Father John Misty Will Donate Proceeds From North Carolina Concert To Charlotte-based LGBT Support Center
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:24:24
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Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, will be donating the proceeds from his April 27th North Carolina concert to Time Out Youth, a Charlotte-based LGBT support center. Recently, high-profile artists such as Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, and Bruce Springsteen have canceled their shows in North Carolina over the controversial HB2 "Bathroom Bill." Other artists such as Against Me! have elected to perform in protest.
Father John Misty, in a statement to Rolling Stone, said, "The bill is obviously bullshit, [If] I thought playing a show for my fans in North Carolina was in any way some tacit endorsement of this fearful, petty, ignorant nonsense, I wouldn't. I also play states that have oppressive drug laws designed to imprison the disenfranchised, rig elections, deny women their dignity, defend the reckless and insane practice of selling guns and sustain a permanent underclass with hypocritical, opportunist readings of archaic documents written by land-stealers who never intended political privilege to extend past their buddies. These are obviously all huge systemic problems. But for me, this show represents a start in investing in the plight of other Americans."
Father John Misty is currently on tour, and will be playing gigs through the eastern United States throughout April. After that, Tillman is set to play a variety of festival gigs throughout the summer, including Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, and FYF Fest in Los Angeles.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff