Went to a screening of the documentary Afro Punk at Hothouse last night. It deals with racial identity within the punk rock scene, following the lives of four black musicians who have dedicated themselves to the lifestyle and their experiences with "duality"- being black in a largely white scene. The Chicago black punk rock community did a great job of getting the word out. The place was packed with scores of punk rockers watching the screen attentively. The evening was capped off by a one-off reunion show by Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. The ads for the screening were calling it "the reunion show" but the particulars are rightfully taking things one step at a time. The farewell concert nine months ago was the result of a lot of growing resentment within the band.
But when D-Settlement hit the stage last night it felt right, like nothing had happened. It was a good opportunity to confirm with Marvin his appearance at next week's "Speak Easy." Apparently he committed at the right time for it: Marvin's gonna be on a future episode of HBO's "Def Poetry Jam." No doubt he'll add some much needed original flavor to the festivities.