Choice of band prompts questions

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM.

Now with my 47th birthday looming on the horizon, I am in the same position as my parents were during the 1980s when it comes to today’s modern hip-hop and rap songs. That music is simply not the voice of my generation, though it may very well be the voice of my 16-year-old daughter’s generation.

Bands that offer an opposing view are few and far between, but it appears the Havelock Board of Commissioners and Havelock Police Department found one.

During last month’s board meeting — based on the recommendation of the police department — commissioners voted to spend $7,500 to hire the rock band Madison Rising to play at next year’s National Night Out.

Based on what Police Lt. Brian Woods told the board, organizers hope the band appeals to younger residents, who will come out to National Night Out not only to listen to the band, but also to get information and learn about community safety.

That makes sense. After all, National Night Out is supposed to be a community-wide, anti-crime rally, and it seems most break-ins, thefts and drug crimes are generally committed by younger people.

But, the issue may be in the message that the band Madison Rising brings to the event, a message that some taxpayers who are footing the $7,500 bill to bring the group here don’t appreciate.

According to the band’s website, Madison Rising promises music with meaning. But if you’re a Democrat, you may not like that meaning.

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