[ACTION ITEMS: Read Smitty and Stacy. Keep current with Chris Cassone. Read Matthew Vadum and Barbara Espinosa, And by all means attend the Tax Day Tea Party.]

In case you were concerned, let me assure you the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is alive and well, and in key.

Chris Cassone and Stacy McCain sing the blues at Smittypalooza

(left) The Other B.B. King and Blind Melon McCain highlighted the evening with their soulful stylings.

Friends, I am sorry if you were not at the Third Annual Smittypalooza in Washington DC, because it was one of the coolest events I’ve attended in some time – and right on the eve of tomorrow’s Tax Day Tea Party. Tomorrow is a big deal, and tonight was a great way to kick it off.

Stacy McCain at Smittypalooza

It was about service, it was about fedoras, it was about imminent revolution, it was about citizen journalism as well as paid journalism … but more than anything, it was about the music. Stacy McCain, my friends, would be one HELL of a front man if there was a tip jar angle. I am convinced of this.

Smitty was honored at Smittypalooza
To put the evening in perspective, for those of you who do not know: Chris Smith, aka Smitty (center), is Stacy McCain’s co-blogger at The Other McCain, which our regular readers know is one of my favorite blogs and should be one of yours, too. Every year or so Smitty hosts the Smittypalooza in DC. It draws some really interesting visitors and this was no exception.

Chris Cassone at Smittypalooza
Here, Chris Cassone plays his new song, City on the Hill. (Click below to listen)

I had been shooting the breeze with Chris for about ten minutes, not knowing him from Adam, when the discussion got around to the 9-12 Tea Party event in DC. After I told him I was there he said “That’s where I played my song.” I asked, “What song is that?” He said “Take Our Country Back.”

Whoa. As you can tell from my video, I thought that was the seminal moment of the 9-12 demonstration. So it was wonderful to meet Chris in person. I recommend everyone check out his Web site and stay apprised of what he is doing. Chris Cassone is a really nice guy and he is providing the sound track for a sea change in America’s political culture.

A couple other impressive people at Smittypalooza were Matthew Vadum and Barbara Espinosa.
Matthew Vadum and Barbara Espinosa at Smittypalooza

Matthew Vadum is one of the key journalists covering criminal leftist organizations such as ACORN. Read this and this to see why I believe he deserves some kind of medal of honor for his work.

Barbara Espinosa is an activist from Arizona who is now also a blogger. What an interesting lady! She is new to blogging, although with Stacy as her mentor she has a very good technical foundation to apply her knowledge and grassroots experience to the blogosphere.

Thank you, Smitty and friends, for a fantastic evening.