In July, the Obama Grassroots Committee rocked Fayetteville; and now, the Democratic Party’s Party will rock Festival Park on Friday, Aug. 15.
    The event designed to keep the excitement level high during the doldrums of the summer, will feature great music, food and fun, as well as provide information about the upcoming elections and give unregistered voters a chance to register to vote. “It’s about keeping people informed, involved and excited,” said Grainger Barrett.
    {mosimage}The event will mirror the Obama Jam in some ways, with Rahmeka Cox, Miss North Carolina Junior Teen, singing the National Anthem. Cox wowed the crowd during that event and is sure to entertain again. Also joining Cox for a repeat performance are Dan Speller and His Bluespell, which headlined the Obama Jam. Speller has long been a Fayetteville favorite and the mellow sounds of his blues will definitely get the audience excited. Speller, a retired Army noncommissioned officer, plays all around the region and the local area.
    A native of Flushing, N.Y., Speller has been playing music all of his life; he maintains it all started with the “beat of his mother’s heart.” He developed an interest in music while listening to his older brothers’ records and attempting to sing and play along with them in the ‘60s and ‘70s. He moved to the mountains of North Carolina at the age of 13, where he developed his musical craft, learning to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and the harp.
    In 1975, he joined the Army and spent some time seeing the world. That time was put to good use, acquiring musical inspiration from different countries and cultures. Upon retirement from the military in 1996, he committed all his time and energy to his music. His musical taste is as varied as his background — he likes blues, rock, jazz, country, beach, reggae, funk and classical. He is currently recording, composing and producing his own CD on his Bluespell record label. You’re definitely not going to want to miss his set at the jam. Joining Speller in the lineup is the gospel group Unbridled Praise and the rock group D.L. Token.
    In addition to the music, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Democratic and independent candidates for office. That’s part of the informed portion of the show. The candidates will be on hand to discuss issues and to hand out information about their campaigns. For the involved portion, attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer to work in various campaigns or register to vote if they are not registered already.
    The Party’s Party will begin at 6 p.m. and run through 8:30 p.m. Don’t worry about what you’ll have for dinner, as food vendors will be on hand throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. So come out and get informed, involved and excited at the Democratic Party’s Party.

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