John Sinclair to visit OpenAir before Neal Cassady event

photo: John Sinclair

Sinclair has a long and storied history in rock music. He served as the manager of proto-punk band The MC5 in the 1960s, and his arrest for possession of marijuana in 1969 inspired the "John Sinclair Freedom Rally." That 1971 event featured John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, and Phil Ochs among others. Lennon wrote the song "John Sinclair" in his honor.

Sinclair joins us all the way from Amsterdam to play with his Blues Scholars band. He will also perform at the Fifth Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash, which takes place on Friday, February 7 at 8:00pm at Denver's Mercury Café. The event features music, poetry and stories celebrating the 88th birthday and life of the late Neal Cassady. Cassady, a Denver native, was the archetype Beat writer as well as the protagonist of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

Be sure to tune in on February 6 at 5 p.m. for our studio session with Sinclair, a true political and musical maverick.