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Stefan Lessard has written an opinion piece for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Stefan discusses his stance against using illegal wood to manufacture musical instruments while also voicing his support for the Lacey Act. You can read Stefan's thoughts on the subjects here.
You may have heard about the hip new thing that the kids are trying out there, Hating on President Barack Obama because of his skin color. Well, you're not fooling one David J. Matthews. In an interview with CNN, he's aware of the ruse.
"I found there's a fairly blatant racism in America that's already there," Matthews said in discussing the opposition to some of President Obama's policies. "There's a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he's black, even if they don't say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it."
And if you think that was the shocker of the interview, you'd be mistaken. When discussing Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Dave opined, "Our first three records were really good. We made good records after those first three - really good records - but I don't think they were necessarily the spirit of the band". Whereas Dave's political opinions may fall along party affiliation, Dave's in the vast minority with half of that statement.
As much as you might wish Dave/Tim were running for P/VP together they instead are putting their weight behind Obama/Biden with the addition of another concert. This time in Richmond, VA on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the Alltel Pavilion at the Virginia Commonwealth University Stuart C. Siegel Center. The performance, being dubbed "Last Chance for Change", is actually free (man all those VIP's spending 25k out in Seattle have no idea). While free, tickets are required to attend the concert. They are available 2 per person on a first-come, first served basis to all Virginia residents and students,
and plumbers from all over the US. Tickets are available starting at 10:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 18 at the Richmond and Charlottesville 'Campaign for Change' offices. For more information check out www.barackobama.com/dave.
Dave Matthews is stepping to the plate for his candidate.
According to the official site for Barack Obama (D), Dave will perform a benefit show on October 19 in Seattle. The concert will be at the Downtown Seattle Sheraton (Metropolitan Ballroom).
Tickets are a mere $1,000.00, or $25,000.00 if you would like a VIP ticket. If you can't afford the tickets, you can still contribute money to Obama via the link above.
Oh, and for that price, Barry ain't showing. But Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden will be there.
At the bottom of the link, they ask who tipped you to the concert. Make sure you tell em your friends at antsmarching.org sent ya!
Seems like those crazy college kids can't be trusted after all.
Not only is super rock star Barack Obama not appearing at Ohio University, according to the latest word from the college newspaper, neither is DMB.
The good news is that DMB can now stay in the studio and not have to travel half-way across the country for this rally/performance.
The biggest rock star in the world might just perform with the Dave Matthews Band.
Democratic candidate for President Barack Obama is scheduled for a rally on the campus of Ohio University March 2. According to The Post, the Ohio U campus newspaper, the Dave Matthews Band will also be in attendance to perform.
According to the story, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith said that the DMB appearance only needs approval from a Chicago based production company and University officials.
Matthews has backed Obama publicly, whereas Boyd Tinsley threw his support behind John Edwards during the former North Carolina Senator and trial lawyer's run.
The official DMB site has not made any announcement of the performance (yet).
Should it occur, expect a shortened - but energetic set - from DMB. One might argue that the crowd energy would rival the Live Trax Portugal show. Obama's speech promises to focus on change.
Thanks to ants user thestand for the tip!
Update: According to a story from The Post on February 22, Obama is most likely not going to attend the rally, but DMB will still likely perform at Ohio U.
In a rare move for Dave Matthews, he has given his support to a Democratic candidate before the primary season has ended.
Dave announced that he supports Barack Obama. The fact that Dave went hard-left isn't a shock (Obama got the #1 ranking according to this report), but it's a new arena for Dave to throw his support to someone prior to the end of the primary season. In 2004, Dave was seen a few times at Howard Dean rallies, before proclaiming that the "Only Choice" for President was John Kerry.
And, of course, DMB once performed at President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Ball, which may have left some wondering if Dave would back Hillary.
If things fall apart for Obama in his Presidential bit (like not winning the primary), Dave will still be able to support another liberal candidate sure to get his party's endorsement; John McCain.
Despite being run by the notorious 527 tax-exempt group moveon.org, the Dave Matthews Band portion of the Vote For Change tour is non-political.
The only references to politics during the DMB portion of the show (two as of the time of this story) have been by Dave encouraging people to vote. Dave has not come out and pledged his support for John Kerry (D-MA) nor mentioned his distaste for President George Bush, according to the Dayton Daily News (sign up for their site to read the full story).
"You probably know why I'm here and who I'm going to vote for, but democracy depends on whole participation," Matthews said. "So please vote, who ever you're voting for.
"Now we'll play, that's what we came for."
Some fans didn't give Dave a chance to make his non-partisan statement. A smattering of boos erupted during the October 2nd show when Dave began to speak.
Dave Matthews, along with Trey Anastasio of Phish and members of The Dead, will appear in a series of TV, radio and internet public service announcements intended to raise voter registration and turnout for the upcoming election. The nonpartisan organization, HeadCount, is behind the "Show Up" ads, part of a campaign it calls "Get Out The Vote". The ads, filmed at the Bonnaroo festival this past June, use the metaphor of a giant concert "celebrating freedom, community, and expression; one that captures the spirit of an era and makes history overnight; a gathering so huge that the whole country is invited, [but] nobody shows up." Dave Matthews is shown saying "On election day this November you'll have a chance to exercise the most important right we have as Americans. Do this country a favor, show up and vote." The three 30 second PSA's are viewable on the HeadCount website. A limited edition HeadCount poster, featuring pictures of DMB and other bands, is also available from the DMB Store and the Headcount Store.
The Dave Matthews Band is stepping up their anti-George Bush campaign. The DMB joins fellow liberals Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, REM, Bonnie Raitt, and others on a tour titled Vote for Change, according to the official site. The concert doesn't officially endorse any candidate, but everyone on the marquee has pledged their allegiance for John F. Kerry, the Democratic candidate for President.
On The Today Show, in a promotional interview for the event, Dave alluded to the fact that people might be influenced to vote for the candidate of his choice because they like DMB music.
The DMB tour dates (teamed up with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket) run in Early October.
One of those 'changes' DMB is for could affect you. Kerry has previously stated that he would repeal the tax cuts implemented by President Bush. Naturally, that will raise your (or your parents if you are under the legal age) taxes, or affect how much they earn in a given year. This would mean you would have less money to spend on the (in 2004) $57.00 ticket price to see DMB live. No word from the Official Site if they'd lower ticket prices to make up for the loss of income to DMB fans.