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Liquid Blue is an activist musical group based in San Diego CA. We believe that the power of an individual voter has greatly diminished and the wealthy (1%) now control the majority of influence and power in the United States. We advocate a non-violent people's revolution which aims to bring power back to the people. Music has always played a significant role in movements of social change and it's our desire to help uplift and unify citizens willing to stand up for their rights and the rights of others. Along with our own songs of peace and justice, we perform many of the great protest songs of the past century including the likes of Dylan, Seeger, Lennon, Green Day and others. This is done in the spirit of the folk music tradition of passing along protest songs from one generation to the next but with rock & roll.
The band's headquarters at the Hippie House is a designted International Peace Site. We've also hosted a documentary movie night in San Diego every month since 2004. Liquid Blue is a certified green business (by San Diego County). More details on our beliefs, philosophy and activism is below. If you're a fellow activist and want to know more about Liquid Blue, most of what you'll want to know is right on this page.
Quote from IconMusic:
"San Diego activist recording artist Liquid Blue stands out as an original and intelligent voice for positive change. The band turns social commentary into art. Their debut album, Supernova, combines western pop melodies with exotic East Indian instrumentation to delivery a hard dose of progressive political commentary. The band aims to raise public awareness with a mission to promote positive social change and shed some light on the dark corners of reality. It's music with a message".
The Liquid Blue center of operations at the Hippie House is a designated International Peace Site.
Carrying the banner of tolerance and understanding, the band revisits classic peace songs and includes a few surprises! 25% of proceeds to PeaceAction.org.
Occupy your eardrums with twenty classic protest songs remade by Liquid Blue. Thought provoking tracks that scream, "war is not the answer." 25% of proceeds to PeaceAction.org.
Below is the video from our song "Earth Passport" which features vocals in nine languages including singers we met in our travels all over the globe. Liquid Blue has performed in over 100 countries (an official world record) and the Earth Passport video features photos from our travels on every continent. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Dance Charts in Oct of 2010. A very simple song with a message of peace, hope and human rights.
Not since the 1960's has there been a coming together of the people like the Occupy movement. We support our local San Diego County Occupy groups by hosting concerts to raise money and awareness of this peaceful revolution. In 2012 Liquid Blue presented four benefit concerts for the San Diego Occupy movement at venues in the San Diego area. Flyers for past events below.
While we've been unwilling and unable to fund higher education for our youth, the United States maintains more than 500 military bases overseas. Liquid Blue has performed on bases in more than 22 countries. It is an eye-opening experience to see these massive bases first hand. Our song "Dominate" was inspired by witnessing just how giant our war machine has become.
Although we can't disarm the world, halt deforestation and ban torture in one evening- we can certainly "imagine" and celebrate these ideals. We choose and perform material which celebrates PEACE, UNITY, DIVERSITY, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION and more. Here's an example of just a few of the protest "anthems" Liquid Blue performs at a "peace party":
Aretha Franklin: Respect
Beatles: Across the Universe
Beatles: All You Need Is Love
Black Sabbath: War Pigs
Bob Dylan: Masters of War
Boy Dylan: With God On Our Side
Bob Marley: One Love
Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA
Cat Stevens: Peace Train
CCR: Fortunate Son
Cher: Half Breed
Christina Aguilara: Beautiful
Edwin Starr: War
Four Non-Blondes: What's Up
Fun: We Are Young
George Harrison: My Sweet Lord
Green Day: American Idiot
Guess Who: American Woman
Harry Chapin: Taxi
Hollies: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Hootie & the Blowfish: Hold My Hand
The Jacksons: Can You Feel It
Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation
Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit
John Lennon: Imagine
Lady Gaga: Born This Way
Liquid Blue: Earth Passport (and more; all our songs are socially conscious)
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
Marvin Gaye: Mercy Mercy Me
Michael Jackson: Black or White
Michael Jackson: Earth Song
Moody Blues: Question
Neil Young: Rockin' in the Free World
O'Jays: Love Train
Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train
Pink Floyd: Us and Them
REM: Everybody Hurts
Rihanna: We Found Love
Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
Scott McKenzie: San Francisco
Sly and the Family Stone: Everyday People
Stevie Wonder: Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder: Living for the City
Supremes: Love Child
The Who: Baba O'Riley
The Who: My Generation
The Who: Won't Get Fooled Again
Youngbloods: Get Together
and more than 90 additional protest songs!
The song is about a soldier who goes into battle gung-ho but returns from the experience shattered and disillusioned after experiencing the reality and horror of war.
In his 2002 State of the Union speech, George Bush first used the phrase "Axis of Evil". It's obviously absurd to dub any nation as "evil". While its leaders may be oppressive and sometimes worse, the people of these nations are the same of people anywhere in the world. Through our travels, we've found the best way to improve relations is offering friendship and forgiveness. Playing some music doesn't hurt either. Of the 15 countries mentioned below, Liquid Blue has performed in four. It is our goal to bring "peace-friendship" concerts to as many of these nations as possible.
