Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan has never shied away from tackling heavy, political, or otherwise complicated subject matter in her songs, so it makes sense that she would extend her activism onstage. On July 8, Quinlan will take a quick break from Hop Along’s busy touring schedule to play solo at Boot & Saddle for a show benefiting the Campaign to Shut Down Berks.
Wait, shut down what? Well, it turns out that the stories on the news about immigrants being detained reach a little closer to home than we may realize. The Berks County Detention Center in Leesport, PA, is one of those places, and many grassroots organizers are demanding that the facility be closed and advocating for the families housed within. Long story short, the federally-funded detention center has been the subject of various grievances and reported human rights violations, and its license is currently under “legal review.” Read more about the Campaign to Shut Down Berks at paimmigrant.org.
The afternoon show will be open to all ages, and one more performer is yet to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15; find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar and on the event’s Facebook page.
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