The Chicks are among the musical acts set to perform during the Democratic National Convention, which will kick off on Aug. 17 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The convention will include live broadcasts and virtual appearances from celebrities, activists and politicians across the nation. The musical acts will most likely perform virtually.
"In just three days, we will kick off a Democratic Convention that will look and feel very different than past conventions," Stephanie Cutter, DNC's program executive, said in a statement. "It will truly be a convention across America, and these incredible artists will help us tell the story of where we are as a country today under Donald Trump's failed leadership, and the promise of what we can and should be with Joe Biden as president. These artists are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November."
In addition to The Chicks, John Legend, Common, Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges, Billy Porter, Jennifer Hudson, Maggie Rogers and Stephen Stills and more will perform over the four-day event. The convention will be broadcast every night (Aug. 17 - Aug. 20) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT.
"The performances -- ranging from renditions of the national anthem, to American classics, to new songs -- are expected to draw in new viewers who may not have tuned into conventions of previous years, ensuring the 2020 Democratic National Convention will engage more Americans than ever before," Democratic National Convention organizers said in an announcement. (Quote via Variety.)
The Chicks, who released their album Gaslighter in July, recently dropped the word "Dixie" from their name to avoid Civil War-era connotations. The Chicks were famously dropped from country music stations in 2003 after band member Natalie Maines criticized then-president George W. Bush, saying we're "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The trio has long been outspoken about their beliefs and values. Most recently, the band voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement with the video for their song "March, March."