by Teyquil Skelton
During a magical night at the Foundry, Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos played to a wall-to-wall crowd that supported the band with loads of cheer to singing along to their songs to buying T-shirts, vinyl, and CDs. Fishtown was the place to be on this night as Stokes & the Pintos slew beautifully. Their fans drank and sang in happiness, and some even stood the whole show when seats became occupied by other audience members.
The Foundry held this concert with Stokes & The Pintos which holds a capacity crowd of 450 people and boy did it look as if it reached the max. Chadwick’s foundation was also of importance that night as one dollar off each ticket sold was donated to Calling All Crows, an organization founded by Stokes and tour manager Sybil Gallagher to raise awareness and create change for women’s rights.
Calling All Crows has invested over 30,000 hours of continuous service to call attention to this issue and by doing it actively and consistently, they have raised around $550,000 to help support many organizations in communities across the lands of North America and Europe. Gallagher and Stokes’ mantra is to work for a brighter future for women where the power of live music is not only measured by a number of ticket sales but by the support of fans and musicians together in a movement to take part in mobilizing social change and improving the lives of women around the globe.
This is something I can truly get behind and love hearing about and hope to hear more great things happening with this organization in regards to this issue in our society. The Calling All Crows name came from a song in 2015 by State Radio, which Stokes also sang the lead part. The power of that song stands on its own two feet and I see why that would be the representation of Stokes and Gallagher’s organization moving forward.
Some of the work that the organization has done has been in support of important issues including refugee support, gun violence, hunger, marriage equality, etc… Stokes & The Pintos strongly believe in the power of live music and their movement to help fight for women’s rights shines through with sold-out shows and wall-to-wall fans eagerly awaiting to share in the positivity that this band displays every time they play.
The new album, The Future is Female, was magically assisted by the audience and just about every song performed was also performed by the crowd singing along. “Joan of Arc” and “Chaska” were songs selected among others off the new record. The vibe was strong and very welcoming as everyone joined together to sing in the bliss of a better tomorrow and a brighter future as stated earlier as the fight for women’s rights continues to grow in the voices of those who share in the message of its importance.
To support women’s rights via the Calling All Crows organization, or donate to them, you can go to www.callingallcrows.org/donate and see what you can do to help create change in this magnificent fight to kill the stigma.