When Politics and Music Mix

By: Tom Trucksess

It seems wherever we go, politics will put its foot in the door somehow. Music has been no exception to this. Award shows have become politicized. Rap artists such as Childish Gambino, have released politically inspired music. This includes his music video, Feels Like Summer. A less popular music genre blues, has also become affected by politics.

In the state of Oklahoma, every county voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. If you are a progressive living here, finding a safe place to voice your opinion may be difficult. There is a place in Oklahoma City called The Blue Door where you can do just that.

Owner Greg Johnson first got his start working as a music journalist promoting Woody Guthrie concerts. After returning to his hometown of Oklahoma City, he was lost as to where he was going next. Being discouraged from going to Nashville, his sister opened the door to him working at a large music venue in his hometown. Greg was gradually able to pull more musicians in performing at this venue.

Today, The Blue Door is the premier spot for any musician performing in Oklahoma City.

Musicians such as Jack Elliott and Tom Rush, would go on to perform at The Blue Door. On the walls of The Blue Door itself, are posters promoting progressive messages. These messages include March For Our Lives and All You Fascists Bound To Lose. As owner Greg Johnson puts it, “We’re not afraid to let our progressive beliefs be known around here.”

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