Anti-Arizona ‘Sound Strike’ a boon for Red Rocks audiences

When Arizona passed SB 1070–the anti-immigration legislation–some of the fallout was predictable. Namely musicians began saying they would not perform in Arizona. Hundreds of musicians have pledged not to play in the state. For a complete list of musicians and their reasons for staying away, visit the Sound Strike website.

To see Rodrigo y Gabriela performing at Red Rocks with Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, just continue down the page. The five-minute clip includes music and commentary in both Spanish and English. De la Rocha, especially, urges music fans to do what they can to stop such a bill from passing in Colorado.

Rodrigo y Gabriela for The Sound Strike from Producciones Cimarrón on Vimeo.

A study released today indicates that SB 1070 fallout goes well beyond the liberal musician set. Many business conventions were canceled, too, probably costing the state well more than $100 million so far, a story the Colorado independent will report later today.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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