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Music at Occupy SLC


Talib Kweli, Michael Franti, Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel, and more have lent their voices and music during impromptu sessions to uplift the spirits of the Occupy Wall Street protesters over the past weeks. Locally, it’s been a bit slower, but now several musicians are confirmed to play Occupy SLC at Pioneer Park.---

Tyler Galovich, events organizing committee chair, says that Eric Eschelbach was the first local to play for the protesters. Eschelbach played a four-hour set of reggae protest songs on the first night the group camped in the park. He was able to play because he rolled in with a trailer and a power source, Galovich says.

“We’ve been having an issue with the power. The park pulled the plug on us. We’ve been trying to get generators, and we finally have some now and the park is also letting us use power again,” says Galovich.

“At this point, we are ready to rock,” he says, adding that a few impromptu acoustic sets and jams have happened, but not full-on gigs.

The first act to play will be the Tony Holiday & Jordan Young Blues Revival this Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. following Occupy SLC’s first press conference. The regular evening march will follow the set.

On Sunday, there will be an open-mic-style event, including a drum circle, in the morning, followed by sets by Grey Fiction and Killers Project at 4 p.m.

Other bands that have confirmed include Red Dog Revival, Wasnatch, Sleepwalkers, Veggie Stew, Babble Rabbit, Junior & Friends, and more, Galovich says. Occupy Salt Lake hopes to have shows weekly—if not several times a week—which might serve as inspiration for the protesters like Galovich, who is prepared to camp as long as it takes to see change.

“I think the artistic role is huge in these type of protests, and dates back to the '60s. Music just touches people in ways other things like lectures and conferences can’t,” Galovich says.

For more information about Occupy SLC events, click here.