Since Donald Trump was elected President in November, there has been no shortage of protest from the musical community. From concerts to protest songs to a boycott of the inauguration, a number of high profile musicians have let their displeasure at Trump's policy positions be known. But not many are taking the direct financial route of Shakey Graves.
For 72 hours starting Feb. 9, Graves' entire musical catalog will be available on his Bandcamp site to download on a “pay what you want” basis, with 50% of the money raised going “charities, think tanks, frozen natives, music programs, homeless shelters, basically anything nice you can think of.” In a lengthy note posted Jan. 30 on his Facebook page, Graves decried that “Every day it seems we awaken to news that some new hole has been slashed in the foundations of everything we've held true concerning science, human rights and general empathy.”
So, from Feb. 9 – which is “Shakey Graves Day” in Austin – to Feb. 11, ten of Graves' albums will be available. This includes not only his critically acclaimed studio albums like And the War Came and Roll the Bones, but also previous “Shakey Graves Day” releases. These albums are typically only available for one 72 hour period surrounding “Shakey Graves Day” and consist of b-sides, rarities, and live recordings.
While Graves has given a general idea of the types of charities he plans to donate to, he has asked his Facebook fans to suggest others. At the end of the campaign, he writes, “we over here at Shakey Graves labs will aggregate and sift and find some things that resonate and amaze.”
Also mentioned in the note was the detail of this year's Shakey Graves Day concert. Held Feb. 9 at the Mohawk Austin, the show will be opened by local funk act Los Coast. Graves will then be joined by friends David Ramirez and Rayland Baxter for an “in the round” set of what Graves jokingly calls “fart jokes, storytelling, and kumbaya.” The show will with a set from Shakey Graves and the Snacktown All-Stars.
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