Killer Mike and Vampire Weekend to Perform at Bernie Sanders Rally in Iowa


Vampire Weekend and Killer Mike will headline a music-heavy Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa City Saturday.

The “Students for Bernie” rally at the University of Iowa will also feature performances from Foster The People, Jill Sobule, Awful Purdies, Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis.

The rally will be Vampire Weekend’s first performance since the band announced founding member Rostam Batmanglij left the group. According to Pitchfork, Batmanglij said yesterday he would continue to collaborate with bandmate Ezra Koenig, though he would also pursue other projects.

Killer Mike’s performance will follow a week of publicly defending Sanders, after Ta-Nehisi Coates criticized the Vermont Senator’s public lack of support for slavery reparations. Mike, a staunch Sanders supporter, said he is in favor of reparations but believes Sanders should not be judged more severely than other candidates, who have not even addressed the issue.

The concert is free and open to the public, so if you’re going to be in Iowa City Saturday and want to swing by, you can RSVP here.