For liberal voters in America, all eyes are on the music scene, as rock mega-stars “the Red Hot Chili Peppers” announced earlier this week that they would be headlining the upcoming Bernie Sanders fundraiser event in LA.
It seems to many that Bernie Sanders is quickly becoming the coolest candidate out there, with a lineup including underground rapper Killer Mike and alt-pop sensation Vampire Weekend.
However, Hillary Clinton is also generating a lot of buzz for the performers at her upcoming rally. “We decided to go with a more down-to-earth, indie lineup for [the rally]” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in an interview with Associated Press. “We considered a lot of more low-key, thoughtful acts, since we wanted to appeal to a really complex, diverse voter base. In the end [Hillary] and I agreed to have singer-songwriter Bill Clinton headline the show. So far we’ve been getting great feedback and a lot of excitement from his fans, as well as people who had never heard of him before.”
That’s right, celebrated independent singer and guitarist Bill Clinton will be the leading act in what is shaping up to be the biggest night in political history for dozens of rising stars in the music industry. As Vice News journalist Jassmin Al-Ebraheem wrote Tuesday, “This is a huge turning point for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, since Bernie Sanders has been considered the go-to candidate for trendsetters and overall ‘stylish’ people. With a lineup like this, Clinton is driving the point home that while many young Americans may vote for Sanders, truly cool people still have her back.”
A former politician himself, Bill Clinton has been hailed as one of the best musicians of last year, and although he is getting on in years (he is 69, which is miles ahead of even the aging Chili Peppers) his popularity has skyrocketed since the release of his Pitchfork-acclaimed single “Dear Monica” in late 2014. “This is a man who is old enough to be Grimes’ grandfather, and in the last year and a half he has gone from playing house shows in upstate New York to collaborating with acts like Chance the Rapper and selling out secret shows with Wilco,” says Rolling Stone reporter Michael Cleveland. “He’s truly amazing live. Sophisticated both lyrically and musically. When I meet people at bars or on the street who say they like his music, that’s how I know I’ve made a friend with good taste.”
Bill Clinton himself is a quiet, intellectual type with a passion for philanthropy. In a phone interview with The Aesthetyka, he didn’t have much gloating to do. “I like helping people. I was a little wild when I was younger, and I might have hurt a lot of people with my actions. I’ve reached an age where I want to start giving back, and my music is a symptom of that. As for Hillary Clinton, I’m a huge fan, so the gig was an obvious yes.”
On behalf of music fans everywhere, we want to say that we’re all extremely excited for Bill Clinton’s performance. Bill Clinton may have put Hillary Clinton back on the map.
No word yet on the Martin O’Malley rally lineup, although Trashy Dan’s Pub n’ Grub in Baltimore has been confirmed as the location. When asked about the choice, O’Malley responded, “They serve complimentary fries on Open Mic Night, and Ravens fans get their third appletini half off. What’s not to love?”