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.
Tickets for DJs Rock the Vote are $40 and are available through www.groovetickets.com.
ABOUT PAUL VAN DYK:
As a world renowned German producer and DJ, Paul Van Dyk creates a distinctive brand of electronic dance music that continually expands the horizons of an ever-growing music culture. Influenced by everything from The Smiths to ’90s club culture, the sound that he pioneered has now taken the world by storm through his colossal album releases and fiery DJ sets. His most recent album Reflections–featuring his hit singles “Nothing But You” and “Time Of Our Lives”–is out now on MUTE Records. More information can be found at www.paulvandyk.com.
ABOUT ROCK THE VOTE:
Founded in 1990 by leaders of the recording industry, Rock the Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and empowering young people to change their world. Rock the Vote works with music artists, actors and entertainment industry leaders to energize young people about participating in the political process. Rock the Vote’s national Community Street Team network engages thousands of young people as political activists in their community: organizing, educating, and registering voters at concerts, community festivals, campuses, coffee shops and street corners. Rock the Vote’s goal is to make young voters a key battleground in the 2004 elections. Rock the Vote is headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, D.C.