The Snow Ghost Community Show is proud to present video and audio from Worcester Mystery Band 2008.
Here’s how Jacob Berendes described Mystery Band in 2007:
mystery band is a worcester activity in which everyone who is interested in being in a band submits their name and contact information (and any previous musical experience) to a central organizer, who then organizes the list of people into however many five or six person bands. these bands are given a certain amount of time (usually 2 months) to have a few practices and write between 5 and 20 minutes of original material that is not a waste of everybody’s time. improvisation is prohibited. participants need not have any prior musical experience, just the desire to be in a band and the ability to step up. mystery band culminates in a series of shows for all the bands that pulled it off.
On May 17, 1968, the “Catonsville Nine” went to the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, took 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot in wire baskets, dumped them out, poured homemade napalm over them, and set them on fire.
On the 40th anniversary, we talk with Catonsville Nine member Tom Lewis, and long-time peace activist Michael True.
Scott: Division and self-interest are not good solutions. Building up walls, keeping out people, not being hospitable, they’re not good solutions cause ultimately somebody’s gonna catapult a plague victim over your walls because of the bitterness. You’re gonna end up divided with each other. You gotta keep your values intact.
Mike: So actually Worcester’s success in dealing with people who are experiencing homelessness, or addiction, or whatever, maybe comes into play when we face zombie attack.
Scott: The compassionate cities are gonna fare better.
Bruce is describing “Prince of Darkness.”
Mike: Wait a second, it’s a liquid form of Satan?
Scott: You haven’t seen this film?
Bruce: You gotta see this man!
Mike: How do they manufacture a liquid form of Satan?
Bruce: It’s in a green liquid. How do you liquify vomit after you get it on yourself?