Local artists to hold rally for voting

By Amanda Wallace

Kentucky musicians will launch their own grassroots campaign on Saturday to get young adults out to the polls.

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Webb and southern alternative rap group Nappy Roots will headline a Voter Registration Rally at Fox Run Estate in Shelbyville, Ky. The rally was arranged by StandForAll.org, which aims “to bring youth together and raise awareness of issues affecting people today,” to help promote voting in the upcoming election.

“Every four years the election comes up and it is very important, but (this election) we really feel like there are a lot of issues, whatever candidate you’re voting for, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat,” Webb said. “The youth need to educate themselves on that subject, register to vote, and hopefully pay more attention.”

The 24-hour event will begin Saturday at 3 p.m., and camping and tents will be allowed with purchase of a ticket. During the day, a DJ and local bands will play and the main performances will take place later with Webb and Nappy Roots.

The event is bi-partisan, and though Webb and Nappy Roots have candidates they are planning to vote for, they aren’t bringing their personal political opinions with them.

“We’re not going to push a candidate on people,” Webb said.

UK College Republicans and College Democrats will be at the event and will encourage people to think about the November election and to continue being politically active after the election, said College Republicans president Jacob Sims.

Organizers expect the event to draw in several thousand college students because it is held between the UK and University of Louisville campuses, Webb said.

“It’s basically a grass roots effort by a bunch of people who do a bunch of different things and we got together and said let’s try and make this happen,” Webb said.

While the event is massive, it’s not for profit, and the revenue from ticket sales will go towards event costs, Webb said.

General admission tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster’s Web site, (www.ticketmaster.com) for $10 or may be purchased at the show.

Fox Run Estate is located at 1441 Fox Run Rd. in Shelbyville.