Will the #I'mWithHer Hillary Clinton fans and #BernieOrBust Sanders loyalists ever be able to get together at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia?
If they do, they'll be doing a better job of uniting than the Black Eyed Peas, whose most prominent members will be playing at competing venues blocks away from each other at DNC connected events on Wednesday night. Wil.I.Am will lead lesser known band members apl.de.ap and Taboo at Rock the Vote’s Truth To Power closing night concert on Wednesday at the Fillmore.
Also on the bill: Los Angeles rapper Ty Dolla $ign. Will.I.Am is a longtime Democratic supporter who penned the 2008 “Yes We Can” anthem that became a Barack Obama campaign song.
Meanwhile, Fergie - the rapper-singer born Stacy Ann Feguson - is performing at the Electric Factory at the gala event presented by the Creative Coalition, the non-profit bipartisan entertainment industry lobby.
It was initially announced by Rock the Vote early on Tuesday that Fergie was playing with the Black Eyed Peas at the Fillmore, but that, it turns out, is incorrect. The four members of the band have not played together since 2010. They have not announced that they've broken up, but if they're playing two different parties in the same city on the same night, it doesn't look good.
The Creative Coalition gala is a private, invitation only event, like most at the DNC. But the Rock the Vote show is open to the public, and free. Until capacity is reached, gratis tickets can be had at the Truth To Power website, truthtopower.us. Note that though the event is officially called a "closing night" concert, it's happening Wednesday, the night before Hillary Clinton will accept the Democratic nomination at the Wells Fargo Center. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Truth To Power, Rock the Vote’s campaign “to energize and mobilize young people in the 2016 general election,” has been headquartered at a pop-up space at 990 Spring Garden Street since Monday morning, with DJs, acoustic acts, activist workshops and rooms full of attention-grabbing art by Michael Murphy, Shepard Fairey, Jim Marshall and others. Its Monday night opening party was headlined by Andra Day and Freeway.