This month, the Flea Off Market is getting a little political — for a good cause, of course.
“A Weekend of Love & Resistance” will be held in conjunction with the market April 7-9 and includes more than 35 bands and musicians on two indoor stages at Fresh Start Growers Supply. The event will raise funds and awareness for the ACLU of Kentucky and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, and will host a number of social justice nonprofits that’ll have booths on site as well.
Described as an inclusive, grassroots community festival, the event is organized by Carrie Neumayer, Christy O’Connell, Salena Filichia and Stephanie Gary. Insider caught up with O’Connell, who also will perform with her band Juanita, to find out more about the inspiration behind the festival.
The idea, she says, came when she and Neumayer worked on a music compilation of resistance songs last year and wanted to eventually hold a concert.
“We decided to go a step further, because we knew there were more performers and artists other than our immediate friends itching to voice their passion for love and resistance to hate,” says O’Connell. “We decided to broaden the scope and hold the event in tandem with the Flea Off Market to make sure this full weekend of music, art and activism would reach a large, diverse demographic and provide an opportunity for multiple social justice groups to hold space so more folks can see who is out there doing what and how to give them support.”
According to the press release, the organizers believe in the power of the arts to create bridges across differences, heal wounds and inspire positive community action. And they’re standing up for myriad of causes: “We value democracy, human rights, racial justice, immigrants, refugees, women’s reproductive freedoms, affordable health care, the LGBTQIA+ community, the arts, education, the environment, and the importance of creative expression,” the release states.
O’Connell and the organizers want to give people who are frustrated with the current political climate a community in which they can unite in a positive way and fight for the causes they believe in.
“I think it’s important to remember that when we start to feel our most hopeless and powerless, sometimes the best medicine can be figuring out a way to take that anger and sadness and channel it toward something positive,” she says. “For some people, that might look like donating money to organizations to enable them to continue their important work. For others, it might be getting involved on the ground level in changing policy or volunteering time to folks in need.”
It’s important to realize that everybody has a voice, she says, especially musicians and artists.
“Art can be a powerful force for healing and forging strong relationships across differences,” says O’Connell. “Our goal with this event was to provide the opportunity for community involvement under the umbrella of ‘love and resistance’ in whatever form feels right for each individual.”
Performances begin Friday, April 7, from 7:30-11:30 p.m., and continue Saturday from 2-11:30 p.m., and Sunday 1-6:30 p.m. Participating bands and musicians include Julie of the Wolves, Ron Whitehead, Ut Gret, Catherine Irwin, Joe Manning, The Uncommon Houseflies and many more. While the Flea Off is always free, there is a suggested donation of $5-$10 for the live music.
The Flea Off runs April 8-9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fresh Start Growers Supply is located at 1007 E. Jefferson St.
The full “A Weekend of Love & Resistance” schedule is below.
Friday, April 7
The Uncommon Houseflies — 8-8:30 p.m.
Planetary Overdrive — 8:30-9 p.m.
The Afrophysicists — 9-9:30 p.m.
Killii Killii — 9:30-10 p.m.
Brother Wolves — 10-10:30 p.m.
Jonathan Henley (New Orleans) — 10:30-11 p.m.
Boner City — 11-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8
Yared Sound — 2-2:30 p.m.
Scz of Rhythm Science Sounds — 2:30-3 p.m.
Adventure — 3-3:30 p.m.
Life of the Party — 3:30-4 p.m.
Troubadours of Divine Bliss — 4-4:30 p.m.
Eyeball — 4:30-5 p.m.
Rebecca Minnick & Lance Minnis — 5-5:30 p.m.
Keenan Lawler — 5:30-6 p.m.
Ron Whitehead and the Storm Generation — 6-6:30 p.m.
The Filipino Snares — 6:30-7 p.m.
Julie Of The Wolves — 7:20-7:40 p.m.
Tyler Lance Walker Gill backed by Nellie Pearl — 8-8:30 p.m.
Six Bells — 8:30-9 p.m.
Joe Manning — 9-9:30 p.m.
Sasha Renee — 9:30-10 p.m.
Ut Gret — 10-10:30 p.m.
Black God — 10:30-11 p.m.
Juanita — 11-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 9
Analog Cannibal — 1-1:30 p.m.
The Other Years — 1:30-2 p.m.
Ben Helm — 2-2:30 p.m.
Pleasure Boys — 2:30-3 p.m.
GRLWood & Swisz aka Honesty — 3-3:30 p.m.
Tuar — 3:30-4 p.m.
Catherine Irwin — 4-4:30 p.m.
Bathroom Laws — 4:30-5 p.m.
Soft Self Portraits — 5-5:30 p.m.
Memory Gloss — 5:30-6 p.m.
The Bang Bangs — 6-6:30 p.m.