Dave Matthews to Headline 'Stand With Standing Rock' Benefit Show
Dave Matthews will headline a benefit for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, "Stand With Standing Rock," on Nov. 27 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The benefit will raise funds to help protestors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a crude oil pipeline whose path would take it across culturally sacred sites and imperil the reservation's water supply.
With more artists to be announced soon according to organizers, tickets for the show will go on sale on Friday (Nov. 4). "How can we continue to allow oil money to dictate our environmental and social policies? The people of Standing Rock, and those who are supporting them, are standing up for their children and all of our children," Matthews said in a statement announcing the show. "We are letting the Dakota pipeline silence their voices. Not only are they desecrating sacred lands, but they also threaten to poison the Missouri River."
A presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now here, with general public tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Friday.
Activists from across the country have been joining protesters in North Dakota, the site of a series of sometimes violent confrontations with police and private security guards that began after a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for a preliminary injunction halting the 1,172-mile, $3.7 billion pipeline's construction on Sept. 9. Actress Shailene Woodley was taken into custody while protesting on site, broadcasting her arrest on Facebook Live and turning her Instagram into an ongoing chronicle of the cause.
The protests have been going on since April, and the cause has inspired a video tribute from the stars of the upcoming Justice League movie, tweets of support from actor Leonardo DiCaprio and social media posts from Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth.
And, you might have noticed, a lot of your friends might have used their Facebook feeds to check in at the Standing Rock Reservation, even though they were actually nowhere near the controversial site. According to the Guardian, as of Tuesday (Nov. 1) more than 1 million people had checked in at Standing Rock, with some claiming that the mass check-in effort was organized to prevent local law enforcement from tracking protesters on social media, a claim the Morton County Sheriff's Department denied.
Funds raised by the Matthews show will help provide supplies, legal assistance and other necessities to the protestors (also known as "water protectors") at the frontlines of the fight. After the concert, organizers say a grassroots effort will take place throughout the day in Washington, DC on Nov. 28.