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|