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Newsom to party with teh kidz in Denver

Just got a news release announcing that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, now exploring a 2010 gubernatorial bid, will host an outdoor concert next Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver “to celebrate the historic participation of young Americans in this year’s election and in support of the candidacy of Barack Obama for President.”

Unconventional ’08” aims to honor the College Democrats of America, Generation Obama, Students for Barack Obama, Young Democrats of America, Young Voter PAC and other organizations, the release says. The “all-star line-up of indie rock artists” includes Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cold War Kids, Silversun Pickups, Nada Surf and DJ Z-Trip; members of Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley and She and Him; a special appearance by comedienne/actress Sarah Silverman and other surprise guests. The decidedly less hip sponsors include MoveOn.org, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, AT&T and Pacific Gas & Electric.

The Gavin saith:

“One of the defining dynamics of 2008 has been the emerging wave of new, young voters getting involved and storming the gates of the traditional political establishment. They are a key to this election and Senator Obama is energizing this new generation of voters in a way never seen before. Our Party and our politics are better for their participation and I look forward to hosting this extraordinary event on their behalf.”

And boy, oh boy, it’s never too early to start nailing down that young, progressive demographic, is it? As if Jerry Brown would even know Cold War Kids, anyway.

(Why’d I use the zero-g Gavin photo again? Because I can, that’s why.)

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.