We explore how music gives the misfits a place to feel comfortable just as restaurants – either in the front of the house or back of the house – can prepare a welcome table. But on the flipside, food and music haven’t always provided inclusion. The music biz can be a man’s world as can be the kitchen. But either way, music and food give us a place to shine a light and consider ways to be more inclusive.

 Discussion on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. at the Solar Stage.


Writer Sarah Bandy on her first experience being asked to teach drums to teenage girls at Southern Girls Rock Camp for Native Magazine:

“I was convinced that making music was for the experts, for the rock stars, but definitely not for me. I visited a friend in Murfreesboro and she convinced me to help her teach drums at [Southern Girls Rock Camp], although I had never picked up sticks in my life. The first day of camp, I didn’t know anyone and felt a lot like the ten-year-olds that I was supposed to be leading—nervous and unprepared, but longing to feel a part of the palpable positivity and energy flooding the hallways. I peeked into a tiny window and saw a classroom of girls, all sizes and shapes and skin colors and gender expressions, all learning the chord progression to ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ by Iggy Pop with wide bright eyes, and I finally felt like I had found an entry point to the intersection of the things that I’ve always been passionate about: community building, empowering youth to take up space, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Read the full story here.


Writer John Birdsall writes about the Orange Juice Boycott that Changed America for the breakfast-focused website Extra Crispy:

“Weeks after the Miami-Dade special referendum was called, gay bars across the U.S. were boycotting orange juice from the Sunshine State, and activists including Harvey Milk, a vocal organizer in the new queer scene in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, were urging people to drop it at breakfast. Consumer boycotts were a persuasive tactic of the left, starting with farm labor organizer César Chávez’s call in 1966 for shoppers to shun California grapes and lettuce. In 1977, organized labor called for a boycott of Coors beer to protest the company’s labor practices, its union-busting and alleged racism and homophobia. But the Florida orange juice boycott was the first organized by gay and lesbian activists. They called it a gaycott. And it was strongest in what was, in 1977, the gayest city in America.”

Read the full story here.



Really the Blues by Mezz Mezzrow

Billboard magazine called this book “a classic about the fault lines of music and race that continue to define cultural debates in the 21st century.”

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad, 2001

An account of the alternative paths to success by bands like The Butthole Surfers, The Replacements and Big Black who fell outside the mainstream music industry.

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Samuelsson writes about the moment when he realizes not only that he's an immigrant but also one of the very few black men reaching the higher echelons of the kitchen world in New York City.