Here's a familiar story: Conservative candidate plays a rock song at a rally, liberal artist complains. Ronny Reagan and Bruce Springsteen. Mike Huckabee and Boston. Michele Bachmann and Tom Petty.
Ron Paul, on the other hand, has a handful of diehard musician fans that are willing to travel and perform across the country to join the "Ron Paul Revolution." The GOP presidential candidate has said that a revolution requires two things: young people and music. Tonight, Jordan Page, Golden State and locals Captain Squeegee (who are dedicated supporters of Paul) will deliver on both.
After tonight's GOP debate at Mesa Arts Center, Paul supporters will head two blocks away to New Life Bible Church, where the candidate will speak and the artists will perform, starting with Jordan Page at 8 p.m., directly before Paul's 8:30 p.m. speech.
Paul's boosters aren't wishy-washy in their beliefs; in fact, they border on obsessive.
Singer-songwriter Page has been clear about his alignments with Paul, releasing a song called "Light of the Revolution" in October, which utilizes folk rock attitude to convey Paul's messages in the vein of Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. Page has gained quite a bit of steam on the East Coast in recent years, selling out clubs and spreading his word, but he took to the road for Paul's campaign, including recent appearances at Libertyfest in New York City and The Restoring Freedom Rally in Washington. Page's trip to Mesa is entirely self-funded and he's asking local Paul supporters to donate to help cover the costs of travel.
Golden State is best known for their Ron Paul-promoting song, "Bombs," in which lead singer James Grundler uses Bono-esque flair to suggest that political change in America is possible. The song is subtle. The video is not.
Perhaps what hits closest to home, though, are Captain Squeegee's Ron Paul-promoting videos over the last few months, like this one, in which lead singer and Danny Torgersen outlines a master plan to get people to register Republican to vote for Paul. Torgersen isn't one to shy away from his unconventional beliefs. He contributed his vocals to the conspiracy-rich "9/11 Dubstep Song," which commands the listener to question the terror events of September 11, 2001.
So really, you have a dash of zany and a dash of real activism - a true nutshell account of Ron Paul's (and every other candidate's) campaign.
The after party event is free and open to the public.