Who books this stuff for ‘Kids Day’? Alaska State Fair’s ‘Rise Against’ concert preaches hate, alienation, anarchy


“Rise Against,” an anarchy-promoting musical entourage, took center stage at the Alaska State Fair on “Kids Day,” when kids under the age of 12 could get into the fairgrounds for free, thanks to GCI.

The band is known for its radical social commentary, with LGBTQ issues and pushing the gender confusion message on youth as a main area of focus, although lyrics also deal with general rebellion against anything not anarchic.

“Rise Against is often labeled as a ‘political band’. Some journalists have stated that the band has specifically targeted the Republican administrations of George W. Bush and Donald Trump, while promoting anarchist ideologies,” according to Wikipedia.

Th anti-Trump band is known for its advocacy of the It Gets Better Project, which connects and supports LGBTQ youth and is against bullying.

Starting in the 1990s, the rock band has risen on the punk scene and although still preaching alienation, rebellion, and hate, the band is now a punk quartet of middle-aged white guys with modest musical talent, which make some of their work sound a bit cringe.

The song the “Nowhere Generation” lyrics include:

We are the nowhere generation
We are the kids that no one wants
We are a credible threat to the rules you set
A cause to be alarmed
We are not the names that we’ve been given
We speak a language you don’t know
We are the nowhere generation

The Alaska State Fair promotions department was not troubled by having this band booked for Kids Day:

“A little rain never hurt an Alaskan, ever. We’re always prepared! Day 6 of Alaska State Fair was a little wet but a lotta wonderful for GCI Kids’ Day. So much to do, so much to see! Huge laughter and applause at the Diaper Derby & Toddler Trot, Kids’ Day Games, and Foam Party.

“The Holland America Princess (HAP) Events Tent was on fire from the mad skills at the Ninja Warrior Camp presented by the UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage with Nick Hansen, Eskimo Ninja, and other top competitors. Camp will continue through Sunday 8/28! Pre-register on our website.

“Sheep, Goat & Swine strutted their stuff at Farm Exhibits while junior cowboys and cowgirls showed their moves at the Silver Legacy Jr. Rodeo.

“And let’s talk about that concert! If the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre had a roof, Rise Against would have blown it off with their hardcore sound! Part of the AT&T Concert Series.”

Hard core for Kids Day was how the State Fair closed out Day 6. Today is “Out at the Fair” day for LGBTQ+ experiences.


  1. Hey GCI, I will be dropping my Service with you. Cricket the new carrier in the Valley saves me almost $100 a month. So far they just provide communication services, and leave the Social Engineering to the Zuckerberg’s and other leftist promoters. Why go to a State Fair to hear a Hate Group. You Reap What You Sow.

    • You may be making an inaccurate connection. The band played the same day that GCI had free kids day but that does not mean GCI sponsored the band. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like GCI either but there does not seem to be an actual connection here.
      Better yet get mad at the State Fair itself. They are actually promoting the trans agenda.

      • Did you read the article? It’s right in there. Kids got in free thanks to GCI. They aren’t dumb, they know what they’re doing. I will be taking my business elsewhere as will the rest of my family and everyone I can tell. GCI caught red handed.

  2. Bands preaching hate, alienation and anarchy should never be allowed at the fair, because the music can be easily heard by anyone near the outdoor pavilion. And vendors having booths nearby are forced to listen to entire concerts.

    At our fair, people don’t need tickets to hear the entire concert. They only need a ticket to watch it.

    The Alaska State Fair shouldn’t be used to destroy the soul of America.

  3. For the most part, these are a traveling group of persons who live outside the state that show up —particularly in under-represented places–to push an agenda. Fair organizers are either afraid of them or secretly support them. As State Fairs across the country slide downhill, they’ll either completely wither away, or become something completely different. Like a twisted rivers festival. They will cease to be the family friendly event of tradition. This is what is under attack in our nation.

  4. Actually, Rise Against stands for the exact opposite of hate. They are against racism, and anti LGBTQ. Which is why the right hates them and writes BS articles like this one. Hate is spread through the intolerence spewed in your articles Suzanne. You are uninformed, and a hypocrite. Yet, I don’t hate you, I wish you the best.

