Tuesday, September 29, 2020


Maafa | Outernational | Rebelmatic @ ???


Like so many other folks who love live music and thrive off of it, I have been SERIOUSLY hurting during the last several months. While I also make the majority of my living from live music as well, and I love my job and miss it so much and want to go back like NOW, it's honestly been the lack of emotional outlet and missing the sense of community particularly in the DIY scene that has hurt me the most. Both from performing myself and the energy of watching others perform as well. It had been 7 months since I'd been out to a show, obviously there haven't been many and while I have watched some livestreams, it's never the same. I had been feeling really, really, REALLY depressed the last 2 months or so and while I was trying my best to push back against it, I was still struggling. So when I found out about this event from my friend Ellen the morning of (she is also an awesome photographer and you should check out her work  ASAP) I was unsure at first because my depressed brain was trying to trick me into staying home but then I had some real self talk and said "you know what? you need to get out and see folks and you already love Maafa and Rebelmatic so GET OUT OF BED AND GO" And after checking that it was indeed outdoors and masks were required, that's exactly what I did.

It was so wonderful to be witnessing live music again and to be amongst friends who I have missed dearly. Everyone took safety seriously and gave each other plenty of space, with masks up the whole time. This is what I love about DIY, when we continue to take care of each other and find ways to thrive, even in the hardest of times. Be it a livestream (again, while not my favorite, I'm happy artists can still have an outlet that way) or a front porch jam or a small sidewalk show, DIY punk always finds a way. My mood and spirits immediately improved during and after the show and I'm still feeling a high and the amazing vibes 2 days later. It felt soooooo good to have my camera back in my hands and the push and pull I feel with the band while  I'm shooting. I didn't realize how much I needed that until I was standing there in the moment. Anyway, enough from me, scroll down and take a look at the pics and PLEASE support all of these artists, now more than ever! 

(I list the location as ??? as it was ASK A PUNK and I'm not blowing anyone's spot up. Also anyone considering doing an event like this, just make sure you're taking safety into consideration like these folks did. Rushing into a huge event at this time or any more than 2-3 bands is not the way to go, but done right and safely- outdoors with mask requirement and at a smaller scale- these shows can be a positive outlet and place to check back in with our hearts, minds, and community)


MAAFA- Afro Progressive Hardcore- Hardcore punk meets the sound of the Rhythms of the African Diaspora 


OUTERNATIONAL- Future Rock Music 


REBELMATIC- Sounds like James Brown in a Mosh Pit

If you missed this show, it's okay because you're in luck because Rebelmatic just happens to have an amazing new album out "Ghost In the Shadows" (seems to be on Spotify but not Bandcamp. Either way, get it in your ears ASAP)

For a recent interview on The Photo Ladies with Flora Lucini (Maafa) and Creature (Rebelmatic) where they discuss the work they both been doing in the last few years in NYC to build a community of Black artists and fans, as well as the current state of the US in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the COVID 19 pandemic,  head HERE

Also download Shut It Down: Benefit for the Movement for Black Lives a recent comp featuring 46 heavy artists raising money m4bl.org.


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