Photos courtesy of Michael Clark
By Jonnathan Pulla
Local bands will play on August 9 in East Hampton, New York, to raise money for the Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group against gun violence.
Young Musicians Unite for Gun Sanity’s idea was born on the aftermath of the Parkland and the Las Vegas shooting.
“I have a friend whose daughter lost a an eye in the Vegas shooting and I can’t even imagine the pain that all these students and families are enduring,” Michael Clark, the organizer of the event, said. “Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to support this anti-gun violence group that has realistic approach to gun reform and safety.”
The event will feature three local bands: The Sectionals, Big Karma and Earth Real. The bands will donate all the proceeds to the Everytown for Gun Safety cause.
“It affects everyone of us and the safety of our communities,” says Jackson Thomas, a member of Big Karma. “It’s important to keep this positive movement alive.
As a former owner of Crossroads Music, an organization that promotes local events featuring local bands, Clark has made connections that helped him organize the event.
“Music is the universal language and it’s a way to gather people especially young people so they can be part of the community and get involved in movements like gun control,” Fabian Rodriguez, a former Crossroads attendee, said. “Music gives people a voice and a way to tell a story that they might not be to tell otherwise.”
A voting registration booth will also be present at the concert to encourage people to register to vote on the midterm elections.
“The timing is perfect for the midterm elections and was another reason for choosing what we do,” Clark said. “We do believe the gun issue will have a huge impact on the event and the voting.”