Watch Dave Matthews and Neko Case Perform at Standing Rock Benefit
Last night (Nov. 27), Dave Matthews headlined a benefit that he organized to raise funds for those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The evening, dubbed “Standing With Standing Rock,” featured sets by Matthews and his longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds, Neko Case, Graham Nash and Ledisi and took place at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
You can watch video of Case sitting in with Matthews and Reynolds on “The Maker” above, and Rolling Stone reports that Case told the crowd that while she wasn’t a protest singer, she did have many “fight songs” in her catalog. Her three-song set consisted of “Vengeance Is Sleeping,” “Middle Cyclone” and “Man.”
Nash, however, has plenty of protest songs of his own from which to draw, and performed two of them, “Military Madness” and “Chicago,” during his set. Matthews also brought out members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe throughout the night to talk about the situation, one of whom was Kendrick Eagle, a 23-year-old who has met with President Obama on several occasions about the ordeal. "He told us he had our backs as long as he's in office, Eagle said. “And now we need him more than ever, and that's why I'm here."
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation sits on the border between North and South Dakota, are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which could potentially have a negative impact on the Missouri River, which is their water source. One of the most prominent supporters of the protest is Neil Young, who released a song last month that deals with the controversy, “Indian Givers.” Earlier today, he and his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah, published a joint statement on Facebook about what they had seen at their trip to the reservation, as tensions between protestors and police and members of the National Guard clashed in the past month.
“Despite the painful history, today they fight peacefully for us all,” they wrote. “Everyone we talk with is committed to peaceful resistance. Weapons, alcohol and drugs are forbidden there. … They stand against corporate security forces, the county sheriff and the National Guard. Standing while being hit with water cannons, mace, tear gas, rubber bullets. Standing without weapons and praying, the water protectors endure human rights abuses in sub freezing temperatures. Supplies arrive from all over as the social media universe shares the heartbreaking news to the world, that an American corporate media is not free to report. Thus, it is the ugliness of corporate America, seen around the world. ... We are calling upon you, President Barack Obama, to step in and end the violence against the peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock immediately.”
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