Arcade Fire Playing Free Shows For Barack Obama

Amrit Singh | February 29, 2008 - 9:37 pm

Early on and before most of indie rock had started showing their stripes as Obamaniacs this Democratic primary season, Win Butler took to the internet to let us know how close we were coming to fucking up what was in his mind a historic opportunity. Gently, he nudged:

Barack is the first candidate in my lifetime to strip some of this bullshit away, and I just hope we don’t blow this chance.

man if we miss this opportunity we don’t deserve it…how bad does it have to get?

Well by Win’s measure things must be a lot better because since then “Yes We Can” happened and single-handedly galvanized the electorate to seeing things his way. But Butler’s no longer just blogging about the view from his windowsill anymore. This is politics in action, people: Win, Will (both U.S. born, Texans raised), Regine (dual citizen!), and Jeremy Gara (“a really nice Canadian who likes playing music and is sick of explaining to Americans what universal health care means”) are playing shows to help Barack rock the vote (are we still saying that?) for the March 4th primaries, which include contests in delegate-rich Texas and the site of the show, Ohio. Via press release:


Arcade Fire will be playing a free concert on Sunday, March 2nd at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio in support of Barack Obama’s bid for the
Democratic nomination. The show is at 7 p.m., first come first serve.They will also be playing a free show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on Monday, March 3rd. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the show is 18 and over, first come first serve.

That’s a whole lot of love for Arcade Fire to show Barack, but really who’s surprised that they have POLITICAL OPINIONS. And also we hear Win was really flattered when he read that Barack Obama listened to his MP3.