Iraq, Iran, North Korea
Cuba, Libya, Syria
Belarus, Zimbabwe, Myanmar
Lebanon, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, PalestineLiquid Blue marched and performed peace concerts in Palestine in 2007 The band played acoustic shows in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah We lived in the home of a Palestinian family We did peace shows in both Israel and Palestine on this 2007 trip. Our Guitarist "Grovler" is Jewish. In the communist country of Belarus we met some of the nicest people ever!
Liquid Blue is proud to be a long-time member of PMA (Positive Music Association). PMA, founded and headed by Scott Johnson works tirelessly supporting Positive Music and the artists who create this music for social change. Liquid Blue singer Scott Stephens is featured in a recent PMA poster (above). Scott Johnson recently wrote to us: "Scott; You and Liquid Blue are on the top of my list of people who are really living and performing the message of what the PMA is about."
This one-minute video is used as an introduction to the band at some of our live shows.
The fight to gain political equality for all citizens is an uphill battle but can be won. Our biggest challenges are apathy and the right-wing propaganda machine. We must be extremely focused with our message and well organized in the implementation of our plans. We should also uphold our principles at all costs. Otherwise we become just like those who we oppose.
Peaceful protest and negotiation is much more difficult and a slower process as compared to violence. But in the end the results will be more meaningful and longer lasting. Organizers of any legitimate protest movement must carefully guard against violent actions from within the group as well as be aware and ready to deal with those who infiltrate the movement to make it appear violent.
The greatest generation was not that of World War II but of the 1960's. Never before has any nation seen such radical, positive change in such a short period. Lest we forget, all of these and more were advanced by the hippie generation: Civil Rights, Women's Rights, End to the Vietnam War and the start of the environmental movement. After all of the progress, the decade ended in turmoil with the election of Richard Nixon, the breakup of the Beatles and the darkness of the Stones at Altamont. People were disillusioned and the mass movement disintegrated. From that point most people went one of two directions: Many lost all hope and reentered conventional society. Some of these folks are now CEO's of large corporations. Others took what was learned during the decade and applied these principles to their personal and business lives. These folks continued the work of their generation but did so more individually than in large groups. They helped establish the EPA and the first "Earth Day". They worked towards ending the war and succeeded. Today they are at the forefront of so much positive change it's impossible to list all of the accomplishments.
So where is the lesson here? Idealism is wonderful and necessary but it must be balanced with realism. When the youth of the 60's did not quickly get everything they demanded, some lost interest. Activism is a life-long pursuit. Intense discipline and organizational skills are necessary for success. The right-wing has studied the results and activities of the 1960's and have now virtually taken over the media. Sadly, much of what was accomplished in this amazing decade is now at risk. All it would take to roll back years of progress would be a Republican President presiding over a Republican majority in the Senate and House. Any current movement (such as Occupy) should plan for the long run and be prepared for well funded efforts to derail its efforts.
Our name is taken from a form of LSD that was used in the 1960's. We believe everyone should "turn-on" at least once or twice. We've been called "the musical Robin Hood" as we often perform at prestigious corporate events and fundraisers for large fees but then we invest a portion of our profits fighting against corporate abuses, white collar crime and other related causes. Our band logo is a mandala representing world unity and world peace.
Liquid Blue implements a variety of "green practices" and is one of the first and only certified GREEN bands. We always strive to buy local and organic. We use solar power for our recording studio and offices. For detailed information on our green lifestyle as well as examples on how to "go green" visit our Green Page.
Liquid Blue members are patriotic citizens of the United States of America but we also consider ourselves citizens of planet Earth. In 2010 band leader Scott Stephens declared himself a world citizen and applied for a World Passport. The World Passport is a document issued by the World Service Authority, a non-profit organization founded by Garry Davis in 1948, citing Article 13, Section 2, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Liquid Blue's song Earth Passport carries the sentiment of Garry Davis, encouraging world peace through a world governing body. Ironically, when Stephens penned the lyrics to Earth Passport he had little knowledge of Garry Davis.
At the time of this writing there is a full length documentary being completed about the life of Garry Davis. Earth Passport (the song) will be part of the soundtrack.
All members of the world's most traveled band now carry a World Passport.
Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Ralph Nader, Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, John F Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Kofi Annan, Shirin Ebadi, The Peace Pilgrim, Paramahansa Yogananda, Leo Tolstoy, Alan Cranston, Howard Zahniser, Albert Einstein, Ansel Adams, John Muir, Dennis Kucinich, Helen Thomas, Aung San Suu Kyi, Patch Adams, Daniel Ellsberg, Garry Davis and more.
Rage Against The Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Ani Difranco, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, Suzanne Vega, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, NAS, Black Eyed Peas, Genesis, Yes, Jon Anderson, Joan Baez, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Moby, Madonna, Live, Sex Pistols, Sparks, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Cheap Trick, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Dave Matthews, Paris, MC5, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, REM, CCR, Billy Bragg, Willie Nelson, Green Day, Midnight Oil, Randy Newman, The Cranberries, Jackson Browne, Public Enemy, Bad Religion, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Patti Smith, The Clash, Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and other artists who are unafraid to speak the truth.
Although Liquid Blue has released only two CD's, the bands songs have made an impact and have appeared on over 20 compilations CD's for good causes, including: