Punk rock was never just about having a mohawk and wearing a Clash button. It was a movement that redefined the design world. At its heart and at its best, it became a model for equality, inclusion, and authenticity in the face of fascism, corporatism, and economic injustice. At the dawn of Reagan’s America and at the vanguard of this fight, DC punk’s fans, followers, and artists created a unique space in DC whose impact ultimately spanned continents and decades.
Join us for a live conversation with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible and Radiotopia) and Bill Barbot (formerly of DC bands Jawbox and Burning Airlines and owner of local creative agency Threespot). They’ll discuss DC punk’s mission and history, and how its voice is relevant more than ever.
Stick around after the talk for a surprise musical guest and listen to one of DC’s coolest bands!
6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Roman Mars and Bill Barbot talk
8:00 pm Surprise musical guest
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With nearly 300 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. His talk is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 5 million views. His crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $4 million and he’s the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts.
Bill Barbot is the co-founder and president of Threespot, a DC based digital agency committed to serving social-good and public-sector clients. His broad knowledge of business, technology, and design is rooted in his almost thirty years in the creative industry, as an agency head, digital communicator, musician, and record label owner. Prior to starting Threespot, Bill released four albums and multiple singles as guitarist, bassist, and vocalist in DC-based independent rock bands Jawbox and Burning Airlines, all while co-owning and releasing over 50 titles on his independent label, DeSoto Records.