Ponysaurus Brewing Co. recently hosted “Don’t Be Mean To People: A Concert For The ACLU Of NC” at their brewery in Durham NC. The event’s less than compact title comes from “Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison,” a collaborative beer brewed By Ponysaurus, Mystery Brewing Company, and several other participants in 2016, to raise money and awareness around HB2, the controversial North Carolina law that barred local anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Ponysaurus Brewing Co. has remained committed to the philosophy of “Don’t be mean to people,” through community engagement to protect the voices and rights of everyone. “Don’t Be Mean to People: A Concert for the ACLU of NC” is a continuation of that commitment. Ponysaurus, as well as the participating artists, donated 100% of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, an organization with the mission of preserving and defending the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution.
The event kicked off with DJ Bug Spray (Mac McCaughan, the frontman of Superchunk and co-founder of Merge Records) spinning some tunes just outside the brewery’s taproom. The outdoor main stage played host to an array of local talent and some special guests. The performances started strong with Loamlands up first. They were followed by Shirlette Ammons, who performed with a live band that propelled her set into one of the many highlights of the event. Shirlette was followed by Mount Moriah. Heather McEntire, the Mount Moriah frontwoman delivered a solid folk & rock music without the usual guitar lines of Jenks Miller, a founding member of the band, who was a notable absence. Heading into the homestretch was what can only be dubbed an “all star” performance from Megafaun who welcomed an array of musical guests to the stage. Their set included collaborations with: Gary Louris of the Jayhawks; Sam Beam of Iron & wine; Tift Merritt; Kym Register of Loamlands; Al Riggs; and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats who performed a loose and incredibly fun cover of “Only the Young,” a Journey song that appeared on the soundtrack for the 80’s movie Vision Quest. Closing out the evening fell to Hiss Golden Messenger, who sent the crowd home in style with a solid set that even included some new tunes from their forthcoming album.
Check out some photos below to see what you missed, or to relive the fun if you were there…
Don’t Be Mean To People: A Concert For The ACLU Of NC