Among the seemingly endless stream of horrific news continually emanating from our nation's capitol in the past month, one of the most disheartening was the executive order to push ahead with construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil pipe is set to be built through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's land without their consent, potentially endangering their water source.
Local artists have been fighting for the #NoDAPL cause for months via fundraising events and other artistic endeavors, and now big names are entering the fray. On Sunday, March 5, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard hosts a Standing Rock benefit concert at the Showbox. In addition to a Gibbard solo set, the night will feature readings from Sherman Alexie and a performance by singer-songwritter Naomi Wachira. Proceeds will be donated to the Water Protector Legal Collective, the on-the-ground legal team for the resistance camps in North Dakota.
In a statement, Gibbard laid out his reason for putting together the event:
"I arranged this benefit because I was appalled by Donald Trump's executive order to reinstate construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I believe water is more precious than oil and thoroughly support the right of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to defend both their land and sovereign treaty rights. All proceeds from this show will go to the Water Protector Legal Collective who continue to provide legal support for Native activists and their allies throughout this ongoing fight for justice."
Tickets for Ben Gibbard's Standing Rock benefit concert are $40 and go on sale this Wednesday, February 8 at 10am via AXS.com.
Ben Gibbard: Standing Rock Benefit
Mar 5, The Showbox, $40