The National, the Breeders and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James have joined the roster of musicians pledging their support for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
The National and the Breeders are teaming for an Oct. 16 concert in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square dubbed “Vote Early, Rock Late.” Since early voting begins Sept. 30 in Ohio, buses will be on hand to take registered voters to Hamilton County Election Headquarters to cast ballots.
The National, whose members grew up in Cincinnati, has also designed a t-shirt featuring Obama’s face and the words “Mr. November” for sale on its Web site. All proceeds from the shirt, which references the band’s song of the same name, are being donated to Obama’s campaign.
Meanwhile, James has signed on for an Oct. 8 acoustic show at Chicago’s Schuba’s Tavern, with proceeds to benefit the Obama campaign.
In related news, Wilco and Fleet Foxes are offering a free MP3 of their cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” to anyone who visits the Wilco Web site and pledges to vote in the upcoming election. The track was taped Aug. 23 in Bend, Ore.