Not too long ago, we told you about web.illish.us — a series of multi-faceted music and entertainment events that take place at Silk City in Philadelphia on the third Wednesday of the month from November 19, 2008 until February 18, 2009.
The brainchild of Future of Music Coalition and realizePhiladelphia — a group that promotes social causes through musical and educational events — web.illish.us will help raise awareness about the importance of net neutrality.
Each event highlights a different aspect of the open internet. The first installment, “Level up, ppl,” is an introduction to net neutrality and will focus on the level playing field it provides to creators and musicians.
Musical acts at the November 19 show will include Black Landlord, Tuphace and DJ C Sharp. Speakers will include FMC’s Education Director Kristin Thomson, entertainment attorney and Drexel Music Industry Program Director Marcy Rauer Wagman, studio producer/engineer Robert “Taj” Walton (Fugees, Boyz 2 Men, Wyclef Jean), William Lewis of Big Bloc Entertainment and Geoff DiMasi of P'unk Avenue.
Future shows will focus on “Digital Love” (digital inclusion), “Kiss My RSS” (Participatory Democracy) and “Threads and Cred” (Creative Culture).
If you can't make the shows, don't worry — they'll all be webcast live at the web.illish.us site.
FMC recently had the opportunity to speak with realizePhiladelphia's Dejha Mascellino and Drew Kramer about how they came up with the web.illish.us concept, what people can expect from the events, and why the open internet is important to them. You can listen to it here (right click or option click to download; single click to stream).
We also contributed a post to the web.illish.us blog that explains the connection between net neutrality and musicians. For more information on this issue, visit Rock the Net.
So mark your calendars and bookmark web.illish.us, because these events are gonna be awesome!