Close Election= Free Concerts
**UPDATE** I incorrectly said there were two Dave Matthews shows planned, there is actually only one.
So are you sick of all the campaign ads and the relentless mail and telephone calls in support of or against the candidates for president? Well here is one benefit: Prominent musicians are coming or have come to town in support of their candidates and are giving free shows to anyone who would listen.
Last week country stars Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich of Big and Rich performed in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Next week music giant and Virginia native Dave Matthews will join his acoustic band mate Tim Reynolds for two a free shows in the Commonwealth in support of Barack Obama. One of those The show will be at the Seigel Center in Richmond.
In addition, a group of musical heavyweights will bring a show to the Richmond Coliseum on October 28th designed to heighten voter awareness. The show is not advertised in support of any candidate but features the Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Nora Jones and Santogold. As far as I’ve seen they probably are not John McCain supporters. That particular concert is not fee. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.
You can find more information on the Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds concert after the jump.
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Oct. 16, 2008
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to Perform in Richmond for “Last Chance for Change”
RICHMOND, Va. – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Dave Matthews and longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds will perform at the ALLTEL Pavilion at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond on Sunday, October 26, to urge Virginians to vote for the change we need – affordable, accessible health care for every American, tax relief for middle class families struggling in this economy and a responsible end to the Iraq war.
Matthews began his musical career in Charlottesville and has a farm in Scottsville. He has long a record of giving back to his community and his country, performing to benefit people impacted by Hurricane Katrina, victims of the Virginia Tech shootings and in support of music education. He’s been a board member of Farm Aid since 2000.
The show will be free and open to all Virginia residents and students, but tickets are required. Please see ticketing information below.
SUN, OCT. 26, 2008
“Last Chance for Change” with Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Where: ALLTEL Pavilion at the Stuart C. Siegel Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
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The event is free and open to all Virginia residents and students. Two free tickets per person are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the locations listed below.
***Tickets are available starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18. Campaign for Change offices are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.***
Richmond Campaign for Change Office
1710 E Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Charlottesville Campaign for Change Office
104 Wertland St.
***For security reasons, do not bring bags and please limit personal items. No signs or banners permitted***