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Change Rocks

Benefit Concerts and Rallies for Sen. Barack Obama
10/04/08 Ben Franklin Parkway (Philadelphia, PA) – Bruce Springsteen Unplugged
10/04/08 Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) – Vampire Weekend
10/07/08 Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY) – “Barack Rock” featuring Andrew Bird / Eugene Mirman / The Fiery Furnaces / Kumail Nanjiani / Alina Simone / Heather Lawless / Guster / Lizz Winstead / Martin Bisi / John Roberts / Adira Amram / Special Secret Musical Guests
10/16/08 Fountain Square (Cincinatti, OH) – The National / The Breeders
10/16/08 Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY) – “Change Rocks” featuring Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & Friends

Here’s a little more about this weekend’s Springsteen concert from Pitchfork:

Springsteen will perform an unplugged set on Ben Franklin Parkway between 20th and 22nd Streets in an effort to get Democrats good and registered before the hotly contested swing state’s Monday registration deadline. The show is free, but tens of thousands are expected to show up– it’s a free Bruce show a hop, skip, and a jump away from Jersey, after all– and the Obama folks encourage interested concertgoers to sign up to volunteer at various Eastern Pennsylvania Obama headquarters in order to get access to “the best viewing area.” [Pitchfork]

In addition to the events mentioned above, there is another Barack Obama benefit happening on October 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA which will include performances by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti.

* This post was updated substantially after I initially published it. (Thanks SIHF)