The Lumineers will play a show in Iowa this month to raise money for two groups that support Standing Rock protesters.
The collective describes itself as an "on-the-ground" team of legal experts to offer support, criminal defense, advocacy, and other services to demonstrators who were protesting the construction of a crude oil pipeline. The group says 800-plus people are facing criminal charges (some misdemeanors, some felonies).
And Unicorn Riot is the website that's turned into the go-to space for video streaming of public demonstrations.
"As the tides of movements surge and recede, activists on the front lines continue to face arrest and lengthy legal battles," the Lumineers said in a statement. "Movements evolve and mainstream press coverage wanes, but many of the scars and legal fees remain."
The band says, by supporting the collective, it hopes to "get all water protectors back to the front lines" to continue fighting for water quality. They also want Unicorn Riot to keep providing the "non-commercialized independent perspective" that they provided during the Standing Rock protests.
The band slid the new date into its current U.S. tour, which has a show in Des Moines on March 24, Milwaukee March 25, then Winnipeg March 28. (There were up in Minnesota back in January.)
Tickets for the Water Protectors At Standing Rock benefit show at Sioux City's Orpheum Theatre go on sale March 11 at noon. Tour mates Susto will also perform. The price is listed at $59.50 – buy tickets here.
Work to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline is currently underway.