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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.


There are 11 comments associated with this post

Doug R. September 6, 2012, 13:37:06

BraVO my friends!! Sounds like ya’ll had a blast!! And PADME was there too!! Wow!!

PM September 6, 2012, 14:48:49

The Greatness continues!

Obama stinks September 6, 2012, 14:55:58

Tell Obama he will NEVER get my tax money to kill babies! NEVER.

Tim September 6, 2012, 15:31:09

It’s ok Warren…we won’t hold this against you…rock on.

marc September 6, 2012, 18:11:23

low life haters refuse to take off their masks. Warren and friends it is great to see artists involved with contributing to the future. Keep The Faith!!!

Russ September 6, 2012, 18:11:23

Warren, ignore the idiots, you played for a great cause!!!

norma stitz September 6, 2012, 20:52:31

Obama has and will get your tax dollars to kill babies. Take look around, the more baby killing the better.

norma stitz September 6, 2012, 20:54:22

Oh and by the way, Warren doesn’t have to ignore the idiots because he certainly doesn’t read this irrelevant shit.

toddonbike September 7, 2012, 01:14:16

Warren Haynes ~ Secretary of the Blues

Bab's Uvula September 7, 2012, 08:12:28

Warren Haynes is one of the few guys these days that can “go political” and not lose any fans. I personally don’t agree with Warren’s politics, but it doesn’t stop me from diggin’ his music.

Michael B September 7, 2012, 09:28:07

Ironic that the author picked out these two songs: “A Change Is Gonna Come” Indeed the change is named Romney; “Dreamin The Same Dream” before Obama announces that he isn’t going to change a thing, keep on dreaming that same tired take-from-the-rich-and-give-to-the-poor-big-government dream.

Shaun September 7, 2012, 11:13:41

Michael, please explain to me how Romney’s cutting taxes for the rich and increasing the burden on the middle class and the poor is somehow “change” from what we went through under Dumbya, or the voodoo economics of the Reagan years. Trickle-down proved to be a fallacy then, and it’s even more of one now. Obama’s had to undo eight years of damage from the Bush II years, where the surpluses inherited from Clinton were squandered and then we had the total economic collapse of 2008. Please explain how having the wealthiest Americans paying their fair share is somehow a “tired dream,” and why programs that benefit everyone — rich or poor — should have to suffer or be outright eliminated in order to pay for additional tax cuts to the wealthy who can afford it. Because, apparently, in your mind stuff like education, clean air and water, safe roads and bridges, job programs, and health services aren’t important or, in some cases, should only be offered to those same wealthy folks you’re so concerned about? Are you wealthy yourself? If so, what are you so afraid of and why aren’t you willing to do your share? If you aren’t, why the hell are you defending their sense of entitlement to not have to do their share? Why vote against your own best economic interests or support policies that discriminating towards the less fortunate, and especially damning of minorities and women? It’s just amazing that a website like this one — and, apparently, the jamband scene in general — has so many right-wing wacktards who don’t seem to get it. When did this happen? I can remember there being a lot of political apathy at one time, but it was generally a liberal, progressive mindset anyhow. I really don’t see the GOP as the party of peace, love, understanding. Wake up Sheeple!

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