North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) Benefit Concert

Recent benefit shows in Dallas have managed to draw larger crowds and better lineups than for-profit indie-rock showcases and festivals, which bodes well for Sunday's NAMBLA fund-raiser.

Skeezy Productions promoter Pete O. File, who is spearheading the benefit, knew almost nothing about the bands playing. But he had plenty of enthusiasm for the cause and the event's childcare. He encourages parents attending the concert to bring their children, particularly boys ages 6-14. A fleet of windowless white vans will whisk boys to an off-site facility, which File refused to identify for security concerns.

"Just drop them off," he says. "We'll have a big surprise for them. Oh yeah, a REAL big surprise. Heh, heh, heh."

According to File, NAMBLA seeks to give children and adults more legal freedom and greatly reduce the number of statutory sexual assault criminal cases.

Though the bands playing Sunday are relative newcomers, File had one big name in mind.

"We were trying to get Michael Jackson," he says. "I think ours is an organization he could really get behind, in light of his recent legal troubles. But he had some concerns about safety in Deep Ellum, what with all the clubs that draw more of a—how can I say this without sounding racist?—'urban' or 'thuggish' crowd. Man, talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face."

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Jesse Hughey
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