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Published: 2012/09/06

Warren Haynes, Branford Marsalis, Brad Whitford Play DNC’s Chicago Rockin’ Blues Night

Warren Haynes Band performed at a Democratic National Convention party in Charlotte, NC last night. The show, part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Chicago Rockin’ Blues Night in Charlotte” celebration, featured a number of guest artists throughout the evening, including Branford Marsalis and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.

The invite-only party kicked off after the Democratic convention session, when Chicago Mayor (and party host) Rahm Emanuel introduced the Warren Haynes Band as the evening’s performers. The performance, which was heavily attended by Capital Hillers and celebrities including Natalie Portman, featured a number of songs nodding to the convention including Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” as well as a new song that Haynes co-wrote with Ziggy Marley, titled “Dreamin The Same Dream.”

Throughout the evening, Marsalis and Whitford appeared on several numbers including Etta James’ “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home,” Robert Johnson’s “32-20 Blues,” “Soulshine” and Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic.”

This marks Haynes’ latest politically-aligned move, following a performance earlier this year at the White House for the Obamas in celebration of the blues, along with Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, BB King and Trombone Shorty.

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