DENVER, 2:20 a.m. — On stage before a throng of sweaty youth, Representative Kendrick Meek of Florida pulled a microphone close to his mouth. He had already emphasized the importance of registering to vote. Now, he said, it was time to welcome “the Fall Out Boys.”

Close enough. The hundreds that filled the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for the Rock the Vote Ballot Bash did not seem to mind Meek’s flub.

I managed to secure a credential to “report” on the concert, which featured Jakob Dylan, N*E*R*D and Fall Out Boy. But I don’t know anything about music, regrettably, and thus have little to add as far as critical analysis. Photographs are after the jump.

Rock the Vote has already registered one million young people to vote this year alone, according to the organization. They hope to reach two million by Election Day.


This was a big deal.  Red carpet and everything!


Pharrell, the lead singer of N*E*R*D, on the red carpet


Daughtry (I think?) on the red carpet


Jakob Dylan performed first.


This is supposed to be a very famous DJ.  (I don’t get what the big deal is.  Hello, iTunes party shuffle?)


N*E*R*D performed next as several attendees waved signs distributed at the time of  Michelle Obama’s speech at the Pepsi Center earlier in the evening.


N*E*R*D was a hit.


Fall Out Boy was the final act.


Fall Out Boy again