The Provention Concert, slated for September 2 at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium, is a rock-based attempt at drawing attention to “People, Peace and the Planet” during the Republican National Convention. Several local bands have signed up to be part of the counter-programming initiative, including such Twin Cities as Dan Wilson, Kid Dakota, The Alarmists, Chris Koza, Charlie Parr, and the Honeydogs. The politically progressive rock concert has been in the works for several weeks now, but it’s site has been down until recently.
Also worth a gander is the Poster Offensive, an aesthetic attempt to promote “peace and democracy,” while drawing on the media attention and foot traffic that will be concentrated in the city during the Republican National Convention.
To the tune of his band’s famous “I Wanna Rock,” Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French throws his considerable political clout behind Senator Obama.
XXL interviews rapper DMX, covering many topics, including the current American presidential race:
“Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.
You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!
Barack Obama, yeah.
What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.”