Daily Kos and Rock the Vote To Host Netroots Nation Finale Party

WHO: Daily Kos & Rock the Vote, with comedian Elon James White and Reprise Records artists Nikki & Rich and American Bang

WHAT: Netroots Nation Finale Party

WHEN: Saturday, July 24 from 9 PM until Midnight

WHERE: House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay

Daily Kos and Rock the Vote will close three days of political discourse among the nation’s top bloggers at Netroots Nation by co-hosting a finale party at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 24, featuring performances by Nikki & Rich and American Bang.

The finale party takes place at the country’s most respected conference for the blogging community during a time when digital media is changing the face of politics and will play an influential role in November’s midterm elections.

“Like Rock the Vote, the netroots community has long strived to make political engagement fun and culturally relevant,” said Markos Moulitsas, publisher of Daily Kos. “What better way to recharge from getting people involved in the political process than to party the last night of the conference away?”

The finale party will provide entertainment for the convention’s attendees. Complimentary beer and wine will be served from 9 to 11 PM. Comedian Elon James White, creator of “This Week in Blackness,” will emcee the night while chart-climbers American Bang and Nikki & Rich will provide live music performances.

“The concert will bring together great musicians, digital activists, and youth leaders who will be celebrating in style as we collaborate and prepare for the midterm elections,” says Rock the Vote President Heather Smith. This year Rock the Vote is running the largest midterm election voter registration and get-out-the-vote drive in the organization’s 20-year history.

The night’s musical guests are heating up this summer’s music scene. American Bang’s self-titled debut album releases on August 31st and shoots straight at the heart of great American rock’n’roll. Nikki & Rich have also been making a scene after the NY Post titled them as “one of the 10 musicians to watch in 2010.” They have performed on Ellen and their music has been featured in shows like Entourage and movies like Killers starring Ashton Kutcher.

Both bands have been Rock the Vote ‘featured artists’ and share a similar dedication towards civic engagement.

Singer Nikki of Nikki & Rich says, “As a woman I feel strongly about the obligation in my heart to exercise my right to vote. Many before me have fought for this right and I value the opportunity to have a voice and make a difference.”

Attendees must show Netroots Nation credentials upon entry to the Finale Party. Doors open at 9 PM and space is limited so guests are advised to arrive early.

About Netroots Nation – www.netrootsnation.org
Netroots Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. Through our annual convention and a series of regional salons held throughout the year, we strengthen our community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change in the public sphere.

About Daily Kos – www.dailykos.com
Daily Kos is the premier online political community with 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 250,000 registered users. It is at once a news organization, community, and activist hub. Among luminaries posting diaries on the site are President Jimmy Carter, Senator Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other senators, congressmen, and governors. Even more exciting than that however, are the hundreds of thousands of regular Americans that have used Daily Kos to shape a political world once the exclusive domain of the rich, connected, and powerful.

About Rock the Vote – www.rockthevote.org
Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. We give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. Rock the Vote is creative, effective, and controlled by nobody’s agenda but our own. We tell it like it is and pride ourselves on being a trusted source for information on politics. We empower the 44 million young people in America who want to step up, claim their voice in the political process, and change the way politics is done.