Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bloodclot, Wisdom In Chains, and The Captures decided to take part in a big show at Tompkins Square Park in New York City yesterday (April 24). Black N Blue Productions put on the show for free, but attendees were encouraged to donate to the New York City Firefighters Burn Foundation. Nearly 3,000 people were said to have attended, many of which were not wearing masks or social distancing. New York currently allows outdoor events to operate with only 200 people. However that number increases to 500 if people have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Bloodclot‘s John Joseph tried to push back on the controversy surrounding the show:
“Yesterday in Tompkins Square Park well over 2000 peeps came out. Free show for the People by the People. It was a blast! We raised $ for the FDNY Burn Unit, and fed people organic plant based eats.
And let me say this – to all those talking shit. For the last year in NYC there were protests – tens and thousands of people in the streets – some rioting and looting engaging in bias attacks – on 4/20 weed day – thousands filled Washington Square Park – sharing blunts and weed pipes. Nobody said shit. This was our PROTEST – OUR RALLY. People who didn’t want to come – stayed away. Good – nobody missed their ass.
Wanna thank Cousin Joe and The Black-n-Blue crew for doing an amazing job. All the bands killed it The Captures, Wisdom In Chains, Murphy’s Law, and the KINGS of NYHC Madball. PMA was had – smiling faces everywhere – we all needed this! I hope other cities do the same.”
“We had close to 3000 people at the show yesterday in Tompkins Square Park – Everyone had a great time – thank you to all the bands that played and thanks to all those who came out I live streamed it for those who couldn’t make it – everybody have a great Sunday”
Wisdom In Chains also commented:
“Yesterday at #tompkinssquarepark in #nyc was a great time. Thank you @bnbproductions for throwing us on and doing all the work with the city to make this event happen. It was our honor to be a part of something that was so obviously special, and from the words of so many there, it was so necessary for so many peoples well being and mental health. Respect to all the other bands who played @madballnyc @bloodclotofficial and @johnjosephcromag @murphyslawnyc and @creepynyc and @thecapturersnyc also respect to all of the staff, the Park officials, and the great city of New York. #photography by @kevinwilsonnyc”