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Craig Wedren

Craig Wedren helped put together this "Get Up And Vote" show at Bowery Ballroom on February 4th. All his friends from Stella will be there, his former bandmate Nathan Larson, Nathan's wife Nina Persson, Joan as Policewoman, AND: OK GO (of YouTube fame) are headlining. More details below..... presents: "Barack Rock" Hosted by Stella: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain OK GO Craig Wedren (of Shudder to Think) Nathan Larson (of Shudder to Think) Nina Persson (of The Cardigans) Joan As Police Woman & other special guests


WHAT: A rare evening of outstanding music and comedy on the eve of the 2008 primary elections (aka ‘Super Tuesday,’ where over 20 states will most likely determine the two final Presidential candidates).

WHEN/WHERE: February 4th, 2008, Bowery Ballroom, NYC

WHO: The show will be hosted by the comedy group “Stella” with David Wain, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. Musical guests include: OkGo, Craig Wedren, Nathan Larson and Nina Persson, plus other surprise guests.

WHY: To remind young voters to get up and VOTE the next day in the Presidential primary elections, and, specifically, to vote for Barack Obama who, in our opinion, is the only viable and honest candidate that represents actual, meaningful change for our country in this time of acute political, social, and economic decline, as well as lost international standing. College-aged Americans are, historically, a lazy voting block. But they are also huge in number, and could turn the tide of the 2008 elections if they show up at the polls and vote on primary day, as well as in November for the national elections. More than any other candidate, Obama has been inspiring a spark of real interest and hope among this traditionally apathetic crew, and it is our goal to help fan the flames of action as far and wide as possible.

HOW: The event will be a straight concert, not a rally or a fundraiser. It will be neither preachy nor didactic (no banners or platitudes), but a clear, inspiring reminder for viewers and listeners to get off their asses and vote. We will be using new –as well as traditional- media outlets (blogs, podcasts, online social networks, websites, magazines, newspapers, etc.) to publicize and broadcast the show and it’s message to as many young voters as possible. If you can help us by donating time, ideas, services, artists, etc., just leave a message for us here.

Change what’s going on in your country (and in the world) by voting, not just in the November Presidential elections, but in the primaries on ‘Super Tuesday’, Feb. 5, 2008, which will determine the final two Presidential candidates. Have a say in who runs. Don’t be lazy. Register NOW at –the cutoff dates for voting in the all-important primaries are VERY soon.

Determine who rules: vote.

Thank you!
Craig Wedren, Meggan Lennon, and everybody at getupandvote

Tickets are not on sale yet.



Comments (22) always interested in getting political advice from mediocre bands.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 11:42 AM

will there be treadmills?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 11:46 AM

Get up and raise my taxes!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 11:47 AM

Don't blame me, I'm voting for Krodos.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 12:06 PM

...Especially for mediocre politicians, all style and no substance.

I would say, stay home from the primaries, don't encourage them. (I did pull a lever for Kucinich in 2004 and later I voted for Nader...but really, what's the point?) As a mediocre band named Chumbawamba once said, "Never mind the ballots."

Posted by RS | January 10, 2008 12:12 PM

I'm waiting for the Tancredo show at Silent Barn.

Posted by GOPster | January 10, 2008 12:18 PM

gopster, i lol'ed on that one.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 12:31 PM

@Anon 11:42 - Is political advice from non-mediocre bands any better?

You don't ask a painter advice on law, so... Anyway, yeah for sarcasm or whatever.

This is all sily shit, but Barack is the right man for America.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 12:36 PM

suck my Right ball, GOPster

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 12:36 PM

Each of bands should be required to cover 'The Rising' and that new U2 song that all of the candidates plays at their rallies.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:08 PM

Let's please keep the political bullshit down to a minimum lest this site be ruined for the next 9 months.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:19 PM

RS, you're doing us a favor by staying home and not voting. Your two votes helped put GW in the White House.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:19 PM

The Michaels and David haven't preformed together as Stella for a while now. That is the main reason to go to this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:24 PM

dude, have an open mind for once and think for yrself. when did being liberal become so closed minded?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 1:55 PM

"RS, you're doing us a favor by staying home and not voting. Your two votes helped put GW in the White House."

I don't think that argument even works for 2000 (when I actually did stay home from the polls - though I was more politically active that year than during any other year in my life). It works even less for 2004...especially for someone living and voting in New York City, which went overwhelmingly for Kerry, who ended up losing anyway in a campaign so lame, the Democrats couldn't even try to pin their loss on Nader this time.

Posted by RS | January 10, 2008 2:17 PM

i like stella, i just don't give a shit about their political point of view(calm down, they're probably not going to be political and i don't give a shit about the other performances that are happening at "get up and vote" show. i liked the 'vote or die" slogan that diddy did 4 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2008 5:23 PM

deadline to register in ny is TOMORROW!

Posted by binary | January 10, 2008 7:14 PM

Re: The 2004 presidential election

Ohio in 2004 was what Florida was in 2000, except Kerry didn't press the issue in the courts, possibly because he feared it would stir up resentment that might affect the success of a run in 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2008 8:44 AM

I thought Barack Obama was black, he looks white in that picture.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2008 12:11 PM

uh, tickets is on sale now, yo.

Posted by quarterempty | January 12, 2008 6:58 AM

so . . .does anyone know any good comprehensive sites on the differences between clinton and obama? I don't want a table like this:

with highly uninformative terms for categories like "healthcare" or "climate change". I want an essay written by a knowledgeable, unbiased person. Too much to ask?? I want to vote this year.

Posted by help | February 4, 2008 4:32 PM

This is such a nice addition thanks

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2011 5:58 AM

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