Thursday, September 9, 2004
Four local bands, several political speakers and a chance to register to vote. It's a combination the organizers of "Party Party" hope will draw the politically apathetic out of their caves.
The stage opens at 2 p.m. Saturday with Cary Kamperschroer and stays occupied until 7 p.m.
It will be a chance to check in on the local music scene with sets from Gyrus, members of Buzzcut Sheep and Liquid.
But there's a man behind the curtain. The impetus for this event is to draw people into the voting booth, using free, live music as bait.
"In countries with developing democracies, 90 percent (of the population) turns out to vote," Party Party co-organizer Paulie Anderson said. "Yet, here, we get crappy turnout. It's harder to get people to access politics."
Anderson hopes that if he gets everyone corralled in one spot -- Slopeside Grill -- with a pen and a voter registration card, it will be a first step.
The second step will be getting them riled up to vote. During a set break, Anderson will be performing a spoken word piece titled "Power to the People."
"I think most people don't believe in the system," he said. "They have a belief that your vote doesn't make a difference."
The event is free and open to all ages. Anderson said he hopes that younger people will come even though they can't vote yet, just to absorb the information.
The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland and politicians from both parties will operate booths.
Despite the political leanings of the organizers -- The Local and the Steamboat Springs Peace and Justice Center -- they decided to keep this event bipartisan.
The logo for the event pictures a Democrat and a Republican sitting and sharing a toast.
"We are so divided right now as a nation that I don't want to see anymore mud slinging," Anderson said.
They did not, however, plan the event to fall on Sept. 11. It was supposed to be Sept. 12, but the opening games of football season had most venues booked.
"It wasn't intended, but given the political significance of the day, I think it's appropriate," Anderson said.
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