The last month has seen a shift in culture and politics — not just in the United States but on a global stage. There are many moving parts, some of which are clashing. Others are content to sit back and watch the chaos unfold. And then there is Zedd. Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, is an immigrant from Germany that has dominated the charts with tracks like “Clarity,” “Stay The Night,” and “Spectrum.” He’s toured the world and now he is giving back through a concert he has organized to raise funds for the ACLU Nationwide. Zedd made the announcement today on his Facebook.
Zedd reached out to colleagues in the industry, on short notice, and in 24 hours has amassed what already looks like a star-studded lineup. The Phase 1 lineup includes Daya, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore, Skrillex, Incubus, Halsey, Tinashe, and Zedd himself. Every artist on the bill is expected to perform up to 30 minutes. What each artist does is up to that artist, according to Zedd, but the common goal will be to help in this great time of need.
On Friday January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed executive orders that halts the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States indefinitely and prevents admission of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) for the next 90 days. The order also refuses entry to any refugee that is waiting to resettle in the United States for the next 120 days. Protests and demonstrations erupted at airports and lawsuits have been filed as a result of the orders.
Back in February of 2016, Zedd posted on Twitter that if Donald Trump became president, he would move back to Germany. Leaving the country is understandable, given the political climate and questionable direction of the United States, but Zedd has chosen to do something with his influence. Next Thursday on February 9th, more information is expected and tickets will go on sale.
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