Unless you have been in a deep sleep on some remote island all year, you know that this year’s presidential election is probably the most significant one any of us will ever see in our lifetime.
On Nov. 4, election day, 527 Main Street is hosting an election party unlike any other. This bipartisan event will literally “rock the vote,” with performances by The Compromise, The Four Kicks, Hello Spencer and Upside of Envy.
“We got full permission and rights to use the MTV Rock the Vote logo and slogan,” says Bill Robison, who initially concocted the idea for the event with the band The Compromise.
Robison, publicist for The Compromise and owner of BladeHouse Public Relations, explains, “This will not be just another concert at a bar.”
Josh Qualls, manger of 527 Main Street, says “There will be live election coverage and the doors will open at 6 p.m.”
Qualls tells me general admission is $7. But, if you bring proof that you voted (you usually get a sticker that says “I Voted”), the cover is only $5. Also, if you bring at least two canned goods, it’s $5. Do both and get in the door for $4.
Brandon Bell of The Compromise insists, “The whole band is very politically active, and when we were brainstorming about the event, we wanted it to be something that would get young voters involved.”
Bell says it is also important that the event is bipartisan because “it is not about who you are voting for. It is about using your voice and right to vote.”
Bassist for The Compromise Adam Inman says, “This election is important to me personally because I sought out the candidates and wanted to vote based on my own opinions rather than just those of my parents. I was only 19 when I voted in the last election, and I don’t think I realized how important voting is and the huge power we have as voters.”
Dave Bartholomew, manager of Hello Spencer, observes, “We all feel a youthful presence in this election, and this event is going to build on that foundation to promote momentum and awareness.”
Hello Spencer requested that the event also incorporate the food drive.
“All the canned goods collected will go to the Harvest Food Bank, so it’s for a good cause,” adds Hello Spencer’s guitarist Jim Watson.
Jordan Bartlett of Hello Spencer thinks the event is significant because not only will it be “a good time, the election results will be streaming live and it is an opportunity to help people with the food drive.”
Qualls adds that the Miller Lite Girls, Red Bull Girls, and Jack Daniels Girls will all be at the party and will have giveaways throughout the night.
According to Qualls and Robison, the bar will have $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers, penny pitchers of draft beer and 50-cent well drinks at certain times throughout the duration of the event.
Robison also mentions that Tiffany Wade from the television show “Beauty and the Geek” will be the night’s emcee.
Inman insists, “We took some time and got what we consider to be premiere bands, so the musical part of the show is going to be amazing.”
Adam Stark of The Four Kicks emphasizes, “This is an important time, and people should make a decision, speak their mind and vote. We are excited to be a part of Rock the Vote and to share the stage with the other bands.”
Robison concludes, “There will be four bands that bring their own unique sound, so there will definitely be something for everyone.”
The show will close with the election results.
If you don’t want to sit at home on this historic night, 527 is where it’s at. Go vote and go rock. And, don’t forget to bring your canned goods.