Energized by the egregious RAVE Act, the electronic dance music community has become politicized. Rock the Vote is tapping into this February 5 in Los Angeles:
- Internationally acclaimed DJ and musician PAUL VAN DYK will headline the second annual DJs Rock the Vote show Thursday, February 5 at Avalon Hollywood (formerly The Palace) from 10 pm to 4 am as part of Rock the Vote's Grammy Week celebration that culminates in the 11th annual Rock the Vote Awards February 7. The event, held in association with BPM Magazine, will also feature live sets by Jerry Bonham and Dave Aude.
"We are very excited that Paul Van Dyk has donated his time and talents to this event, which in a short time has become a much-anticipated Rock the Vote tradition," said Rock the Vote president Jehmu Greene. "Paul's involvement is a great boost and compliment to Rock the Vote's ongoing efforts in reaching out to the millions of loyal electronic music fans. Last year's stifling 'RAVE Act' really demonstrated the political activism of the electronic music community and we are certain that members of this community will turn out in droves for the 2004 elections."
Adds Paul Van Dyk, who grew up under East Germany's communist regime, "I am very excited to be part of the Rock the Vote campaign 2004. Since I grew up behind the Iron Curtain I know what it is like to live without the option to vote. The freedom to make a choice is the basic principle of our democratic world. I hope through my involvement to encourage as many as possible to register to vote in the 2004 presidential election."
In addition, Rock the Vote will film a Public Service Announcement with Paul Van Dyk to inspire his fans to register to vote, get educated on the issues they care about and vote on Election Day.