Bervard for Bernie held it’s first #BERNAROO free concert Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Dog N Bone British Pub in Cocoa Village, Florida. The event included several area bands in the main bar, plus local vendors on the second floor. Approximately 200 people attended.
#BERNAROO was organized by Shivani Patel and Benjamin Ryan, members of Brevard for Bernie, a group located in Brevard County, Florida, which brings together local residents for purposes of organizing events, communicating with one another, and helping to spread the message of current presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. Proceeds from the event will go towards “canvassing and rallying in Florida, South Carolina, Nevada and other states in the early primaries,” in support of Sanders, according to Patel.
#BERNAROO took up both floors of the Dog N Bone Pub. On the second floor, attendees were encouraged to register to vote, and learn more about Bernie Sanders and his stance on the issues, plus Brevard for Bernie offered T-shirts, buttons, and stickers in exchange for a donation to their organization. Advocacy group NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) was in attendance, offering educational material on marijuana and legalization, in addition to the organization, Represent Us, a “non-partisan movement to end corruption and demand leaders that represent …the people.” Fast Eddies Vape Shop & Lounge was a vendor, as well.
Entertainment for #BERNAROO was located downstairs in the bar, and included local and regional bands that rocked the house all night long. Rock/Alternative/Punk band Best Supporting Actor opened the show, followed by Gary LazerEyes, a reggae rock group out of Orlando that had the attendees grooving to the music. Hot Pink, specializing in music ranging from the 60s to the 80s, closed out the show.
Organizers and members of Brevard for Bernie have already attended the Iowa caucuses, canvassing and working to turn out the vote for Bernie, as well as having organized debate parties and phone banking to educate and inform the voters of Brevard County, Florida. They have plans in the works to put together more of these types of events, plus to travel to other important primary states, to continue their mission to educate and inform potential voters of the message Bernie is trying to convey, “Not Me, Us.” The desire to get Bernie to the White House is so strong in this group, that supporters like Wendy O’Hart provide goods for sale, in this case homemade spicy pepper jelly, then donate all proceeds to the cause. Brevard for Bernie is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.