Vampire Weekend + Killer Mike Will Perform at a Bernie Sanders Rally in Iowa
Ahead of the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1, presidential candidates on both sides are making their presences very much felt in the state. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders intends to win over more voters at a rally in Iowa City on Saturday (Jan. 30) with the help of a few key musical guests.
Vampire Weekend, Killer Mike and Foster the People will all perform at the rally, which will take place at the University of Iowa Field House at 6:30PM. The event is free of charge and open to all. Find more information right here.
The rally comes right on the heels of Rostam Batmanglij’s announcement yesterday that he has parted ways with Vampire Weekend. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be present for the band’s performance this weekend. (Just before announcing his departure from Vampire Weekend, Batmanglij expressed his support for Sanders.) The Sanders rally also marks Vampire Weekend’s first live gig since 2014.
Killer Mike has been an outspoken supporter of Sanders. The Run the Jewels rapper introduced Sanders at a rally in his hometown of Atlanta back in November. (They also had lunch together, which can be seen in the photo below.) Killer Mike then spoke with the presidential hopeful in a six-part interview that took place at his Atlanta barbershop. The conversation covered the economy, social justice, health care, political protests and voting.
Brought this guy to Busy Bee on MLK in ATL. pic.twitter.com/K93EUniUZE
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) November 23, 2015
I appreciate Sen. Bernie Sanders for Coming in #TheSWAGShop on Edgewood ave and talking with me for an hr about the course this country is taking. Thank U Sen. Sanders! #SpecialThanksToMattAndNoniesToo #ThankUSenSandersStaff #ThankUSWAG Shop Staff. Thank All who #FeelTheBurn #APoliticalRevoltionIsComing #HeThrowUp #RTJ #CoolOldMan #RespectHim