Web.illish.us

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In 2008 and 2009, FMC teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a non-profit group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. Proceeds from the web.illish.us events support FMC’s Rock the Net campaign.

Over the course of four months, FMC and realizePhiladelphia organized four events at Philadelphia’s Silk City, with each event focusing on a different aspect of net neutrality. Hosted by web TV personality Charles Gregory of 3 Guys Don’t Lie, the shows included live music performances, DJ sets, special guests (bloggers, artists, politicians), and music- and technology-related giveaways. Each show was webcast live at http://web.illish.us/.

 

Episode 1: Level up, ppl

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA

FMC teamed up with realizePhiladelphia, a non-profit group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events, to create web.illish.us: a multi-faceted web and live show effort to raise awareness about net neutrality and democratic access to the media. Proceeds from the web.illish.us events support FMC’s Rock the Net campaign.

The first event focused on how the level playing field that net neutrality provides is positively impacting creators and musicians.

//Performers
Black Landlord • Tuphace The New Age

//DJs
DJ C SharpDJ Phsh

//Panelists/speakers:
Kristin Thomson Future of Music Coalition • William Lewis Big Bloc Entertainment • Taj Walton studio engineer/producer •  Marcy Rauer Wagman, Entertainment Attorney; Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO, MAD Dragon •  Geoff DiMasi P’unk Avenue

Event details | Webcast archives of show

Episode 2: Digital Love

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA



“Digital Love” focused on the importance of Digital Inclusion, a belief that communities of various incomes should have equal access to broadband and the internet.

//Performers
DephonicDialectsLo-Life (Clay Parnell of Brothers Past, Biodiesel and Ian McGuire of MJ Project)

//DJs
DJ Law OneRas Heights

//Speakers
Todd Wolfson Media Mobilizing Project • Beth McConnell Media Democracy Coalition • Reverend Jesse Brown • Phuong Ninh Philadelphia Student Union

Event details | Webcast archive of show

Episode 3: Kiss My RSS

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Kiss My RSS” highlighted the importance of Participatory Democracy, and how blog culture shapes views on social issues, political issues, and available entertainment. RSS, the shorthand for online syndication, has been monumental in how individuals access information as a supplement to mass media.

//Performers. A night of high-level improv with:

Jef Lee Johnson a guitarist who has performed with the likes of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Duke Ellington and has done sessions with Justin Timberlake, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Rachelle Ferrell, Mariah Carey, Jill Scott and Common.

Uber Group Experiment with international jazz musicians Tim Motzer, Ari Hoenig, Anthony Tidd, John Swana.

Doomstone, brainchild of Grimace Federation

//Speakers

Cee Knowledge from the Grammy-winning Digable Planets
Anthony Tidd bass player, composer and arranger. Part of NoizeTrip
Montez Roberts studio engineer, The Studio (Larry Gold’s studio)

Event details | Webcast archive of show

Episode 4: Threads and Cred

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Threads & Cred” focused on how net neutrality strengthens Creative Culture by facilitating innovation, rapid prototyping and collaboration. “Threads & Cred” refers to dialogue threads (as well as, a pun on clothing) and the credibility that is necessary to survive in a Creative Culture community.

The event was hosted by Philly native Charles Gregory and included performances from hip hop Grammy winner and Roots collaborator Dice Raw, experimental jazz group Drake and the progressive instrumental band MJ Project.

You can watch the video archive from the live webcast at http://web.illish.us/.

Event details | Webcast archive of show