Northern Colorado celebrates voting at first Rock the Vote concert

The marquee at the Downtown Artery, during the Rock The Vote event at the Downton Artery in Old Town Fort Collins Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Richard Haro Photography.

Shortly after the polls closed voters celebrated at the Downtown Artery on election day at a free concert with five bands. The evening was packed with performances from Emma Marie, the Catcalls, the Bardots, Fat Stallion and The Nightshades.

“It was great to see so many musicians supporting the message to get out and vote and then following up with a celebration,” said Blaine Howerton, organizer and Publisher of the New SCENE Magazine.

Local bandleader Dougie Anderson of The Bardots began polled his fellow musicians prior to the show as to who would join him in performing at a free concert to encourage young adults to register to vote.

Anderson, North Forty News and The New SCENE Magazine teamed up to search for a venue and discovered The Downtown Artery was thinking along similar lines planning a free event for Election Day. Collaboratively,  “Rock the Vote! / #I Voted!” was created along with other Election Day events going on nationwide.

With a stellar musical cast, this FREE concert of Northern Colorado musicians was a great endnote to a most important day — Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

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