Music News- Billy Bragg performed an impromptu show in Ferguson, MO on Tuesday (8/19). The British singer-songwriter was performing in nearby St Louis when he made the quick trip to the city, which has been in the headlines after the recent police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Speaking to entertainment mag, Rolling Stone, Bragg said: "A number of people said to me on Twitter, if you're going to go to St Lou, are you going to go to Ferguson? But we didn’t want to just go there and walk through Ferguson and be tourists. We wanted to do something for the community."
Bragg, along with Joe Purdy, played for an hour to 200 people in the courtyard of a pub called the Royale, owned by protester Steven Fitzpatrick Smith. During the set, Bragg played Woody Guthrie's 'Hangknot, Slipknot', civil rights song 'Cryin' In The Streets' as well as Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin''.