Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver play Bernie Sanders campaign rallies: Watch

The indie rock outfits hit Iowa ahead of Monday's caucus

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Bon Iver, Bernie Sanders, and Vampire Weekend (photo by Heather Kaplan)

    Ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders teamed up with Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver for a pair of Get Out the Vote events.

    Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon took the stage at the Horizon Events Center in Clive on Friday night. He delivered a nine-song acoustic set that included Bon Iver favorites like “Flume”, “Blood Bank”, and “For Emma” in addition to covers of Bon Dylan and Leon Russell.

    Meanwhile, Vampire Weekend’s “Bernie Caucus Concert” took place at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday. Following a lively speech from Sanders, Ezra Koenig led his band through a 15-song set that kicked off with “Harmony Hall” and also included “Unbelivers”, “Sunflower”, “Diane Young”, and “2021”. To close the show, VW covered Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” before segueing into “A-Punk”.


    Watch footage from both concerts below.

    On February 10th, The Strokes will hit the campaign trail on behalf of Sanders as they’ll play a rally taking place at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire.

    Vampire Weekend Setlist:
    Harmony Hall
    Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
    This Life
    Married in a Gold Rush
    Walcott (short version)
    California English Pt. 2
    I Promise You (Ezra Koenig song) (live debut)
    Diane Young
    2021 (with a “once in a lifetime special sexy groove”)
    The Boys Are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy cover)


    Bon Iver Setlist:
    With God On Our Side (Bob Dylan Cover)
    Heavenly Father
    29 #Strafford APTS
    A Song For You (Leon Russell Cover)
    Blood Bank
    For Emma
    The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan Cover)