Fort Worth's Katsuk will Perform Texas' First (Symbolic) Same-Sex Marriages at a Show

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Ft. Worth post-rock indie folk band Katsuk is playing the Grotto on April 12th with Michael Garfield and Psychedelephant. But this won't be your normal show, as if that's really possible for a band like Katsuk. The stand out DFW group plans on marrying at least two same sex couples, one from each gender, halfway through their set next Friday night.
"This show is based on the ideals of what Katsuk is all about, being very socially and politically aware," said bassist Ruben Salazar. "This is our own way of showing support for civil rights. And we know that this little stunt won't really change things, but we hope that it at least keeps the discussion going. And for those of us that already have those rights, this is our way of showing support to those who don't."

The group plans on playing their set as they usually do, but halfway through will announce that any couples wanting to get symbolically married should come up to the stage for a quick five to seven minute ceremony, and then Katsuk will dedicate their next song to the newly "married" couples.

As of January of this year, only nine states in the U.S. legally allow same-sex couples to marry, as well as the District of Columbia. Texas, one of the fiercest shades of red on any election map, is not one of them. The members of Katsuk, all of whom got ordained as ministers online for this show, think that's a shame.

"We've just been seeing so much in the news lately about equality," said frontman Daniel Katsuk. "And we're four straight guys standing on the fringes of this issue, but we feel for them. It's like someone saying that 'there's air all around but only I can breathe this air, and you can't.' When you break it down, it's really just two people with two hearts saying 'I love you and I want to share my life with you.'"

Katsuk said that this is not strictly a gay event, and that all who want to attend should. "This is kind of what our newest album, Zero Point, is all about. It's a very politically and socially conscious record, and this show definitely reflects our overall viewpoints," Katsuk said.

"It's like, what does it really do to like a sentiment on Facebook? It's when we bounce ideas off of each other in person that things really start to change instead of just posting a rant online," he added.

Some might remember Katsuk for his now defunct band, The Spoonfed Tribe, or from his other current group, The Skin and Bones Drum Cult, an improvisational ensemble which plays tomorrow night at Lola's in Fort Worth. On top of that, Katsuk also does voice work for shows on Cartoon Network, including bit parts on Dragonball Z, through the Flower Mound company Funimation.

For Katsuk's show on the 12th, doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5. The show is also 21 and up.
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chaplaindaniel
chaplaindaniel

Divisive words from a divisive person. I know many people on assistance and some at Liberty House of all colors. Yes even white people and they don't share the same sentiments. But boy Howdy look at all the ignorant come out of the closet.

katsuk1
katsuk1

@chaplaindaniel was there a divisive person divising somewhere in that article?... don't worry, chap, we'll tackle the issue of homelessness soon.  this is just one of the many things we believe in.  perhaps you would like to support that night we do on homelessness and bring some material on what you do for our community.  Thank you btw

Layne9
Layne9 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Defunct?! Oh, nevermind. That's just the Observer's FACT CHECKERS. Mmm hmm. 

katsuk1
katsuk1

Please know that in no way the Spoonfed Tribe is "defunct"!!! They are kicking out some amazing material, touring the country and have created a wondrous scene. I am truly thankful for my time with them!!! And to have them as friends now.  www.spoonfedtribe.com


Taryn Grisz
Taryn Grisz

I loooooved this guy (and the Spoonfed Tribe) in high school, glad to see he's still around and awesome.

elkabooom
elkabooom

Defunct Spoonfed?

April 12 th -Austin tx

April 18 th Stllwater ok

April 19 th Lawrence ks

April 20 th Springfield mo

April 21 st Ecofest Eldridge mo

May 3-4New Orleans (JazzFest)

May 5 Lake Charles La

June 1-3 WAKARUSA Music Experience

June 8 Trees Dallas (cd release)

June 14 Levitt Pavillion (cd release)

Summer tour announced soon...

Maybe you do a lil more homework -or-

Simply get out more

brnrash
brnrash

@elkabooom Yup. My bad. 

AdrenalinTim
AdrenalinTim

@brnrash You know, these days it's possible to do something to rectify mistakes in articles on those Weird n' Wild Inter-Webs.

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