With the Iowa Caucus just a few days away, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is enlisting a few notable musicians for a last second push. Vampire Weekend, Killer Mike, and Foster the People are all scheduled to perform at a rally held by Sanders at University of Iowa Field House this Saturday.
The performance will presumably mark Vampire Weekend’s debut as a three-piece following the departure of Rostam Batmanglij. It also marks the band’s first live performance since August 2014.
Update – Wednesday, January 27th at 11:05 a.m. CT: According to Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, the lineup for Saturday includes Koenig, drummer Chris Thompson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and the University of Iowa Hawkapellas a capella group. He also said they hope to perform a separate show outside the main event.
As for Killer Mike, the rally is just the latest in a string of public appearances he’s made in support of Sanders. In fact, the Run the Jewels MC has become something of a de facto campaign spokesman. He previously interviewed Sanders at his barbershop, introduced him at a rally in Atlanta, and spoke to the media following a Democratic debate.
The rally, which begins at 6:30 p.m. local time, is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
Update – Wednesday, January 27th at 3:30 p.m. CT:On February 5th, Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a Bernie Sanders fundraiser at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Click here for more info.