Jan 23, 2009

Jon Langford, "The Newport man who played for Obama"

Jon Langford, a native of Newport who lives with his family in Chicago, a member of this site, posted a quiet link on his page and when I went to look at it, found that he was just in Washington, DC for President Barak Obama's inauguration and performed at an inaugural ball.

From the South Wales Argus:

"AS the United States' first black President was sworn in, a Newport-born man had a ringside seat to history being made.

"Musician and artist Jon Langford, 51, a founder member of the punk band The Mekons, had played at a Washington DC ball to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration the night before, and had a seat at the event being watched by millions of people around the world."

"Mr Langford performed six hours of country-punk with his current band the Waco Brothers in a sell-out event celebrating Obama's links with Chicago.

"'The concert was incredible and an illustration of how things are changing. I performed with blues singer David Honeyboy Edwards, who's 94. God knows what things were like when he was a kid,' said Mr Langford."

Read the rest of this really fantastic article and what Jon Langford says about the experience HERE.

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