Amidst the joy of the same-sex marriage law passed last week, we let the dark underbelly of the issue fall to the wayside as emphasis rested on acceptance and progress made. It felt hopeful to focus on positivity in a moment like that, but the fact remains that opposing opinions exist. Deeply rooted, vehement beliefs can be difficult to sway, and unfortunately those beliefs are sometimes communicated through violence, as they were anonymously on the streets of New York City against performer Ron Spiess last Christmas Eve.
Join the good people of the Soap Factory tonight to fight anti-LGBTQ violence and support Spiess’ recovery. The performers list is no small potatoes: Americana notables the Baptism River Ramblers are joined by members of the Cactus Blossoms, Mike “Razz” Russell, plus the lush Annie and the Bang Bang and recently formed Faye Goulet, followed by The Subrubs’ Chan Poling and Hugo Klaers, Marc Perlman of the Jayhawks, Jacques Waits of Twilight Hours and indie jazz singer Wendy Lewis. Here’s hoping the recent law (and this event) help usher in an era free of this perverse violence. There’ll be snacks (and drinks) when the event opens at 6:30, but the show starts at 7 p.m. $12. —EK
The Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE, Mpls., 612-623-9176, soapfactory.org