Vampire Weekend played their first live show in nearly two years
Members of Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projects teamed up on Saturday night (January 30) to perform at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders.
Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend’s frontman, was joined by the band’s drummer Chris Thompson, Dirty Projector’s Dave Longstreth and a student a cappella group for the performance at the University of Iowa.
The group played two Vampire Weekend songs, ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’, ‘Unbelievers’, and a rendition of the Woody Guthrie standard ‘This Land is Your Land’ at the ‘Students for Bernie’ campaign event.
Among those who also appeared at the rally were LA indie pop group Foster the People, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, Iowa four-piece Awful Purdies, Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley, singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis, comedians the Lucas Brothers, and Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson.
Sanders stalwart Killer Mike was also set to perform but cancelled due to a loss in the family.
The presidential nomination process will begin tomorrow (February 1) when voting opens in Iowa.
“>Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij recently announced his departure from the New York band. Batmanglij was a founding member of the group, who formed in 2006 and have released three albums to date.
Watch Vampire Weekend’s performance below at the 46:15 mark, and the singalong of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ at the 1:24:00 mark.