(If you don't care at all about my TV on the Radio experience, that's okay because this is actually a commentary on race)
Last night Crystal and I ventured out to the Spanish Moon to check out NYC-based rock and roll band TV on the Radio (who are mentioned in my best of 2005 write-up under the should-have-been listed in 2004 section). TV on the Radio is hard to describe. I believe I have previously referred to them as Neo-Crooning Electro-Soul. That was a stupid thing to say.
The show was super good-times, and I don't want to ruin the memory by trying to describe it (if you want to hear what this band sounds like (and I highly recommend that you check them out) click here). I did notice something strange, though--
Before hundreds of thousands of Katrina-displaced persons (the majority African-American) moved into Baton Rouge, the city was already about 60 % African American. Four out of the five members of TV on the Radio are black. The Spanish Moon is in a black neighborhood.
Three out of about two-hundred audience members were black.
What's up with that?
I have been trying to figure it out. If I had to classify TV on the Radio in an extremely general way, I would say they are a Rock band. Do the majority of African-Americans not like rock music (even though they invented it)? Even if the musicians are black? Do the majority of African-Americans in Baton Rouge not have the resources to know about TV on the Radio? Is the Spanish Moon a "white" hang-out, despite its location? I don't know. It just seems like food for thought (Or mind-wasting thought. I can't tell).
I think I will ask someone who can tell me.