- Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 8pm
- West End Cultural Centre
- 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
The West End Cultural Centre is pleased to be celebrating International Clash Day with a Tribute to Joe Strummer and The Clash on Friday, February 7th. We’re teaming up with four local bands; The Crackdown, Guns of Wolseley, Death Cassette, and Mosa, to bring a night of seminal British punk music to our stage.
Formed in 1976 in the vanguard of British punk, The Clash became the most iconic rock band of their era, a symbol of intelligent protest and stylish rebellion in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Just as importantly, they were to become unflinching musical pioneers, integrating first militant reggae, then dub, funk, jazz and hip hop into their music.
The band insisted that instead of being referred to as a rock and roll outfit, they would rather be known as a “news-giving group.” “News is news, so it’s not boring […] we’d like to plug into what’s happening now,” Joe Strummer said. Some of the social issues The Clash gave the spotlight to when it was uncommon for musical artists to do so were: support for the African and Jamaican, and west Indian immigrant communities struggling for unity and integration in London during the late seventies, the disappointment that factory workers felt in a Capitalist-based economic system, the legacy of the problematic U.S. involvement during the Vietnam War, the threat of Global Climate Change well before it was in vogue, police brutality and misuse of lethal force, and especially, the political disorganization of youth facing heavy-handed systems of governments all over the world.
February’s show celebrates the life of band leader Joe Strummer who died suddenly in 2002. The show features The Crackdown [A reunion from Winnipeg's street-punk veterans], Guns of Wolseley [An all-Clash set from members of SubCity, Vibrating Beds & Noble Thiefs], Death Cassette [Heavy, kick-out-your-teeth punk-rock with snarling vocals], and Mosa – [Grungy rhythm & crunchy chords lay a bed for some beautiful vocals in this all-female cast].