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Inauguration kicks off in Vegas with a local music marathon

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Starting with last October’s presidential debate party, the Canvas Café in the Silverado Ranch neighborhood has quickly become the politically minded coffee drinker’s café of choice. Canvas Café offers tasty coffeehouse fare like paninis, wraps, espresso and wine with a side of political discourse, if you like.

Don't be surprised if a Pan de Sal start singing in Tagalog or Portuguese, blowing on a didgeridoo or even hand you a set of maracas so you can participate in the communal musical celebration.

The Skooners

In honor of tomorrow’s historical inauguration of Barack Obama, Canvas Café will be throwing a pre-Inauguration Day bash with a slew of local bands on the ticket. Pan de Sal will be performing their first show in three months and local ska/reggae band, One Pin Short, will be playing their first Las Vegas show since returning from a tour with Reel Big Fish. Also on tonight’s bill are alt-rockers The Skooners, electronica solo artists Ex-Dinosaur and Chimo25, The Petals, Scream, Okword & Biggs, Mob Zombie, Donner’s Party and reggae artist High Dro. Poet Amir Rikkah will also be performing spoken word.

The free event starts at 5 p.m. and will go until everyone has had a chance to perform. In addition to live music, the café will also be offering $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons, $3 Fat Tires and $4 Newcastles all night. For $20, you can go the all-you-can-drink route and enjoy Primo Lager and Pyramid Hefeweizen from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will also be cheap food specials and patriotic cranberry, white chocolate and blueberry blondies for dessert.

Cheap beer and snacks are always nice, but supporting local bands and Obama at the same time? That’s your patriotic duty.

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