Lupe Fiasco, Anti-Flag, Nellie McKay Join Republican Convention Protest Shows

Lupe Fiasco
The list of artists playing shows in and around Minneapolis/St. Paul during next month’s Republican National Convention (September 1-4) keeps growing.

We already told you that Rage Against the Machine will play the Target Center in Minneapolis on September 3 and that Rage guitarist Tom Morello will hook up with Steve Earle for a show in St. Paul on September 1.

Now comes word that the Morello/Earle gig in support of the Service Employees International Union’s Labor Day Festival will also feature Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Billy Bragg and Earle’s wife, singer Allison Moorer, as well as a possible appearance by former Democratic presidential hopeful Senator John Edwards. The “Take Back Labor Day” Festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at Harriet Island Regional Park, and organizers have hinted that other “special guests” will also be on hand.

In addition, Anti-Flag, Michael Franti, Dead Prez and Matisyahu have signed up to play a free show on September 2 on the State Capitol lawn, according to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune. Nellie McKay is playing the Provention concert at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, as well as hometown favorites the Honeydogs, Cloud Cult and members of Semisonic.

It won’t all be protest shows, though. In honor of the Republican gathering, former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar and country singer LeAnn Rimes have signed on to perform during the convention at private parties on First Avenue and Trocaderos in Minneapolis, respectively.