Denver presidential debate to feature Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Zach Heckendorf - Reverb

Denver presidential debate to feature Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Zach Heckendorf

When we first found out that the University of Denver would host the very first presidential debate on Oct. 3, we knew Denver would make a party – or three – out of the big event.

Sure enough, Obama and Romney won’t be the only big attractions. The University of Denver is hosting DebateFest on the 3rd from 3-9 p.m. on Carnagie Green – in the center of campus off University Boulevard between Evans Avenue and Warren Circle. And the all-local line-up presents a dream team of local pop-folk music.

FM radio favorites the Lumineers will play the show with Denver hero Nathaniel Rateliff, making for a potent blast of the best pop-rooted folk music the region has to offer. Denver singer-songwriter Zach Heckendorf will open the show. After the music and festivities – including food trucks, bike valets and an Issues Alley full of informative exhibitors – the big event, Obama-vs.-Romney, will be telecast live on the Green.

The hitch: The event is already at capacity. The university took registrations from students, faculty, alumni and friends, and they’ve already closed it off – and without registration, there is no admission. But this isn’t the first debate-themed party to be announced, and it won’t be the last.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.