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Madison music merch sale on Thursday will benefit the Free the 350 Bail Fund

The event takes place outside Mother Fool’s from 5 to 8 p.m. and features items from about 40 local artists.

The event takes place outside Mother Fool’s from 5 to 8 p.m. and features items from about 40 local artists.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Schneider.

Music and art have certainly played a role in Madison’s ongoing protest movement against police brutality, including the MCs and spoken-word performers at the Wednesday BLM Kickback series on the Square and various Madison artists’ efforts to raise money for social-justice causes online. The typical benefit-show approach is still largely off the table, so the arts and music community has to keep looking for creative ways to help out. Madison musician, documentary filmmaker, and recording engineer Wendy Schneider will put another welcome twist on these efforts with Thursday’s Madison Bands Support the 350 Bail Fund event, outside Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse on Willy Street from 5 to 8 p.m.

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More than 40 local artists have donated items ranging from LPs to T-shirts to screen-printed posters. Most of it will be priced, and a few rarer items will be sold via silent auction. All the proceeds will be donated to the Free the 350 Bail Fund, which works to bail out people incarcerated in Dane County, especially Black people who are disproportionately targeted by the criminal-justice system. The fund’s work is more crucial than ever: County officials have botched the response to COVID-19 inside the Dane County Jail downtown, and local activists are keeping the pressure on our elected officials to defund and dismantle unjust systems of policing and incarceration.

The sale will offer goodies from a wide variety of local artists, including math-rock trio Transformer Lootbag, roots reggae outfit Natty Nation, grimy hardcore crushers No Question, and prankish pop miscreants Cribshitter. The more unusual items include an ashtray from Smart Studios, a vintage poster for a Pachinko show at O’Cayz Corral, and a Transformer Lootbag… bag with a CD and sticker inside.

See a running list of artists on the Facebook event.

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