Sunday, February 03, 2008

Golden Smog @ Target Center, Minneapolis [2/2/08]

While the mainstream media seem to have missed it, presidential candidate Barack Obama received the all-important alt-country endorsement today at a ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Alt-country legends Golden Smog made the endorsement official with a performance at an Obama rally at the Target Center. Sometime-member Jeff Tweedy was even in attendance, which should be no surprise given that his other band, Wilco, have already played at least one Obama event in the Chicago area.

Stew correspondent Joel Bergstrom was on hand for the event and even managed to take some slightly over-exposed snapshots of the big event. Our thanks to Joel for letting us post a few pics here. If you're in the Mpls area, please return the favor and vote for Joel the next chance you get.

On a related topic, rumors of an impending freak-folk endorsement of Obama are still unconfirmed.

By the way, that's Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, who has a new solo album coming out on February 19th via Rykodisc. Go listen to 2 tracks from the album at Gary's MySpace page.


At 8:27 PM, Blogger shot in the arm said...

I saw a link for your blog on the Via Chicago forums for Wilco. I take it from your list you are also going to Wilco at the Riv on the 16th? Pretty exciting!! Anyway you should check out the forums if you haven't already its

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great pictures. How exciting to have been there. The guys look great, especially the ever well dressed Gary Louris.

At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Joel B said...

Sorry I didn't have my light meter with me . . . the photos were the best possible under the surprise conditions. Awesome to catch GS with Tweedy . . . quite a bonus when all I was hoping to see was our next President.

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Steve said...

No worries about the photos -- just happy to see them! Now I just wish there were a way for me to catch Golden Smog here on the East Coast.


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