The worlds of politics and entertainment are no strangers to each other. Bruce Springsteen stumping for President Obama comes to mind immediately, and former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder entertained at the Republican National Convention this summer. Princeton’s “Rock the Vote” event, on Hinds Plaza this Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m., will feature local talent, with appearances by Jed Steadson & The Kumas, Chris Harford and his Band of Changes, John Witherspoon Middle School student Ben James, and Impact Winter.
In this instance the performers, like the event organizers, will be non-partisan. “It’s designed to get people engaged in the political process, and to increase voter participation, and local activism,” said Ken Soufl, who is coordinating the event with Bainy Suri. Both are local residents.
Cosponsors to date include the Princeton Public Library, the League of Women Voters, Liz Lempert for Mayor, Woodbridge 4 Mayor, Princeton Community Democratic Organization, and the Record Exchange.
Although it’s too late to register to vote this November, Mr. Soufl said that the point of “Rock the Vote” goes way beyond the presidential election. “It’s about becoming active members in the community,” he observed. “This is an independent event; we’ve reached out to both parties, and many of the businesses and organizations we approached were very happy to be a part of this.”
Mr. Soufl reported that Romney campaign representatives said that they were happy to be invited, but chose not to set up a table on Saturday.
Small World will be serving coffee, and Mr. Soufl encourages “anyone at any age who enjoys live music who wants to be part of the community” to come out for the event.
In case of rain, “Rock the Vote” will be moved inside the Princeton Public Library.
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