I sometimes say that Brooklyn is Black rock, and a weekend like this one coming up just proves my point.  Saturday afternoon, the place to be is going to be Restoration Plaza for the Restoration Rocks Festival, a celebration of the community development center’s 40th anniversary.  Organizing the festival is Brian Tate who is, among other things, a fellow marketer, cultural activist and lead singer in the band Shrine for the Black Madonna.

Here are the topics we addressed in our discusison.  As you’ll hear, we covered a lot in our 20 minute talk including:

  • Brian’s background
  • The genesis of Restoration Rocks and its goals
  • Some history of Restoration Development Corp.
  • Progressive culture and the need for collective action
  • Advice for non-artists who want to support popular culture
  • Changing consumer habits and economic action
  • The importance of individual choice and action

If you’re around, it’s worth taking a trip to Bed-Stuy, since it’s a great opportunity to see some exciting bands before they break.  Info on the festival follows the jump.

MP3 File

Restoration Rocks Music Festival @ Restoration Plaza

Saturday, September 15th

1368 Fulton St. (b/w New York & Brooklyn Aves)
Brooklyn, NY 11216


A/C Train to Nostrand Avenue or C to Kingston/Throop

Rain Date: Sunday, September 16th

12:00pm-Gates Open
12:30-Red Lights to Rio
12:55-DJ Rainy
1:30-DJ Rainy
2:05-DJ Rainy
2:15-Martha Redbone
2:40-The Dustbin Brothers
2:50-Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe
3:15-The Dustbin Brothers
3:50-The Dustbin Brothers
4:00-Shrine for the Black Madonna
4:25-The Dustbin Brothers
4:35-Game Rebellion

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