We sat with Sybil Gallagher and her husband Chadwick Stokes from the band DISPATCH – aka The Biggest Band No One Has Ever Heard Of. This despite the huge following and many, many loyal fans they continued to have even after a long hiatus that began in 2004. Just before that hiatus - that is now over, Chadwick Stokes started another band out of Boston called State Radio which allowed him to continue his personal musical journey as wel l as satisfy his itch to be more vocal on social issues.To that end in 2008, Chad and Sybil founded Calling All Crows, the social activist organization that brings their commitment to hands-on service and activism on the road. They work with musicians, fans, and nonprofits to better the lives of women locally and globally. Their current focus is preventing sexual violence at shows and festivals through their #HereForTheMusic campaign, which has trained over 1700 musicians, venue/festival staff, industry professionals, and fans to-date.Chad and Sybil are about to celebrate their 12th annual benefit concert in support of Calling All Crows at the House of Blues on Saturday, December 21st, 2019. Performing with his band the Pintos, money raised at the concert will help channel the power of live music toward community change for women and girls. Tickets for the concert are $36 and up and are available at LiveNation.com.We got to sit down with both Sybil and Chadwick along with my guest co-host Kristina Latino at Woods Hill At Pier 4 in Boston where we had another amazing dinner. So we talked about their mission, how live-music venues should be a safe place for women and how we all share a responsibility in making changes to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Oh and we also talked a little music and got a few live songs from Chadwick.
Our good friend Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch, State Radio, solo stuff, etc) joins us for a special SXSW episode of the Full Service Whalepod. This was recorded after our Full Service HQ backyard show with Chad earlier in the afternoon. Topics include: Bonesaw’s solo on Chad’s “All My Possessions”, Chad’s favorite moment in Full Service’s “Evergreen”, Smell’s cosmic culpability in manifesting Chad’s lateness to the backyard show, Hoag’s description of the “Gibberish Blob” approach to writing lyrics, and other cool stuff like why Bonesaw is tormented by soda, Chad’s news about a new Dispatch record, Smell’s story about signing an autograph for a police officer, and in-depth discussions about creativity and the song-writing progress. Plus Colleen reads a dirty limerick. Mostly we’re just BS-ing on the porch though.
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