Baba Brinkman slayed the crowd with his extensive lexicon and concise delivery at Fort Bragg last weekend. Then he wrote to all of his fans about it:
Last weekend Mr. Simmonds and I traveled to Fort Bragg, NC for Rock Beyond Belief, the historical first on-base rock concert for military non-believers. The day got off to a late start due to a morning downpour, which was gloated over by the spiteful devout but only until about 1pm, and after that the clouds blew over and we had beautiful sunshine all day, although we had the good sense not to take it personally. The turn-out was estimated at around 1500 by one of the organizers I spoke to, and the day was one of highly-rational family fun. Here’s a news report on the local TV Channel 14 that makes ample use of our performance.
Once the rain stopped and after a brief soundcheck Jamie and I rocked a set of Darwinian rap songs, followed by a speech from headliner Richard Dawkins. I had met Dawkins a few times before but until Rock Beyond Belief he had never been exposed to the Rap Guide to Evolution experience. He told me with typical exuberance that he “enjoyed the performance.” The Associated Press reported positively on the concert, and their article – which quotes me as eloquently shouting: “We got any Darwin fans in the house?!?” – was syndicated far and wide. Here it is at military.com, complete with endless comments expressing outrage that atheists would dare to unapologetically make our existence known and even seem to enjoy the experience.
Baba also premiered a song dedicated to our struggles in the military atheist community. Video will be forthcoming!