Beastie Boys have announced that they will be doing several shows for Rock the Vote in the coming weeks. Rock the Vote is an organization that focuses on getting young people involved in the voting process to achieve progressive change in the United States (i.e., kick some ass).
In their official e-newsletter, Beastie Boys explain their involvement in these shows:
this election is too important, too much is at stake to stay at home. we hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.
Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Crosby & Nash, Santogold, and Tenacious D will also be performing at these shows. (Check specific shows for exact line-up; it will vary by city.)
So far, Beastie Boys have announced their involvement in three shows, with more to follow.
October 28 - Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, Virginia [Tickets on sale October 11]
November 1 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - St. Paul, Minnesota [Ticket info to follow]
November 2 - US Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, Wisconsin [Tickets on sale October 11]
Please note that the ticket links above have changed. Also, the shows are being billed as "Get Out and Vote '08," not "Rock the Vote" -- so use that search criteria at Ticketmaster.com.