Exclusive: Raekwon to play free Rock The Vote concert at CU-Denver on ThursdayBy John Hendrickson | October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Veteran MC Raekwon will headline a Rock The Vote concert at the University of Colorado (Denver) on Thursday, Oct. 25, event organizers told Reverb on Monday afternoon.
The New York-bred rapper, known best for his early-’90s work with the Wu-Tang Clan, will headline the upcoming Denver stop of “Rock The Vote’s 2012 Road Trip,” a nonpartisan initiative aimed at registering young voters.
Thursday’s event at CU-Denver’s Tivoli Commons (9th Street and Auraria Parkway) will run from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., with no set time for the hip-hop performance as of press time. (We will update this post as those details become available.)
Among various sponsorships of the traveling event is the “Assassin’s Creed III” lounge, which will feature previews of the upcoming video game of the same name. The decision to include this aspect of the somewhat standardized traveling event during the Denver date is a questionable one, given local sensitivities to depictions of violence in the metro area as of late.
Similarly in question is the choice of Raekwon, himself, given the gangsta rap nature of his music. Raekwon’s big break came on Wu-Tang’s 1993 critically-acclaimed debut “Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers),” with much of the lyrical content built around hardcore violence.
With two weeks left in the 2012 presidential race and early voting already underway in Colorado, we’re expecting to see more special events targeting young voters up and down the front range.