‘SILENCE=VIOLENCE’ JAN/FEB 2018 U.S. TOUR

December 20, 2017

The mission of the Trump regime has been clear from day one, the normalization of bigotry. Dangerous rhetoric has become dangerous policy that has put countless in harms way. It is the responsibility of all to be on the side of the marginalized and scapegoated and that is the goal of the aim of the Silence=Violence Tour.

No longer can we allow people to sit on the sidelines in the fight for social and economic justice. Inaction makes you complicit. If oppressed people demanding space and dignity in our society is what is making you uncomfortable, perhaps it is because you are a bigot or fascist? We must spread empathy, not apathy. Our aim is to do that at every show we play across the US.

Our society can maintain a status quo of violence and hatred, go back to masking that same hatred and violence in neoliberal wrapping paper, or forge a new society that is inclusive, egalitarian and just for all. It is our optimistic view, even in these dark times, that the latter is within reach.

Each band on this tour is predicated upon an ethic of caring about more than just themselves. To carve out a few hours in a day, in each city, where we can be comfortable in our own skin… free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, bigotry of any kind… this is not an opportunity that any of us tread upon lightly. We’re excited to throw these small celebrations of unity in hopes that it can leave all that attend with a sense of community and organization that will help fuel our collective ability to create positive change and leave things better than we found them.

SILENCE=VIOLENCE U.S. TOUR 2018
Anti-Flag, Stray From The Path, The White Noise, Sharptooth

1/16 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
1/17 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
1/18 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Bar & Hall
1/19 Lawrence, KS – The Granada
1/20 Denver, CO – The Summit
1/21 Salt Lake City, UT –Metro Music Hall
1/23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
1/24 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
1/25 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
1/26 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
1/27 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
1/28 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
1/30 San Diego, CA – SOMA
1/31 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
2/02 Austin, TX – Mohawk
2/03 Houston, TX – Walters
2/04 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
2/06 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/07 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
2/08 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
2/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
2/10 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
2/11 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

With every tour we do, we want to try to find a way to make it about more than just songs or records or a T-shirt or a band… bringing peta2, A Voice For The Innocent, and Love Hope Strength along on this run is an extension of that idea.

Like all Anti-Flag tours we will have a slew of other organizations tabling at each show, but to have these three organization committed to the entire tour is a great privilege for all of us involved in the Silence=Violence tour. To have a space for the culture’s consistently changing conversation on sexual assault and sexual violence, to have a space for the conversation about the ethical treatment of all living things, to have the space for a conversation on ways the people at the show can literally help save folks lives, is 100% what we believe punk rock should be about.