  5. We do not need to revisit Tipper Gore legislation and album cover warnings. Kids are smart enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. The over riding message against bullying comes through at the end

  6. Tell me you don’t listen to their music without telling me you don’t listen to their music. Absolutely ridiculous.

  7. ahh yes “rise against a hate group” yes against racism,homophobia, nationalism etc. all the problems you right winged trump huggers can’t seemed to wrap your “hell yea freedom” brains around all y’all care about is your silly little book with your imaginary friend god that you throw more in our faces then our “gay agenda” like please tell me one booth at the fair that is handing out our “gay agenda” please because there are a few different booths handing out bibles to everyone and putting in their faces every time i walk by boom here have this new testament and obviously not everyone keeps it because i see them littered all over the fair lmao so how about you keep your mouths shut about a band that you know nothing about and it do any full research about and only stop when you see they support lgbt and are against republicans

  8. lol. This article is so sad, it’s hilarious. I’m sure you all enjoy listening to Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, right? Two guys who have advocated killing other Americans? You know, guys who actually do profess hate? But sure, keep deluding yourselves. We all know the real hate is what you feel towards kids and anyone who is different than you. Peace!

  9. I started listening to Rise Against when I was in 6th grade, which was the 6th consecutive year I had been bullied by the same group of girls. By that year, their group had become significantly larger, and within the halls of my middle school, I learned that most people will not stand up for what is right- they will either stand in silence or join the cruelty. I was not gay, and I had the privilege of being in a middle class family with two parents still together – but I was still struggling to see the point of continuing to live.

    Apart from Rise Against’s actual musicianship (that any real musician would be able to recognize), their lyrics were one of the only indications I had that there was hope for me. They were proof that people who can’t ignore the injustice in this world don’t have to be crippled by it, but could instead be motivated to fix it. As they later said in a live recording of their song Prayer of the Refugee, “…we were all born with a moral obligation to leave this world a better place than the world that we found.” It was through this band that I discovered my purpose, and as someone who became a Christian later on, I am convinced that God has only reaffirmed that purpose over and over again. I’m now 30 years old, a follower of Christ, and a forever fan of Rise Against. They remain my favourite band because they preach what more churches and supposed Christians should: LOVE

    As Barbara Brown Taylor said, “Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix.” Jesus never preached nationalism or homophobia. Based on your articles, Suzanne Downing, it seems you have chosen to sit at the tables Jesus flipped. I hope you reconsider.

    • Thank you for sharing and I too found so much hope in their music . As a Christian I do know that our beliefs differ with their beliefs and support if nothing else with just homosexuality but as a Christian I am told to share the truth but in love and timing and motives matter tremendously. So when it comes to homosexuality I obviously will always speak the truth Which is God created marriage for one man and one woman for one lifetime but you are absolutely right when it comes to the band actually teaches love and acceptance. I will go so far as to say a lot of their fans have forgotten this as they are extremely intolerant at times towards people with different ideals but we see that everywhere.

  10. Clearly this “writer” hasn’t listened to the music. Citing Wikipedia is also super credible journalism.

  11. HAHAHA the liberals are here and we’re coming for your kids! we’re gonna make them hug trees and be kind to one another, the world’s gonna burn! I can’t wait.

  12. Are you sure you didn’t mean to submit this piece to The Onion?
    Thanks for the laugh, I needed it today

  13. Clearly many of you do not listen to rise against. They are my favorite band and while my interpretation of their lyrics is far from what they intend their lyrics are extremely inspiring and actually not far from the truth in a lot of cases but again you would only know this if you listened to the band. And they are not preaching hate by any means lol that’s an absolute joke And again this is coming from a fan who is on the opposite side of pretty much every belief they hold but that’s the beauty of music it’s open to interpretation and I am all for anarchy especially with what is going on in our country. That does not make you a bad person a hateful person or anyone other than someone who wants to see real change. Between survivor guilt and state of the union , chamber the cartridge, black masks and gasoline they aren’t wrong … and of a Christian conservative I proudly display rise against on my arm because for the most part as I’ve stated quite clearly I don’t disagree with a majority of what they say. Great to see so many ignorant people commenting but more importantly the writer of the article lol

  14. I’ve been listening to this band since they started. They couldn’t be further from a “hate group” they literally preach anti bullying, anti racism and thinking for yourself. I wouldn’t even label them as a left band. As an Alaskan conservative this is the most ridiculous and bs article I’ve ever read. Do better…

  15. From your description of the band they apparently stand for kindness. Giving voice to feelings (of alienation, for example) speaks to a true experience of living in a land with people who don’t have a basic kindness ethic of “we’re in this together,” for example your idea against mask mandates – an argument that can be used against mandates prohibiting public nudity, which makes anti-maskers the real perverts. Anarchy? That’s what pure capitalism is.

  16. Was it Tim’s speech mid set about how homophobia and hate have no place in America? Was that the part that upset you so much. Conservatives showing their true colors

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