Political campaigning has found its way to the dance floor.
One of Brooklyn's newest venues, Good Room, is hosting a fundraiser for Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders this Thursday. They're calling the event "Berning Down The House," a pun on a Talking Heads classic from their 1983 album Speaking in Tongues.
The event's Facebook invite says the fundraiser "will bring together a variety of artists, musicians, and advocates who all believe that Bernie Sanders' campaign represents real change in America; a departure from a society and government controlled by the financial elite." On hand will be official petitions to get Sanders on the New York ballot, "Bernie-themed merchandise," and voter registration forms.
The event follows a number of recent Bernie Sanders benefits in New York. In October, Ridgewood venue Trans Pecos held an event featuring sets from Jersey club artist UNiiQU3 and Milwaukee producer WebsterX, while earlier this January there was a two-night fundraiser at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, featuring American musician Cass McCombs, Brooklynite Frankie Cosmos, and New York DJ Tommie Sunshine.
Entry to Thursday's event will be $10, with all funds raised going toward Sanders' campaign. Explaining their specific motivations for putting on the fundraiser, Good Room has offered the following: "Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is 100% funded by individuals and labor unions," they write. "To date, he has earned the most individual campaign donations of any presidential candidate in history. However, because his average campaign donation is approximately $25, the Sanders campaign needs all the help it can get to stay competitive in an election otherwise funded by some of the wealthiest individuals in the nation."
Political organizers' move to take the campaign to the club notably comes at a time when millennials have replaced baby boomers as the biggest generation in the electorate, finding both parties clamoring for their attention. Considering these circumstances, it's not surprising that they would want to fundraise in a location that predominantly serves young people.
Alex Koroknay-Palicz, of the National Youth Rights Association, weighed in over the phone with THUMP: "I think [clubs getting involved in the political dialogue] certainly can help get young people more involved in politics, and connect with them in a way that doing an event at the fire station, the VFW, the Rotary Club, or the Elk Lodge might not."
You can see the lineup of featured DJs below, which is set to include more names TBA. Good Room's address is 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222, and doors will open at 8pm. See the Facebook event page here, and read more about Sanders' platform here.
Nancy Whang (The Juan MacLean, LCD Soundsystem)
Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab, William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb! Band)
Mike Terra b2b Dave Turk
Zachery Allan Starkey
Deadontheinternet b2b Adakazaam
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