Gin Blossoms in concert earlier this year.
Gin Blossoms in concert earlier this year.
Kelsee Becker

Van Buren to Hosting Election Eve Concert and Rally With Gin Blossoms

We’re just a few weeks away from what well may be the most important midterm elections in our lifetime. The stakes have never been higher for convincing folks to turn out on Tuesday, November 6. It's why every other billboard in town has been plastered with that very potent four-letter word – "VOTE" – and all your friends on social media have been constantly reminding everyone on their feeds to register (you did register, didn't you?).

The fine folks at The Van Buren want to get in on the democratic process, too. That’s why they’re putting together an ambitious evening of performances on Monday, November 5, the eve of Election Day, called Go Vote 2018: A Concert and Rally. Hometown heroes Gin Blossoms will be headlining the evening and fellow kings and queens of the AZ scene Calexico and Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra will also be bringing the noise along with Mariachi Pasion.

In addition to a handful of stirring sets by some of Arizona’s finest bands, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, will also be making an appearance at the rally. Proceeds from the show will benefit Giffords: Courage To Fight Gun Violence. If the prospects of hearing some great tunes and donating to a worthy cause aren’t already enticing enough reasons to come out, Chris Bianco will be making pizzas for the event.

Doors for the show open at 7 p.m., with the concert/rally kicking off in earnest at 8. Set times (subject to change) are as follows:

Mariachi Paison 8 p.m.
Calexico 8:30 p.m.
Gin Blossoms 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra 10:30 p.m.

Go Vote 2018: A Concert and Rally. With Gin Blossoms, Calexico, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, and Mariachi Paison. 8 p.m. Monday, November 5, at The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street; thevanburenphx.com. Tickets are $15 via Ticketweb. Free admission will be given to anyone wearing a volunteer shirt for an Arizona Democratic candidate.

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