Singer-songwriter Chadwick Stokes Urmston, of the bands Dispatch and State Radio, held a solo concert at Dewey Square in Boston, MA for Occupy Boston protesters on Wednesday, November 9.
Urmston has been spending some time around the Occupy movements recently, taking walks through the Boston and Providence encampments and talking with protestors. He was invited to perform in Boston through his connections with veterans’ organizations such as Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Urmston said that the occupations have the kind of atmosphere Urmston and his band State Radio have been hoping to inspire for years. “It took a little while, but this is finally happening,” Urmston explained excitedly. “This movement is the anchor. I am inspired to be here.”
As Urmston and State Radio tour the country this year, they are sending material support to the occupations in each city they stop in, including wool socks and food. With much of his music addressing injustice, activism, and revolution, he is hoping that this movement grows towards accomplishing some sort of economic, political and electoral reform.
During the writing of his newly released solo album Simmerkane II, Urmston hopped trains across America and saw how the crumbling of our nation’s infrastructure impacted towns across the country. He spent time with other travelers, many whom were homeless Veterans, Musicians, and others surviving on the fringe of our society. “It is pretty difficult out there”, Urmston said.
“This is the future, and all of our futures are in the hands of these protesters,” Urmston asserted. “They need to stay the course and keep warm.”