The National and Common to Perform at Pre-Inauguration Planned Parenthood Benefit Show in DC
by Johnny G. Papagiannis
The National and Common are slated to perform at Show Up!, a pre-inauguration concert hosted by Planned Parenthood and All Access. The event will take place at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on January 19th, the night before the inauguration. Show organizers say that Show Up! will serve as a “call to action for supporters of reproductive freedom to take action wherever they are.”
Grammy and Academy Award-winner Common and Grammy-nominated The National are not the only performers set to appear. The night will also feature elected officials, celebrities, and additional performers.
However, given their history of political advocacy, it’s no surprise that The National and Common were the first performers announced. Both Common and The National’s frontman, Matt Berninger, have spoken out for progressive causes. “Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and health,” Berninger said about next week’s benefit. “This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights.” In December 2016, the National also announced that they would donate their online store’s Black Friday proceeds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Democracy Now!
Meanwhile, Common has called his newest album, “Black America Again,” a “social, political piece of art.” The artist also recently started the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth through creative arts and mentoring.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, had this to say about the benefit show:
“On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, we plan to send a clear message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care and abortion services. Many of the activists within the All Access coalition have been leading this fight for decades, and together, we plan to energize more supporters to show up and take action, not just on January 19, but every day and everywhere they can. We’re standing together to create the world we want to see. We know our movement is stronger when we partner together and we will make our message clear: We will not back down, we will not be silenced, and we will not let attacks on reproductive freedom stand.”
Getting into the show won’t be easy—though the event is free, tickets can only be acquired “through partnering organizations.”
Check out the full press release here.