Nothing like a little good-doing to offset the sex-and-drugs image of touring rock and roll bands! For almost a full decade now (!) Hopeless Records has been fighting this good fight, sending out its Take Action Tour around the country, alongside a compilation on its own nonprofit label, Sub City, to raise additional funds. The tour and comp rotate a cause each year, but it's always something close to benefiting the kids who turn out to the shows.
A lot has changed in the world and in music since the first TAT hit the road. (Just consider the original lineup, which included long-gone acs like the Promise Ring and Snapcase, and even Poison the Well, Jimmy Eat World, and a fledgling Le Tigre.) One thing that hasn't changed though, is that, honestly, teens are having sex, and adults are doing a poor job of educating them about it.
Enter Sex, Etc., this year's TAT beneficiary. Based at Rutgers University, the organization aims to get the frank talk out there through an online community, a national magazine, and other information resources. Its national Sexuality Education Project Initiative also provides training and assistance to other grown-ups.
This year, Silverstein, Bayside, Polar Bear Club, the Swellers, and Texas in July have all signed on to play in support, and the tour hits Revolution on Saturday, April 30. The all-ages show starts early, at 5:30 p.m., and admission is $18 in advance, $20 at the door. The value of your bucks going to possibly saving someone's life, though, is priceless
Here's Bayside in bed talking about the tour. Teens, don't get any ideas - they're too old for you!