Bernie Sanders-inspired music festival to take place in Calif. next week

Bernie Sanders-inspired music festival to take place in Calif. next week

A music festival inspired by Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is scheduled to take place in California next week.

Supporters of the Vermont senator will gather on April 21 and 22, ahead of the second weekend of the music & arts festival Cochella, for what they are calling “Berniechella”. According to the free event’s Facebook page, it will take place in Old Town Coachella, California.

A number of musicians and artists have endorsed Sanders and have performed in various events in support of his bid for the White House. Artists set to perform at the upcoming event include Edward Sharpe’s lead singer Alex Ebert, DJ Shepard Fairey and the band Ozomatli.

In California, Sanders is opposing front-runner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. A newly released poll suggested that the two competitors are in a virtual dead heat among California voters, particularly Latinos.

Mark DiCamillo, director of Field Research Poll, said, “Something unusual is going on in the Latino community. You’re seeing a reappraisal of Clinton vis-a-vis Sanders. Now it is up for grabs.”

Before next week’s event, Sanders’ supporters will gather at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Figueroa St. at 1 a.m. on coming Sunday for a rally, which will feature speakers and performances from Flower Punks, Valida and Vision. Organizers expect more than 5,000 people to participate in the rally.