The band was Antibalas, a multi-culti, world-music mini-orchestrawhich would generally horrify me, all that patchouli and hemp clothing. But this one was full of horns and merengue rhythms and spanish singing, like a funkified Buena Vista Social Club. Their sound was great.
Their politics were boring. Theyre a protest group, griping about the usual military-industrial complex stuff. At one point they took a poll to see whom their audience would be voting for, as if it was any great mystery in that mostly twentysomething crowdbut I was the one of perhaps three lonely souls to give a woo for Hillary! And the trumpeter (who bore a striking resemblance to Borat as my friend Andy pointed out), beseeched the change-loving crowd that should Hillary be the nominee, God forbid, please vote for her because McCain would be much, much worse. Even worse than that was when the magnificent tenor sax player announced that in the case of Eliot Spitzer, the media made a huge deal out of something that so small... Two glasses of Sancerre and one Jamesons into my evening I could not abide his ignorance, so I hollered, IT WASNT SMALL!! Saxman responded over the crowd of three hundred in the little club, Okay, right it wasnt small, but nowhere near as big as what we're doing in Iraq...
This horn-tooters moral relativismwell, yes, I like to curb-stomp homeless people for fun but at least I didnt start a unilateral war that left an ancient country on the verge of anarchygot me to thinking of other rockstars whove use the stadium stage as soapbox and looked great, or absurd, doing it.
Sting. Has seen to the preservation of rainforests totalling the size of Belgium.
Bono. The world owes him for his tireless campaigning for debt relief in Africa.
Dave Matthews Band. Every post-grads favorite fiddle-accompanied pan-liberal.
Sheryl Crow. Informed environmentalist-agitator.
Green Day. American Idiotan excellent response to shut up and sing.
Will.i.am Beautiful. But what the hell is ScoJo doing in there?
REM. Preachy t-shirts at the 91 MTV video awards felt annoying.
The Dixie Chicks. Took hell for criticizing Bush. Took home an Emmy for the pretty, angry ballad they wrote in response to the pile on.
Rage Against the Machine. The original rock radicals support the Zapatistas, giving California back to Mexico, freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal, fighting the man, etc., etc.
Ted Nugent. Guns for everyone!
Kanye West. George Bush doesnt care about black people.
50 Cent. Flip. Flop.
Salt & Peppa. Dropping Obama into their hit song lyrics. Though most of us are just surprised to hear the duo is still alive.
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