Chance the Rapper Will Host Free Chicago Concert To Encourage Youth Voters
As election day (Nov. 8) creeps closer and closer, several artists have used the short window of time wisely by hosting free concerts either in support of their candidate of choice or to call attention to the importance of voting.
So far, big name draws such as The National, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Aoki and Jay Z and Ne-Yo have played shows (or will play shows) or appeared at events in support of democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Now, Chance the Rapper -- who openly shared his support for Hillary Clinton in a Billboard cover story -- is doing his part and throwing a free concert of his own next week in his hometown of Chicago on Monday, Nov. 7.
The aim of the concert -- which is the headlining event for the national Parade to the Polls campaign -- is to encourage Chicago's youth to vote. Chance's nonprofit organization SocialWorks partnered with Virgin Hotels, where the concert will take place, to deliver an evening of performances from a handful of Chicago based artists such as alternative rockers Twin Peaks, Taylor Bennett, Eryn Allen Kane and more.
“This election is very important, a chance for new leaders and new opportunities to emerge,” Chance said in a press release. He also expressed his pride in partnering with so many great organizations, such as Boost Your Voice and TurboVote "to give everyone a voice in the democratic process and encourage people to vote, both locally and nationally.”
Following the performances, Chance and SocialWorks will lead the crowd to the nearest polling station to truly live out what it means to Parade to the Polls.