Titled “Young Musicians Unite for Gun Sanity,” Guild Hall in East Hampton will host local musicians for a night of gun control awareness on Thursday, August 9, at 6 PM. The event organizers have also said that all proceeds raised from the event will go directly to Moms Demand Action, a charitable wing of the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.
The event begins in the Cheryl and Michael Minikes Garden, with several speakers who are strong supporters of gun control policies allied with the views of the foundation. These speakers include student activists, local residents, former New York City District Attorney Jackie Hilly, and Paul Guttenberg, whose niece was a victim of the school shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Then, at 8 PM, attendees will move into the John Drew Theater to enjoy live performances from local bands The Sectionals, Big Karma, and Earthreal. A voter registration booth will be set up during the concert to promote participation in the upcoming midterm elections. The overall event will also be filmed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Noble for future use.
Artist Eileen Boxer will present a single art piece in the lobby during the event from her activist art project, for which Boxer received the prestigious Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award in 2016. The artwork is a large hand-bound book with reddened pages that leave a residual red dye on the reader’s hands. Each volume contains excerpts from reports of gun violence across the United States.
Boxer stated, “Retrieving the massive raw data on gun violence accounts occurring daily in the U.S. and editing the material into concise narratives, I developed a multifaceted art project that aims to engage viewers on a more personal level in ongoing debates about the gun-violence epidemic in this country.”
Tickets range from $15 to $40 and tickets for members range from $13 to $38. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling 631-324-4050, or by visiting www.guildhall.org.