first_imgExperimental afrobeat/funk act Big Mean Sound Machine is heading out on tour next week, and for a major purpose at that. The Ithaca, New York-based group has announced they will be partnering up with the Campaign for NY Health with a goal of building support to finally pass the NY Health Act—a bill that is currently one co-sponsor shy of passing a law that would guarantee Medicare to all New York State residents.Big Mean Sound Machine made the announcement via their Facebook page. Check out the full statement below:Very excited to announce that we are teaming up with Bella’s Bartok and the Campaign for New York Health to help build support for the New York Health Act, a bill in the state legislature which would guarantee health care to all New York state residents regardless of age, wealth, place of employment, or immigration status for our Fall Tour!Since its inception, one of the core values of Big Mean Sound Machine has been to bring people and communities together in celebration and healing through music and dance. In these wild times, we feel it is important for musicians and artists to stand up for our creative communities. After reading this bill and reflecting on the state of healthcare in this country, especially compared to that of other first world nations, we feel it imperative that people be made aware of how healthcare reform could truly benefit everybody; and what better place to start than in the beautiful state of New York which we proudly call home. The New York Health Act has passed the state assembly the past three years in a row and is one state senate co-sponsor short of majority support. We are actually very close to making universal health care a reality in New York and we hope that the feelings of community, compassion, solidarity and freedom generated at our live shows can spill over to help raise awareness of what a equitable and more affordable health care system that benefits all of us could look like.NY HEALTH ACT INFO >>> nyhcampaign.orgFor tickets and more information one BMSM’s Fall tour, check out the band’s website.Big Mean Sound Machine Fall Tour Dates9.15 | Oneonta, NY | B Side Ballroom & Supper Club9.16 | Rochester, NY | Rochester Fringe Festival10.6 | Northampton, MA | Pearl Street Nightclub Ballroom*10.7 | Fairfield, CT | StageOne10.20 | Ithaca, NY | The Haunt10.21 | Pittsburgh, PA | The Rex Theater10.27 | Saranac Lake, NY | Waterhole10.28 | Rochester, NY | Funk ‘n Waffles Music Hall11.3 | Apalachin, NY | Ransom Steele Tavern*11.4 | Kingston, NY | BSP Kingston11.17 | Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Iron Works*11.18 | Syracuse, NY | Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown*12.1 | Raleigh, NC | The Pour House Music Hall12.2 | Asheville, NC | Asheville Music Hall12.9 | Albany, NY | The Hollow Bar + Kitchen12.15 | Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Bazaar12.16 | Boston, MA | Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub**with Bella’s Bartoklast_img