As Election Day approaches, many musicians are stepping up efforts to rally voters to the polls come November 4. The latest to vote with their instruments?Hip-hop luminaries the Beastie Boys, staunch Obama supporters who just unveiled a handful of "Get Out and Vote" shows.
"This election is too important to stay at home," the rap trio told Billboard.com. "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 geteveryone that you possibly can to get out and vote."
The mini-tour -- set to hit three swing states decisive to the election -- kicks off October 28 in Richmond, VA, and is followed by shows in St. Paul, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, Nov. 1-2, respectively. The shows will also feature performances by such artists as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Santogold, Ben Harper, and Tenacious D.
Beastie Boys' "Get Out and Vote" dates:
10/28, Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum) (w/ Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Santogold)
11/1, St. Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Auditorium) (w/ Ben Harper and Tenacious D)
11/2, Milwaukee, WI (U.S. Cellular Arena) (w/ Ben Harper, Crosby & Nash and Tenacious D)