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Friday, November 4, 2016

Report: Beyonce Will Join Jay-Z at Tonight's Hillary Clinton Concert in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

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Update: There aren't many people who could join the lineup at tonight's Jay-Z concert who would take top billing over Hova and Hillary Clinton. One of those people, of course, would be Jay-Z's wife. And according to a (very loosely sourced) report from CBS, Beyonce will in fact be part of the show tonight at the Wolstein Center.

Beyoncé will join Jay Z on Friday in Ohio at a get-out-the-vote concert for Hillary Clinton, a source who overheard the news told CBS News.

Clinton will be joined by the music superstars at a rally at Cleveland State University heading into the final weekend before Election Day. The Clinton campaign is making an aggressive push to urge Ohioans to vote early.


(Updated 11/1/16): Hillary Clinton will make an appearance this Friday evening at the free Jay-Z show at the Wolstein Center at CSU. Tickets were issued through the campaign over the weekend. Doors open at 6. Show starts at 8. 

We're guessing she won't be the only semi-surprise guest.


(Updated 10/27/16): Want tickets to Jay-Z's get-out-the-vote/Hillary Clinton concert on November 4? Here's how to get them. Click the link above and enter in your info. Then pick up your ticket this weekend.

Starting Friday, tickets will be distributed at the below location from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

3030 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

On Saturday, tickets will be available from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
On Sunday, tickets will be available from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 


(Updated 10/25/16): Buzzfeed News has a few more details on the Jay-Z show. It'll be on November 4th.

On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign officially announced the concert would be held in Cleveland on Nov. 4, just four days before the election.

“Jay Z will be joined at the concert by special guests to encourage unity and urge Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on Election Day,” the Clinton camp said in a statement.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis from Friday.
We assume they mean on Friday, but we'll update when that clarification is made.


(Original story 10/24/16): Jay-Z will perform in Cleveland at a concert aimed at getting out the vote among young African Americans and in support of Hillary Clinton, a Clinton aide told various news outlets today.

Hova's been down this road before — on the eve of the last presidential election, Jay-Z partnered up with Bruce Springsteen for an Obama event in Columbus that drew 15,000. He, along with LeBron, also headlined an Obama rally at the Woltein Center four years before that. (One would assume King James will probably make an appearance at this one too.)

That's all good news. The bad news, for now: no details have been announced yet.

Via Buzzfeed News:

The concert — perhaps the centerpiece of the “closing argument” strategy built to turn out this group — would be a major coup for the Clinton campaign, which has struggled to excite young black voters. It’s a key part of the coalition they need to build to defeat Trump in several battleground states, but especially Ohio where she has trailed more consistently than in most swing states. High turnout among younger voters of color would make it virtually impossible for Trump to win.

Senior Democrats, meanwhile, have signaled publicly that Clinton has indicated staff should do whatever it takes to turn out young black voters and the concert is viewed as one of the last major voter mobilization moves the campaign will make before election day.

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