The rap trio gets politically active and goes on tour to remind voters that they are licensed to vote

Last weekend, Jay-Z performed shows in Detroit in an effort to promote voter registration [click to read]. Now, the Beastie Boys have joined the ranks of artists who have utilized their talents to encourage others to be politically active.

To push swing state voters to the ballot polls in November, the Beasties are launching a tour called Get Out and Vote.

This election is too important to stay home,” the group said Friday. “We hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.”

The Beastie Boys plan to bring along other acts including Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Tenacious D. The group has also confirmed their support for Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We are very excited about Obama. Hope you all feel the same.

The Get Out and Vote Tour schedule is as follws:

10/28 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum

11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium

11/2 – Milwaukee, WI @ U.S. Cellular Arena

Reported by Salima Koroma.