis, Minutemen, vigilantes out here. I wondered if we’d be interacting with them on this tour, but so far not so much. The idea that any human being in 2012 is deemed illegal is obscene, absurd and obsolete to me. We didn’t make an immigrant rights record, though. We made a record elucidating our vision of the way the world could be. There are a million and one stories along this border, and we’re trying to tell a few as a springboard for people to see the issues in a different way. It’s not a policing issue, it’s a people issue.”
Guthrie’s song, “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos),” details a 1948 plane crash, specifically the way the victims, mostly migrant workers, were dehumanized by being unnamed in official reports: “You won’t have your names when you ride the big airplane / All they will call you will be ‘deportees.’”
Outernational didn’t plan the song to be part of a full-length album.
“I told [Morello], ‘How about we do this Bob Dylan-Joan Baez bit from the Rolling Thunder Revue, when they sang ‘Deportee,’” Solay says. “Let’s do it as a duet. We pulled it together one afternoon at Tom’s house, this Mexican-folk version. That’s what kickstarted this particular record. It was just supposed to be an EP, but we wound up telling this whole story.”
The band’s other full-length, “Welcome to the Revolution,” recorded by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), is due later this year. But first, they’re touring the immigration songs — and joining Morello in Chicago (possibly at the Guthrie tribute, too) for a busy weekend of protest music.
“There’s a lot to learn from that guy,” Solay says of Guthrie. “He wrote in a very different time period and we are different people, but there are a lot of parallels between this tour and what Woody did.He was out there on the front of things. Everybody knows the railroad hobo thing, but why did he do that? He went out there and tried to know the people. You hear that in his songs, and in ‘Deportees.’ I’ve thought about that a lot. Not every band gets to do that. Singing your message at the exact time people need to hear it most — no one should take that opportunity for granted, man.”
Outernational rocks Chicago
“New York rock band Outernational, created quite the frenzy with a stellar performance at MultiKulti, a Chicago multicultural community center located near the Bucktown neighborhood…” by Sandra Treviño