March 01, 2008

Keep the Campaign Running

I was going to post about this earlier this week, but at that point it seemed like nothing more than a rumor and I wasn't about to be the guy to add fuel to the flames. However, with ticket in hand, I can now confirm (along with numerous other sources, who picked up the story last night via press release) that the Arcade Fire will be playing a show in support of Barack Obama's presidential bid tomorrow night at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio. To be perfectly clear; this won't be the entire touring band, I'm not even totally certain which members are making the trip. Win Butler, Regine Chassagne and Jeremy Gara will be there for sure though, it wouldn't be an Arcade Fire show without them. The band will also be playing a show Monday night at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. The press release states that admission to these shows will be first come, first served, but the local Obama campaign crew here in Athens was given 250 VIP tickets to distribute, so I expect Cleveland's event will also be partially ticketed. I'm still really taken aback by the thought of Arcade Fire coming to my tiny college town to play a free show. You'd think they would have gone to Columbus, but I guess Athens holds some clout in the upcoming primaries. Rest assured, I will have a full review of the show, with pictures, (if I can get a camera in) on Sunday night.

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