Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy, END) has announced a special livestreamed charity event for the American Civil Liberties Union. The virtual event, which is being called “We Can Do Better: Words From The Underground,” will take place on June 14 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT and it will find musicians, labels, producers, etc. taking part in discussions and various giveaways.
The following participants have been confirmed:
- Ice-T (Body Count)
- Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die)
- Bryan Garris (Knocked Loose)
- Matt Heafy (Trivium)
- Kurt Ballou (Converge, God City)
- Andrew Marsh (Thy Art Is Murder)
- Tom Williams (Stray From The Path)
- Scott Vogel (Terror)
- Todd Jones (Nails)
- Buddy Nielson (Senses Fail)
- Alan Day and Dan O’Connor (Four Year Strong)
- Josh Smith (Northlane)
- Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, God Forbid)
- Anthony Martini (E-Town Concrete, Commission)
- Patrick Sheridan (Fit For An Autopsy)
- Brendan Garrone (Incendiary)
- James Pligge (Harms Way)
- Brendan Murphy (Counterparts, END)
- Ethan Harrison (Great American Ghost)
- Mark Lewis (Producer)
- Anthony DiDio (Vein)
- Monte Conner (Nuclear Blast)
- Justin Louden (Closed Casket Activities)
- Carl Severson (Ferret, Good Fight Music)
- Equal Vision Records
- Pure Noise Records
- Nuclear Blast
- Relapse Records
- Closed Casket Activities
- Good Fight Entertainment
- Ferret Records
- Liquid Metal
- Metal Injection
- Evil Greed
“To be honest I was initially torn about doing this. The distaste and rage I have for our systemic issues in this country are more palpable than they ever have been. But I am NOT the voice of the oppressed, and I would never pretend to be.
What I can do is sit down with my fellow artists, friends, peers, and heroes alike and start a conversation about what we CAN do to support institutions for positive change, because something HAS to change. And the money that will roll in from this event will go to the experts. The ACLU. The Civil Rights organization that has fought for the purest form of free speech, justice, and equality for ONE HUNDRED YEARS (let one hundred years sink in for a second). The work that they are heavily involved in today aims to tackle these systemic issues.
The artists who will appear on this livestream come from different corners of life, different upbringings, different tax brackets. Naturally, some people are more comfortable expressing their opinions and beliefs to the public than others. I ask that you do not expect fire and brimstone from everyone, and do not scorn those who’d like to have a lighthearted conversation about music. The act of participating and donating sought after items to a worthy charity should be enough for you to understand their intentions.
This raffle will be one for the books. Extremely rare items, tons of merch, test presses and limited vinyl, music gear, it goes on and on. A lot of those involved are bringing something special and I truly thank them for parting with sacred items.
The link is live to start donating now. We will be announcing more details and giveaways soon.
If you’d like to participate on any level just message me.
Go big or go home.”