Are you one of the roughly 6,000 people currently living or working in the United States’ most notorious extrajudicial prison complex and naval base? Do you fucking love Ludacris? Then it’s your lucky day, friend. Because on July 4th, Ludacris will be playing Gitmo, live and in person for one night only.
The base notified residents this weekend of the main event of the no-charge “Freedom Festival” at Guantánamo’s Windward Ferry Landing. It starts with activities for families at 6 p.m., the traditional fireworks show at 9 p.m. and the three-time Grammy winner at 10 o’clock.
The venue is essentially a parking lot along the bay. It’s miles from the closed Detention Center Zone, far enough away so the music won’t reach the seafront prison camps.
This is apparently a big step up from last year’s Fourth of July act, The Plain White Ts, as “residents couldn’t recall a show of this magnitude since Jimmy Buffett played the open-air Lyceum movie theater in December 2002.” Which sound depressing, sure, if not quite as depressing as it is to be held for years in a torture-happy prison camp without due process.
In 2003, Ludacris’ hit single “Stand Up” off album Chicken-n-Beer topped the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire week.