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Tampa Bay area musicians protest Trump’s inauguration with song

It’s no secret that the creative community isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the Trump win. It became apparent when Trump had problems booking musicians to perform at his inauguration. Instead, many chose to perform at inauguration protest concerts around the country. The Venture Compound in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District hosted its own Inauguration Protest Show on Friday night.

When I arrived in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District, my first instinct was to turn around and go back home. Despite the reports of gentrification, this area still looks like a bunch of creepy abandoned warehouses at night. From behind graffitied walls, I thought I heard the sound of music. There was a promise of something better inside. I drove down an eerily quiet narrow alley, and then I was there: Venture Compound. This place looks like somebody’s garage, but I didn’t let that deter me.

It was 8:30 pm, and about a dozen people were socializing on the lawn. A gentleman at the entrance was collecting donations. There was a $5 suggested donation, with all proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood. The show started with an introduction from Lauren Lance and a performance from Somatic, a Tampa-based jam band. Somatic was followed up by Mouth Council, Rising Down, and more. These guys really were playing in a garage, yet somehow everything still sounded awesome. The focus of the show was music, tolerance, and positivity despite the day’s challenges.

Somatic performing at The Venture Compound in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District.

Joran Oppelt, interfaith minister, speaking at the event
Mouth Council is a group music experience. Billy Mays III passes around the mic and mixes everyone’s sounds into something musical using a 5 channel looper. He does it all in the moment and on the spot. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Rising Down rockin’ the garage


Jennifer Ring

Jennifer Ring is a freelance writer & photographer living in the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, home to some of the best beaches in the state.