Clubs & Concerts, Community

Music for Moral Monday: NC Music Love Army, Sidecar Social Club, Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic

When: Mon., July 29, 9 p.m. 2013

Last week, as hundreds of people streamed in straight lines across the green lawn of Halifax Mall and into the icy air conditioning of the North Carolina General Assembly, music led them. From the stage where the Rev. William Barber spoke about Trayvon Martin and the 92-year-old Rosanell Eaton spoke about being arrested as part of Moral Monday weeks before, Durham rapper Shirlette Ammons browbeat the verses of "My Body" as a small ensemble of Triangle women delivered the self-empowered chorus. For a protest movement that sometimes has seemed to be led only by the aging, it was an important hands-across-the-aisle moment, showing that the area's artists and youth are willing to join the ranks of the publicly incensed. The N.C. Music Love Army, a sprawling new collective attempting to use original protest music to raise awareness about the misdeeds of the state's legislature, includes Ammons and the musicians who joined her on stage last week. They're working on a short recording of their songs as well as a major fall concert. For now, they'll flock from Halifax Mall to a rock club downtown to raise money for the legal fees of those arrested as part of Moral Monday. Sidecar Social Club, Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic and Peter Lamb & the Wolves join the fight. —Grayson Currin

Price: $5-15

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