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Does Mark Udall rock? Unless he's been hiding a secret AC/DC fetish from his constituents, it's doubtful. Nonetheless, the Democratic congressman from Boulder is scheduled to be on hand for Revolution Rockfest '04, a multi-act fundraiser on Thursday, September 16, at the Gothic Theatre. Sponsored by Wake Up Colorado, which describes itself on its website ( as "a non-profit small donor committee dedicated to making a big difference in the November election," the event showcases an eclectic lineup. Singer-songwriter Wendy Woo and fortywatt (pictured), a Boulder quartet with a debut CD due next month, top a bill that also features speaker Jeff Campbell, who heads the Colorado Hip-Hop coalition, the Freak Street Project and the vividly monikered White Girl Lust. The gig isn't exactly non-partisan; the goal of organizers is to "rock the Right right out of office." Then again, even conservatives might welcome the opportunity to see a liberal lawmaker share the stage with White Girl Lust. Alert the tabloids.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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