Dave Brandwein, founder of nine-piece funk band Turkuaz, and Kunj Shah, founder of Live For Live Music, are joining forces to launch an educational web series, Keep Your Mind in Tune, to help give music fans a better understanding of the issues we face in the U.S. today. The first episode of the series premieres today, Wednesday, September 30th, at 3:00 p.m. ET. Tune in on your preferred platform here or stream it below.
Keep Your Mind In Tune – Episode 1
The series promises to feature interviews with experts—including professors, authors, lawyers, activists, and law enforcement—covering various current event topics, all hosted by a weekly rotating panel of musicians. The show aims to bring a fact-based approach to informing current events and seeks to ensure that viewers receive information directly from people with hands-on experience who work daily in their respective fields, rather than relying on social media platforms as their main source of news.
“What we’re trying to do,” explains Shah, “is get real truth and facts by asking questions that we all have to professors and other people with real experience in the field on the many topics we deal with in the world today.”
Drummer Nikki Glaspie, who serves as one of the featured guest in Wednesday’s pilot episode, echoes the importance of this perspective and having these discussions. “I think a lot of people are confused. We’re not the only ones. I’m very excited for this because we’ll be speaking with experts and people that study… and that’s what we’re after—facts and truth.”
Brandwein adds, “Of course, each guest inevitably has a view that is shaped by their experience, and ultimately, some opinion seeps in one way or another in any natural conversation, but the overarching idea here is that these people have devoted their lives to each given issue and have a deep understanding of them rather than the sensationalized news we so often see in the media or online. We feel lucky and excited to be able to share their perspective with music fans and anyone who will join us on this journey and watch.”
Episode 1 of Keep Your Mind In Tune features Glaspie (Beyoncé, Maceo Parker, Dumpstaphunk, Nth Power) and interviews with guests including Andy Bernstein, the co-founder and executive director of HeadCount, surrounding issues of voting and the importance of political engagement. The episode concludes with a musical collaboration between Glaspie, Brandwein, Nigel Hall (Lettuce) and Steve Watkins (Allen Stone, Swatkins and the Positive Agenda, Juno What?).
Be sure to catch upcoming episodes featuring guests like Karl Denson (Rolling Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Alan Evans (Soulive), and many more great musicians to be announced. Keep up-to-date with future episodes over on the official Keep Your Mind In Tune Facebook page.
Keep Your Mind In Tune – Episode Guide
Episode 1 ft. Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Andy Bernstein (HeadCount), more – Topic: Voting]
Episode 2 ft. Alan Evans (Soulive), Aya Gruber (professor), John Monaghan (former police chief), Faisal Salahuddin (ACLU), more – Topic: Civil Rights & Policing
Episode 3 ft. Maggie Rose, Nikki Glaspie, Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law) – Topic: Supreme Courts
Episode 4 ft. Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Karl Denson (KDTU, Rolling Stones), Nicole Huberfeld (B.U.) – Topic: Healthcare