August 18, 2011

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde!

About a week ago my friend Rebecca and I packed a picnic, grabbed our blanket and headed about 30 minutes south to the town of Hudson, NY to watch Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde perform!  It was an awesome concert and the venue was even better!  

The first time I saw Taina Asili perform was during one my graduate classes; she was a guest who came in to sing and speak about her work with political prisoners.  I will admit that at first I was very skeptical; her music is very different from the mainstream and her political beliefs (at the time) did not appear to mesh with mine at all.  See, In graduate school classes I tend to play the roll of the devil's advocate conservative in order to counter traditionally liberal classroom views.  During the class I asked (some may say grilled) Taina on her work, the meaning behind her music and was surprised; her answers to all my questions were very thought provoking!  

Fast forward a month and there I was at the Capital Region (Gay) Pride Festival in Albany's Washington Park on a rainy Sunday with my friends Rebecca and Andra to watch Taina and her band perform.  Now for anyone who knows me, my father and my upbringing, a gay pride festival would NOT be a common occurrence in the Lemon household.  But needless to say it was so much fun and the concert was great!

Fast forward another month to a gorgeous Wednesday night on the Hudson Riverfront in Hudson, NY and we are having a picnic, drinking some beers and watching the band perform surrounded by hippies, hula-hoppers and unicyclists!  Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde is fast becoming one of my favorite bands, their CD is on in my car more often than not and I am definitely willing to travel to see and support them.  I have also  begun really embracing the band's message and the way in which they choose to perform and put out their music.  Check out their site!  Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde performing!

View from the dock

Hudson Riverfront Park

No comments:

Post a Comment