EastRev started as an idea to help organization/collectives in NY and NJ as well as to help punk bands by finding spaces, clubs or bars that could let EastRev host punk shows. The idea came to me after feeling helpless at protests due to my illegal status in the U.S., I needed to take action! I felt like i needed to take a more direct approach to help and be part of the fight against the already felt and ongoing globalization of capitalism, animal cruelty, police oppression, imperialism, injustice, war, corruption etc... Also, as a musician at that time there was not really that many places that would host punk shows besides a place in the lower east side that hosts till this day punk show matinees and CBGB's.... Bars and clubs in NY are looking just to make money!, they don't care about our scene and honestly as i heard it so many times.... they just don't make money of punk shows!.. So i decided to combine my two frustrations.... and EastRev took shape. In 2006 i took it upon myself to look for places that would let me host punk shows and invite organizations to come and table for free at my events as well as organize benefit shows for different causes and organizations like Win Animal Rights, NYC Anarchist Black Cross, Food Not Bombs, Troops Out Now Coalition, Fire to the Prisons magazine and others. Since then EastRev has hosted over 50 shows and still doing shows today. EastRev's most recent accomplishment was the first annual EastRev Punk Fest which took place on November 20, and November 21 of 2009, where we took 23 punk bands and invited different organizations. It was not only one of the biggest benefits but also one of the biggest punk shows that EastRev has done so far. EastRev is looking forward to continue with the same goals, to give not only punk bands but any band that advocates our ideologies of peace and freedom through action, anarchism and the needed social change that is needed in this really fucked up capitalist country a place to express themselves as well as to continue with the main goal of helping those people who are in the front line.
Keep'n Punk Political
East Rev punk festival