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As the Democrats in Denver closed their convention with a rousing call to arms by their new presidential nominee Barack Obama before a packed crowd at the former Mile High Stadium, the final notes (by Brooks And Dunn) were also sounded on a week where music played perhaps a more important role in the political process than ever before.
As we reported earlier this week, some of the biggest names in music came out in force to show their support for the Democartic presidential hopeful. The Democratic convention kicked off with concerts featuring artists like Sheryl Crow and Dave Matthews, and John Legend debuted a brand new song.
As the week continued, Rage Against The Machine played a free concert at the Denver Coliseum on Wednesday where they were joined by MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer for a seering version of that bands political rock anthem “Kick Out The Jams.” The MC5 were one of the original torch-bearers of the revolution rock of the sixties, and Kramer himself was right there during the infamous riots which marked the Democrats 1968 convention in Chicago. Rage later marched with thousands to the Pepsi Center in a peaceful demonstration.
Tuesday night saw performances by Rage’s Tom Morello (in his alter-ego as the Nightwatchman), along with David Crosby and Graham Nash (who had a brief reunion with James Taylor), and New Orleans resident (and survivor) Irma Thomas playing a stirring blues and gospel set. Death Cab For Cutie blogged from the convention for Rolling Stone, raising a few eyebrows with some of their comments (just ask Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly).
At a private concert held in the wee hours of Thursday morning, Kanye West was joined onstage by Jamie Foxx for a version of “Gold Digger” that by all accounts raised the roof at the Exdo Event Center in Denver. The private party sponsored by Bono’s anti-hunger One group and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was attended by both political and entertainment heavyweights ranging from Ashley Judd to former former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle. Bruce Springsteen was rumored to make an appearance after Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night to perform acoustic, but never showed.
With the Democrats’ party in Denver now one for the books, we’ll know come November whether or not there will be any encores to one of the more musical national political conventions the nation has ever witnessed. In the meantime, here are some of the better post-political concerts happening in your town this weekend:
Allman Brothers Band with Ratdog 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Sheryl Crow 8/30 Saturday 7:00 PM King Countys Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA
ZZ Top 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Marcus Amphitheater / Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI
Queensryche 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM House of Blues (New Orleans) in New Orleans, LA
Chris Rock 8/30/2008 Saturday 11:00 PM The Colosseum At Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
My Morning Jacket 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM House of Blues Orlando in Orlando, FL
Willie Nelson 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:30 PM Lithia Motors Amphitheatre in Central Point, OR
Jonas Brothers 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA
Squeeze 8/30/2008 Saturday 9:00 PM Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City in Cleveland, OH
Lil Wayne 8/30/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM Chaifetz Arena in Saint Louis, MO
Sugarland 8/30/2008 Saturday 8:00 PM Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, CO
Kenny Chesney 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:30 PM Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL
Oasis with Ryan Adams 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Donna Summer 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:30 PM Ravinia Pavilion in Highland Park, IL
Black Crowes 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:30 PM Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in Saint Paul, MN
Dave Matthews Band 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA
Ice Cube 8/30/2008 Saturday 7:00 PM House of Blues Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV
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