Too Hot for Tower City

Tossed off the stage for anti-Bush shirts, the band plays on.

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Mifuné is still getting phone calls and e-mails applauding its fashion statement. If you haven't heard, the nine-piece ensemble was kicked off the stage at Tower City during a Tri-C JazzFest performance last month because mall management didn't like their "distracting and inappropriate" shirts, which mocked the Bush administration. "It's not the first time we wore them," says Jacob Fader, who founded the band last year with his wife, Christine. "Seventy percent of the country agrees with us. But our music isn't a mirror for the evils of the world. It's about getting people to look inwardly and think about themselves. Our political views are a by-product of the music. It's part of our artistic statement."

And it's accompanied by a self-described "Afro-electronique" beat with politically charged rants and chants, like "Supercrush," about the disappearing middle class. "Our songs have socially conscious messages — be it related to the government or human interaction as we see it," says Fader. "Our human rights are being systematically taken away by the government."
Sat., May 20, 2 p.m.

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