I don’t think I’ve ever felt this bad after going to a show. I went to see Jonathan Jones (We Shot The Moon/Waking Ashland) play tonight and was pretty excited about it. When my friend and I got to the venue there was like 30 people there and by the time he went on there was less. This is a venue that can hold like 300 people and everyone was just hanging out by the bar, no one by the stage. Even went he went on, my friend and I were the only people by the stage. I was the only person singing along, he kept asking what songs I wanted to hear, it was like we had a private concert. Some people might think this is cool, but the fact he came out to Long Island to play a show and to have no one show up is just so depressing. He’s been at this like 10 years and his bands have been signed to labels like Tooth and Nail and The Militia Group and no one comes out? I mean he played fantastic and damn does he have a voice and he was so nice/gracious after. I loved watching him, but being the only person into it is just such a weird feeling. And I know he has fans because his kickstarter last year did so well and I know people who live elsewhere that listen to him. I guess it just hurts me since I’m used to going to sold out shows and to have an experience like this really puts things into perspective.
But honestly, go out and support the bands/musicians you like because if you skip the show, there might not be a next time.
Posting a video to spread awareness is cool as it is a horrible thing that’s been going on for over 25 years and needs to be stopped, but Invisible Children is a joke of a charity. Hanging up posters isn’t going to do shit but kill some trees. Most of the money they earn goes toward staff wages and other expenses. This campaign they’re doing now “expires” on December 31, 2012. Causes shouldn’t have an expiration date. The U.S. Government and other countries have been trying to stop the LRA for years with peace talks and other means, so these policy makers the video talks about are most likely aware of the situation. I’d suggest finding a better charity to donate to.
I’d also suggest reading this, which shows action is already being taken: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/world/africa/barack-obama-sending-100-armed-advisers-to-africa-to-help-fight-lords-resistance-army.html?_r=1
And this which is IC’s financial statement for last year.