Musicians Step Up Stumping Ahead Of Election
With the U.S. presidential election a little more than a week away, everyone from hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and P. Diddy to John Kerry's old bandmates are making get out the vote appearances.With the U.S. presidential election a little more than a week away, everyone from hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and P. Diddy to John Kerry's old bandmates are making get out the vote appearances.
P. Diddy is taking his Citizen Change initiative on the road with a three-day tour that will visit Milwaukee and Detroit tomorrow (Oct. 26), and is scheduled to visit Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Miami.
Simmons' Hip-Hop Team Vote Get Out the Vote Bus Tour is in full swing, making stops today in Columbus, Ohio, with Cleveland, Philadelphia and Miami also on its list. Along the way, more than 40,000 copies of the "Wake Up Everybody" compilation will be distributed.
The title track is an all-star collaboration organized by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds with Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Jamie Foxx, Fabolous and Ashanti among those taking part. The disc also features tracks by Lenny Kraits, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Everclear, Jurrasic 5, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and others.
The Electras, a band in which candidate Kerry played bass as a teenager, will make an appearance tonight in New York at show hosted by political action committee Concerts for Change. The event at the Knitting Factory will also boast John Wesley Harding, Marshall Crenshaw, Martha Redbone, Richard Barone, David Poe and Lea DeLaria performing Bruce Springsteen covers.
A Nov. 1 show at the same venue will be hosted by actress Uma Thurman and former Senator Bob Kerrey, and will feature violinist Miri Ben-Ari and others.