Bright Light Social Hour Set to Rally the Capitol
Local rock troupe hopes to spark today’s demonstrations
By Chase Hoffberger, 10:23AM, Mon. Jul. 1
Don’t be surprised if today’s Capitol rally for abortion rights has all the energy of a rock & roll show. In addition to a full lineup of politicians and pro-choice advocates scheduled to speak on the south lawn, local wrecking crew the Bright Light Social Hour has signed up to kick out a few jams.
The local trio, heralded as much for Texas roots as the strength of 2010’s self-titled debut, announced Sunday that it’s set to ignite the swelling audience beginning at noon. (Facebook numbers estimate a crowd of more than 6,500.) Expect a wide array of cheering, chanting, and pro-choice (as well as pro-life) propaganda to follow.
The BLSH crew was in the Capitol last Tuesday during Sen. Wendy Davis’ epic filibuster and the hours of chaos that followed. Inspired by the historic events, the band emerged Thursday with a YouTube video called “Wendy Davis,” a 3-minute jam that mixes recorded “Wendy! Wendy!” chants from inside the building with an intensely repetitive bass line and Curtis Roush’s driving slide guitar.
Also scheduled to appear at the rally is Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, no stranger to political controversy herself. The singer quite charmingly evoked her infamous 2003 call-out for George Bush early Saturday morning:
Just so you know, I'm not the least bit ashamed that Wendy Davis is from TX.— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) June 29, 2013
More details about today’s rally available here.