Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go will present “Metal Has No Color,” a night of strength among rock musicians to demonstrate how our nation can unify.
The show will feature the reunion of seminal African-American metal band Sound Barrier and the debut of its new release produced by Tom Morello. Additional artists include Corey Glover of Living Colour, dUg Pinnick of Kings X, and Doc Coyle of God Fordbid. They will be joined by more than 40 top musicians of various ethnicities.
Sound Barrier formed in 1980 and faced racism for their choice in music among both the black and white communities, the band persevered through extreme hatred to create music that influenced generations of metal and rock artists including Tom Morello.
Led by vocalist Bernie Kimbell, guitarist Tracy “Spacey T” Singleton, bassist Stanley E., and drummer Dave Brown, the band appeared on MTV and radio, opening the door for other black musicians to enter the genre. For their April 18th performance, the band will perform its first new music in over 30 years, produced by Tom Morello, with Eric Valentine (Randy Jackson, Erykah Badu, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather) on drums in place of Dave Brown, who passed away in 2013.
Corey Glover is the lead singer for Living Colour, and a noted actor with performances in the acclaimed Oliver Stone film “Platoon,” as well as a headlining role in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In 1989 Living Colour received the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for their iconic hit “Cult of Personality.”
“These days our nation is more divided than ever,” said Ultimate Jam Night founder Chuck Wright. “States are separated into ‘red’ or ‘blue,’ and people are increasingly combative. The idea of being ‘re-accomodated’ shouldn’t exist because individual civility should be cherished. We believe its high time for people to come together, and music has always held great healing power. We’re proud that Ultimate Jam Night can continue to demonstrate how race and separation can be set aside for common understanding and joy.”
Admission for Ultimate Jam Night is always free. Doors open at 8 pm. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV. For more information, visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight or ultimatejamnight.com.