[image-1]Charleston for Bernie Sanders 2016 announced yesterday that the organization will host a #SCforBernie Concert and Debate Watch Party this Sunday at 6 p.m. at Charleston Music Hall (37 John St.).

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local acts SUSTO, Benjamin Starr and the Very Hypnotic Soul Band, and INDIANOLA will perform, while local actor Steven Bishop will MC. Civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West will speak at the event.

After the music, Sanders supporters can rally together and watch the NBC News Democratic Primary Debate on the Hall’s big screen as it’s happening live down the street at the Gaillard Center.

Performing with the Very Hypnotic Soul Band, hip-hop artist Starr gave us some insight into why he’s chosen to stand behind Sanders for president. “Going into Barack Obama’s final year, I think it’s important to continue in the right direction,” Starr says. “Bernie appeals to me because of his progressiveness. Attempts to stifle freedoms, like with the voting rights act, or the issue of income equality are very serious issues, especially in black communities. These are things he champions, whether they are polling high or low.

“He seems very consistent in his record and genuine about his platform,” Starr adds. “I also respect the fact that he understands that serious engagement of black people about the issues we face, which also are American issues, is a necessity. Mass incarceration, police brutality, and criminal justice reform are a few of the many issues that I appreciate his direction and sense of urgency on. Growing up as a youth, black and below the poverty line in South Carolina, lots of these issues will always be very personal to me and are well-reflected in my musical efforts.”

SUSTO frontman Justin Osborne echoes Starr’s sentiments with his own endorsement. “Bernie is for the people — take a look at his recent photo with his campaign staff in Nevada,” he says. “Bernie supporters are all colors, shapes, and sizes. He’s the people’s candidate and the only person in the race whose authenticity is apparent at all times to anyone who takes the time to hear him out. He’s got my vote and has had it for a while now.”

Tickets to the concert and watch party are free, but you’ll need to reserve a seat by going here. For further updates, check out the Facebook event here. 

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