There are only two more opportunities to see All Together Now with your own eyes. Curator Anna Rae has assembled another lively squad of talented musicians, performers, and poets for the seventh installment of All Together Now. Last month, it took over the Burren Backroom, and now it’s popping up at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain this Saturday, September 30. The series helps creates space for people of color, minorities, and LGBT, resulting in a community-driven show that has traveled the boroughs of Boston. I met with Joan Anderman and Dan Zedek of Field Day on a sunny Sunday to chat about their excitement for the show, their new music video, and the social media rabbit hole.
Millennial Noise: How did you hear about All Together Now?
Joan Anderman: [Curator Anna Rae] is a super fan. We were mystified, like, why do you like us so much? [Anna] is a careful listener, she appreciated our words. I think she cared a lot about lyrics and so do we. I relate to Anna as a singer.
Dan Zedek: I love her idea of community.
MN: What are you looking forward to at the show?
DZ: I’m just kind of excited to have my head turned around by Wo Chan’s drag performance. I love that feeling of cross-pollination.
JA: And it feels so timely, we live in such a fractured moment. [I love that Anna] is very intentionally creating a place where like-minded people can meet in human form and talk with their human voices. I too am excited about seeing these other acts and kind of turned on by the prospect of aligning myself with those other artists. I’m really looking forward to connecting on the most basic level.
MN: How would you describe your music?
JA: I feel old and young in this band. I’m new to playing music, this is my first band. I feel I bring a certain perspective of my wisdom and my years, and at the same time I feel 16 years old. It’s very special to me.
MN: Your music video for “Go No Go” was a very interesting visual concept. What inspired you?
DZ: The song is sort of about accepting opposite sides of your personality. The truest expression of yourself is to say, I can be both of these things at once. All the videos are shot on an iPhone. It’s all very, very, very DIY.
[I love that Anna] is very intentionally creating a place where like-minded people can meet in human form and talk with their human voices.
MN: Your EP Go No Go, just dropped. Do you have any exciting plans for the future?
JA: We are planning a tour. We’ve done a little bit of touring in the Northeast.
DZ: We want to do more videos.
MN: What do you want the audience to walk away with from your performance?
JA: I would like them to become Field Day fans (laughs) and want to come see us again. I’m really into this ‘creativity in aging’ thing. I really want people to walk away from one of our shows thinking, you’re never too old to be in a rock band. We live in an incredibly agist culture.
DZ: We really like what we do. There’s a sort of feeling that making art or making music is separate from what you do. I’ve always been a fan, first and foremost.
JA: You’re such a punk at heart, Dan.
Don’t miss out on Field Day, The Grownup Noise with dancer Amy Cook, drag performer and poet Wo Chan, and artist Tom Bianchi this weekend at the Midway Cafe. Tickets are still available here (or at the door if you’re really willing to risk it).
In the meantime, catch up on Field Day’s new music video below!