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October 28, 2010

The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples to perform at Jon Stewart D.C. rally

The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy are scheduled to perform at the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" Saturday at the National Mall.

Stewart, who is hosting the rally with Stephen Colbert, has been in Washington all week with "The Daily Show"; you might have missed his prickly interview with Barack Obama Wednesday night.

Today, the National Park Service released the permit for the rally, and the Christian Science Monitor got a hold of it. (Click Track picked it up earlier).

The Roots are scheduled for a pre-show performance, and Staples and Tweedy will go on for ten minutes at 1:40 p.m. Crow would follow later at 2:15 p.m. The entire show is scheduled to last nearly four hours.

The permit also allows that more musical guests may be added.

The rally is expected to be massive - a Huffington Post founder is even sponsoring 200 buses, and several side rallies are planned. Midnight Sun won't be there - there's too much Halloween in Baltimore this weekend  - are any readers going?

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:41 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Music News


"a Huffington Post founder is even sponsoring 200 buses"

If this had been a conservative sponsoring 200 buses for that Glenn Beck rally, we'd never have heard the end of "astroturf." Whatever you do, DON'T call this weekend's "rally" "Grassroots"

Bad Decisions rented a bus and are going.

ADM IV, Huffington is paying for the buses. She's not paying the people on them. It's no different than when Freedom Works and the Tea Party Express (a corporately-owned entity) paid for buses for the 9/12 rally and Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.

"Astroturfing" is what the oil companies did during the "protests" against the cap and trade legistlation in 2009: they paid all transportation expenses--as well as an hourly wage--to their workers who attended.

Plus, while there are political undertones to the event, it's more entertainment than politics. Can you say "satire"?


Tisk, tisk! Have your tantrum in a corner somewhere. Maybe a time-out is merited?

What is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

Build a bridge...You know the rest, I think.

I will be there, along with all of Reddit! Though, I'm going to keep Fear Alive.

Ok, we won't call the "rally" "grassroots"... Happy?... You need to relax, man. Why is this rally freaking you out? Why don't you come over instead and just hang out. I'll buy you a beer too if you like.

Ok, we won't call the "rally" "grassroots"... Happy?... You need to relax, man. Why is this rally freaking you out? Why don't you come over instead and just hang out. I'll buy you a beer too if you like.

Ok, we won't call the "rally" "grassroots"... Happy?... You need to relax, man. Why is this rally freaking you out? Why don't you come over instead and just hang out. I'll buy you a beer too if you like.

I love that an article about a rally to stop paranoid, knee-jerk radicalism immediately prompted a paranoid, knee-jerk radical comment.

Dave, you've obviously never met Sandy/ADMIV.

Bad Decisions paid for a bus, which makes the whole thing just astroturfing for the Baltimore bar lobby.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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