Unity Concert offers alternative to KKK rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A couple of blocks south of the KKK rally at Justice Park, the Sprint Pavilion hosted a Unity Concert. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd TInsley' new side group Crystal Garden.

Albemarle County resident Tyler Sewell brought his two teenaged sons and their friend to the concert, but he said they also planned to walk past the KKK rally and counterprotest briefly as an educational experience.

All three kids are "political junkies," said Sewell.

"This is an incredible civics lesson for them," he said, noting the free speech issues at play. "I'm also a political junkie, so I thought I would come down and experience it."

Sewell's 13-year-old son Hayden Sewell said the day's events were a chance for him to see police in action.

"I'm really interested in law enforcement and how they react to different situations," he said. "I also love politics and civics things, so I just wanted to see what would happen, how the different interactions would play out."

Other acts at the Unity Concert included Chamomile and Whiskey and We Are Star Children.

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