The road to the presidency is long, bumpy and, often, musical. The national initiative known as “Bands for Bernie” – supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' candidacy for the Democratic party nomination for president – is coming to Propaganda in Lake Worth.
“We wanted to kick it off mellow with Pink Slip, a folksy band,” said Jon Jordan, owner of the club, “and as the night goes on – you know, at Propaganda it’s always a party – we figure we’d get a little crazy later.”
Pink Slip is set to play at 5:30 p.m. and each band will subsequently kick off on the half hour. The bill also includes Rod MacDonald & Friends, Steel Brothers Band, The Speed of Darkness, Chris Horgan (of Sweet Bronco), Fuzzhound, Peyoté Coyote and Kocossanté. Lake Worth City Commissioner Christopher McVoy is slated to attend the event and speak on behalf of Sen. Sanders
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Bands for Bernie is hardly the first movement of its kind pairing musicians – particularly rock musicians – with political campaigns. Grunge rockers Pearl Jam famously supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, Kid Rock stumped for Mitt Romney in 2012, and Fleetwood Mac's “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” will forever by synonymous with Gov. Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign.
Tom Conboy, a volunteer with Progressive Democrats of America, an organization working to elect Sanders, said he hopes show goers coming in the door for the gig will contribute to the campaign, though there will be no specific door charge. He added: “Bernie Sanders is a genuine candidate, he doesn’t flip-flop on his positions, he’s held the same positions since the 1970s – it’s just now that they’re popular.”
Propaganda holds about 200 people, so space may be limited. “There’s close to 200 people who’ve RSVP’d on the invite,” noted Conboy. “We’re expecting a full house.”
5 p.m. Sunday, August 16. Propaganda LW, 6 S J St, Lake Worth. (561) 547-7273, propagandalw.com. No cover.