Ripple Effect, a free gathering of progressive music, education, and community on the State Capitol lawn, could've easily extended its tagline, "Beyond the Convention, Beyond Partisanship" to include the blunter "Beyond the Bullshit." So while McCain and co.'s ugly mugs flood the corporate airwaves, Ripple Effect will try to prove that even though the revolution will not be televised, it may very well have a killer drum pattern. The day features performances by activist/artist hybrid staples Michael Franti, Anti-Flag, and Dead Prez, along with talks from global warming activist Will Steger and Native American activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke, as well as the wicked stylings of DJ K-Salaam as the main-stage DJ. I imagine this event, looming in the shadows of the RNC's grandeur, will have the feel of a gang of naive but stubborn hobbits camped out on the side of Mount Doom as the Eye of Mordor glows red hot. Only less geeky. With Wookiefoot, Matisyahu. All ages.
Tue., Sept. 2, noon, 2008