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Building A Nation With Bad Brains October 28, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in Blacks, Celebrity, Culture, D.C., Entertainment, Life, Minority Issues, Music, News, Reform, Washington.

On November 4, 2008, punk rock will be alive and well in DC.  The awesomeness of the DC hardcore band Bad Brains will perform live in DC after a very very long hiatus.

By fusing punk with reggae, Bad Brains became one of the definitive American hardcore punk groups of the early ’80s. Although the group released only a handful of records during its peak, including the legendary cassette-only debut, Bad Brains, they developed a dedicated following, many of whom would later form their own hardcore and alternative bands.

Bad Brains will be performing in their hometown.  This historic election night, where either you will see the first African-American elected as president or the first woman elected as vice-president, Bad Brains will be putting on a show at the 9:30 Club (located on 14th Street, NW).

The original crew will be performing.  That’s right…HR, on vocals, Earl Hudson on drums, Dr. Know on guitar and Darryl Jenifer on bass.

Those interested in the DC music scene say this is a long time coming.  “Since Bad Brains has left, DC hasn’t been the same, ” said Carlos, a Brookland neighbourhood resident.  Carlos says he’s listened to Bad Brains for as long as he can remember.  “Their music really has a strong message of hope and immediate action,” he added.

One DC resident said he was extra excited.  “It’s already going to be most important Election Day ever in America, having a chance to hear Bad Brains makes it even better,” said one local resident.

It will be the first time in years the band will perform in the nation’s capital, and it is one of four shows Bad Brains has booked with its original lineup.  Bad Brains released their first proper studio LP in over a decade — called Build a Nation — last year, and that effort featured all of the long-running group’s original members.  The disc was produced by Beastie Boy and longtime band friend Adam Yauch.

In 1979, Bad Brains found themselves as part of an “unofficial” ban.  Their lyrics were considered risky for many club and performance venues because of their strong lyrical content that spoke out against local and national political leaders.  This so-called ‘ban’ inspired their song “Banned in D.C.”


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