The DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., will be rocking in support of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux people on Sunday, Nov. 27, when alternative rock icon Dave Matthews joins guitarist Tim Reynolds for a special “Stand with Standing Rock” concert.
Concert proceeds will support the water protectors in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Matthews and Reynolds, who are in the midst of a national acoustic tour followed by a world tour next year, will be joined on the D.C. stage by indie rocker Neko Case, R&B and jazz singer/songwriter and actress Ledisi and Lakota Thunder, winners of a 2006 Nammy Award for Best Traditional Recording.
Tickets for the concert sold out the day they went up for public purchase Nov. 4.
“How can we continue to allow oil money to dictate our environmental and social policies?” Matthews is quoted in an announcement of the concert. “The people of Standing Rock, and those who are supporting them, are standing up for their children and all of our children. We are letting the Dakota pipeline silence their voices. Not only are they desecrating sacred lands, but they also threaten to poison the Missouri River.”
Matthews is one of a number of musicians and celebrities who have visited the camp or come out in support of the protectors. Most recently, Neil Young visited on his 71st birthday and has a song about the fight against DAPL on an album being released in early December.
Celebrities are not the only ones using music to raise money. On Nov. 12, for example, a concert in Champaign-Urban, Illinois, “C-U Stands with Standing Rock as reported by WANDTV, raised $4,700 to help pay for legal expenses, food, water, shelter, sanitation for the water protectors. The event, part of a two-concert series, also has a Facebook page.
“The pipeline is going to break. It’s going to break there is no doubt about it, and it’s coming to Illinois,” Lois Kain, a clean-water advocate, said at the event. “It’s going to cross the Missouri, the Des Moines, the Mississippi, the Illinois, the Kaskaskia. … What are we supposed to drink? And it’s coming to Illinois; Illinois is not safe from this thing. People think it’s just North Dakota, that’s not true. It’s all the water.”
According to the concert promotion site Live for Live Music, ‘organizers have teamed with Ben & Jerry’s to provide a full length live stream of the event.