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Beats Per Millennium - Beasties, Santogold play Get Out and Vote shows

Beasties, Santogold play Get Out and Vote shows

If your mom busts in and says WHAT’S THAT NOISE…just tell her you are preparing to exercise your right as an American citizen.

Frat boy party anthems and cheesy story openings aside, the Beastie Boys are one of the most important and influential groups in rap’s history. They have also become increasingly political over the course of their careers, much to the chagrin of many Tibetans who believe the surprising attention from the West has brought China’s hammer down a little harder. Now the Beasties have announced that they will be headlining three star-studded shows in the days leading up to the election.

On October 28 the Beasties will play the Richmond Coliseum, along with up-and-comer Santogold. An adult contemporary-straddling trio of Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, and Norah Jones rounds out the lineup. The Beastie Boys will be back at it at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Roy Wilkins Auditorium on November 1, with support from Ben Harper and Tenacious D. Those same artists will play the next night at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena, with the addition of David Crosby and Graham Nash.

The event is non-partisan (umm, right.) Beastie Boy Mike D described it as a chance to “come out, have nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up in the morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.” Sounds like fun to me.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Oct 14, 2008 09:40 AM