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Labor Day Benefit Punk Show and BBQ for DC Jobs With Justice

DC punk bands Puff Pieces, Mock Identity and Psychic Subcreatures shred alongside The Miami Dolphins from Minneapolis and Cut Shutters from Dallas at Rhizome DC for an afternoon of grillables and chillables on Labor Day, all to benefit the amazing DC Jobs With Justice and the work they do to fight for working people in the nation's capital.

At Rhizome DC
6950 Maple St NW, Washington, DC

3:30 PM BBQ (BYO grillables!)
5:00 PM show
$10-$20 sliding scale donation for DC Jobs With Justice


'The Miami Dolphins are based in Minneapolis, MN. They have been playing together for half a decade, despite great confusion. In 2012, they were runner-up for the Waterloo, IA Battle of the Bands, losing to a Korn cover band.
Band members find inspiration in: hummingbirds, lakes, intelligent underwater mammals, cotton candy, sour brite crawlers, grapefruit, urban infrastructure, mimosas, broken pieces of cars, cuttlefish, waterskiing, robotics, dandelions, puke, ice cream, and squirrels.
This much is known: this particular Miami Dolphins has no affiliation, sponsorship, or connection whatsoever with any football teams, professional or otherwise.
While ascending to the upper echelons, the Miami Dolphins hope to dazzle, surprise, and confound.'

'In 2012, at the behest of Mike Andre, a reluctant Justin Moyer (E.D. Sedgwick/Supersystem) and Amanda Huron (Weed Tree/Caution Curves) were conscripted into helping Mike play and record some unrealized songs he had floating around. After a series of precarious fits and starts, the band coalesced into a semi-stable entity known as “Puff Pieces” in 2013, and began playing shows.
Based on their experiences in various now-defunct bands (Amanda and Mike in Vertebrates, and Mike and Justin in Antelope), and long-term involvement in D.C.’s punk and noise scenes, Puff Pieces strives to destroy the bland hegemony of their city’s condo-crazed culture with a catchy mix of melody and nervous dissonance.'

Mock Identity are a dynamic, independent Washington DC band that formed in 2016 and began playing shows in 2017. Their bold music is informed by the members’ various backgrounds performing and interacting with the local DIY/punk and avant-garde communities. They are committed to evolving as artists through their passion, social awareness, and desire to constantly challenge and inspire themselves to explore new ideas.

'There’s a scene in John Carpenter’s outrageous post-apocalyptic action flick Escape From L.A. in which Kurt Russell’s one-eyed protagonist Snake Plissken surfs a tsunami in the Los Angeles River before jumping off his board onto a car speeding alongside on a freeway. It’s perhaps one of the most ridiculous movie scenes from the ’90s and one I like to imagine inspired the local surf-punk quartet Psychic Subcreatures to start a band.'

Cut Shutters is a duo between artists Adriana Valls and Chase Gardner. Both aim to challenge themselves and their listeners through their exploration of ideas in composition and performance within their own personal experiences together and the urge to dabble in the unusual and absurd. Recently, they have performed many events throughout Denton and Dallas as well as released their debut album, "It Will Make Sense for Now" on local Dallas label Art for Motels. Today, Chase and Adriana are looking towards what is in front of them in order to project themselves upon the world. Cut Shutters like to tell you what they're thinking about and share what moments they capture together.


DC JOBS WITH JUSTICE is a dynamic coalition of labor organizations, community groups, faith-based organizations, and student groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society.
We are committed to the creation of living wage jobs, support of economic and social justice here and abroad, and maintaining pressure to demand corporate accountability in our communities.
In its work, DC JwJ gives priority to the struggles impacting the most vulnerable workers in our community: low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, women, youth and seniors. We are committed to creating an organization that is fully inclusive and welcoming to everyone.