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.
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.