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Flash Banned: Freedom of Speech

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 7:00 PM

Event Details

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Meet & Greet Jam Details: Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Event Details: Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Club Heaven, 2327 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan, DC
Club Heaven, 2327 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan, DC
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About This Event

Flashband and The District Of Columbia Public Library join forces for a special Banned Books Week presentation. “Flash Banned: Freedom Of Speech Showcase” is a multi event showcase highlighting our freedom of speech, and humanity's natural disdain for censorship. Musicians will be challenged to perform songs inspired by the concept of censorship and free speech. Each band will be given a 15 minute set, and will be asked to write at least one original song in the theme of the event. 3 bands will have the opportunity to perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as a part of the Banned Books Week celebration.e

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

The Show:

This show will be split into 2 performances.

The Main Performance

Heaven & Hell

2327 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan, DC

Saturday September 27th, 2014

Doors 7pm, first band at 8pm

$10 cover


MLK Library Preview Performance

For the first time, we are partnering with the DCPL for a special Flash Banned Preview Showcase. 3 bands will have the opportunity to perform their sets at an event held at the MLK Library in Washington DC.

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Thursday September 25th, 2014 (update: the website previously listed the date incorrectly as Wednesday)

7pm – 8pm



The Theme

For their song choices and original songwriting, bands should look to Banned Book week for inspiration. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Registered Bands (8)

* indicates band leader


Acoustic -- upright bass, guitars, banjo at the very least. We're looking at Know Your RIghts by the Clash, I Hear them All by Old Crow Medicine Show, and the Beach Boys' God Only Knows, which wasn't played on the radio because it mentioned "God" in the title.

The F Bombs

Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Marley, & Originals!

Algernon's Stache

Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall; Billy Idol - Rebel Yell; Rage Against the Machine; Silverchair - Anthem for the Year 2000 Juan Pablo Cuesta - Bassist

Free Mason

Powerful sadness. Raw and relevant. Different languages.

The Subversives

Working on it...

Fahrenheit 451

straight-up acoustic rock/pop with some fun and some heart bleeders. there will be 80s covers, without question. and a quiz with prizes. Flashband Platinum Award Winners

Pas Literati

Politically-infused, guitar-heavy, grunge rock.

Truth Unleashed

Current tentative setlist: Throw Away Your Television - RHCP Vietnow - Rage ATM Gimme Some Truth - John Lennon Ohio - CSNY

Message Board

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Erik Smith
Sep 13, 2014 7:30 PM
Fahrenheit 451 needs a bassist and drummer. We have some material worked out. email me at erikdonsmith at gmail.com

Damien K
Sep 13, 2014 5:23 AM
No reply? My playing's 2 good, 2 bad, 2 late? Listen 2 my guitar, keys, bass, vocal. Critique or invite me 2 jam.+ i'm a nice person. :)

Damien K
Sep 13, 2014 5:04 AM
Now added piano and bass tracks of my playing. The link to all twelve tracks: https://soundcloud.com/10ear/sets/performancesampler/s-vypom

Damien K
Sep 12, 2014 3:02 AM
Please check out the link in my Profile's Bio to new audio clips of a performance sampler of my guitar & vocals; will add keyboard soon.

Damien K
Sep 11, 2014 1:30 AM
Will try to upload soundclips tonight around 12:00 a.m. MST (Musician's Standard Time) or after.

Damien K
Sep 10, 2014 6:55 PM
Guitarist available, pretty decent. Keyboardist also, decent. Vocalist. Team player. Song set to theme available. Pls see profile, Damien K.

Fabiola Delgado
Sep 8, 2014 4:09 PM
Guitar/keys wanted! Will pay in hugs and maybe brownies :)

Carlos Munoz
Sep 1, 2014 8:17 PM
Missed the meet and greet, but am looking for a bassist to play Pink Floyd, Silverchair, System of a Down, etc...

Katharine Key
Aug 28, 2014 10:00 PM
Erik Smith, your profile isn't working. Can you email me?

Anjan Mukherjee
Aug 26, 2014 3:25 PM
Missed meet & greet, but would love to play with folks at the event. Drums/gtr/bass. Pref for drums. Suggestions: CCR, Beatles, James Brown

Erik Smith
Aug 26, 2014 2:55 PM
Howdy folks! I missed the meet and greet (I did the sounds of the 60's flashband that same day) but would love to participate in this event.

Brandon Caudill
Aug 25, 2014 4:09 AM
If anyone is looking for a drummer let me know. Have flexible practice hours. I'll play to anything but love classic rock and funk.

Katharine Key
Aug 22, 2014 3:10 AM
any bands want to work with me on the arrangement for this song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww4TLgNUY4c So bummed I'm missing the m&g.

Katharine Key
Aug 15, 2014 2:47 AM
I can't make it to the meet & greet but hope someone will pick me up as a vocalist.

Event Leader

Cody Valentine is leading this event. Have questions?
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