Ian Mackaye, co-founder of Dischord Records, visits The Vera Project for a special question and answer session September 7th. His bands The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, and Fugazi were some of the first hardcore punk bands to sell and tour nationally as well as worldwide. A true pioneer, Mackaye set the standard for hardcore music and redefined the punk scene, both musically and socially due to his “straight-edge” lifestyle that inadvertently turned into a movement. Mackaye continues to be influential in post-hardcore music. His current band, The Evens, plans to release a new album sometime this fall. His continued devotion to Dischord Records, a record label with a do-it-yourself ethic, has helped to launch the success of several bands in the DC area. With a career spanning over three decades, he proves to have made a lasting impact on music fans worldwide.
Mackaye is an especially inspiring figure to Vera due to his consistent dedication to all-ages shows. He notably testified against an all-ages ban in DC, similar to the Teen Dance Ordinance in Seattle, which prompted The Vera Project to come to fruition. Mackaye’s philosophies regarding all-ages music are aligned with our own: “Music is for all people…. Teenagers are human beings; they know what they’re doing.” Music serves as an empowering, unifying force for people of all ages, in all walks of life. He gets it!
This legend will be giving his exclusive Q+A at The Vera Project September 7th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1651831 Bring your questions and enthusiasm – this is going to be one rad evening!