Hip-Hop! Black Metal! Indie Dance Punk! Hardcore! Momentous occasion! Our world-famous, 3-day music and art festival is getting it’s vegan on this year. And I’m kind of losing my mind over this!
Bumbershoot 2011 producers are giving vegans and music lovers a reason to learn about and from each other with a music scene vegan panel, “Veganism: From Black Metal to Hip-Hop and Everything in Between” moderated by one of my favorite people on the planet, Greg Bennick.
Part of the Words & Ideas series, the Veganism panel will feature: Vegan Black Metal Chef (WHAT?!?! YES!), Kevin Tillman (founder of the Vegan Hip-Hop Movement blog), The Redwood Plan bassist Larry Brady, and be moderated by Greg Bennick (activist, film producer, and singer of sXe hardcore band Trial and Between Earth & Sky). All this, and they’ll be chatting about veganism within music communities. I feel a little faint.
Seriously, I would give my left arm to hang out with these four people under any circumstances, but now I don’t have to! And neither do you! And we get to chat about music and veganism. Pinch me, I am clearly dreaming. Want to know more about these gentle men?
Kevin Tillman is the founder of the Vegan Hip-Hop Movement blog. He’s been practicing holistic activism for nearly 10 years. His focus is to achieve decolonization, confronting all forms of oppression, which include and are not limited to abelism, sexism, racism, anthropocentrism, queer-phobia, and classism. Kevin is the founder of the Vegan Hip Hop Movement blog, which was created to promote veganism through hip hop and build a bridge between your “average” vegan and other social justice movements inherent in the hip hop culture.
Vegan Black Metal Chef, Brian Manowitz, combines his passions for vegan cooking, making metal music, and spirituality to create an awesomely unlikely combination that is informative, hilarious, and enlightening. As a vegan for 11 years, a musician for 9 years, and a mystic for 14 years, his quest to make amazing food and music has culminated into a modern sensation. His website and a a series of YouTube videos seek to answer the question, “What do vegans eat?” set to a self-made soundtrack of Black Metal music with a dash of comedy thrown in. The website also seeks to introduce people to bringing consciousness to their lives and all of their actions.
As a roadie, DIY musician, sound engineer, and booker in the 90s, through playing bass for Seattle dance punk standouts/Bumbershoot 2010 alumni The Redwood Plan, Larry Brady has just about seen it all in his decades in the music industry. After years of being a vegetarian and a lifetime of not squishing spiders, he made the jump into veganism five years ago. Several Midwest tours later, Larry has become something of an expert on how to eat ethically even while in a tour van in the middle of Kansas.
Greg Bennick is a keynote speaker, humanitarian activist, and award-winning film producer & writer. He has been vegan for over twenty years. He spends his time singing for hardcore bands, helping the people of Haiti with his charity One Hundred For Haiti, and speaking nationwide. He thinks eating animals is weird, and is honored to be moderating this panel. Greg’s been a friend of mine for more than 15 years, and once you meet him, you’ll likely consider him a friend too.
So this incredible vegan music conversation in happening on Monday. If you need another excuse to shell out the $35 for a day ticket, or you aren’t sure which day to attend, let me just give you 7 other reasons to show up on Monday:
12:00 – The Horde and the Harem
1:30 – Quadron
5:00 – MASH HALL
6:30 – Laff Hole
7:00 – Writing Battlestar Galactica
7:45 – Doug Benson movie chat
9:15 – Hall & Oates
Plus, your 3-day weekend will seem much longer if you do something rad when you would normally be at work. Also, if you can muster, bring a bunch of other people too, vegans and veg-interested, or even veg-opposed. All ideas and opinions are welcomed.