DANVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012) — Indie-folk cellist Ben Sollee will kick off the official 2012 Vice Presidential Debate tonight. Just before Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan square off inside Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts, Sollee and his trio have the prestigious honor of performing on the campus’ main lawn during the Debate Festival, which begins today at noon. The concert is free to attend.
Sollee is touring in support of his self-produced, fourth studio album, “Half-Made Man.” The album features an exciting cast of musicians, including guitarist Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), fiddle player Jeremy Kittel (Turtle Island Quartet), bassist Alana Rocklin, percussionist Jordon Ellis and guest vocalist Abigail Washburn.
Debate Festival attendees can watch the VP debate as it happens via a live, televised broadcast on the lawn and see performances by:
— Local family favorite The Danville Children’s Choir
— Centre’s very own Brass Ensemble
— Popular student/faculty group The Kentucky Ensemble
— Mercer County’s very own country pop duo Aly’An
— Southern rock pioneers The Marshall Tucker Band
Centre College is in the national spotlight today, as it hosts its second vice presidential debate. The first was in 2000 and featured Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Dick Cheney. The college garnered attention for being the smallest institution ever chosen to host a televised general election debate.
Tonight at 9, Vice President Joe Biden and candidate Congressman Paul Ryan will take the stage to debate some of the toughest issues facing America today. It will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News. The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.
The VP debate will be televised on multiple channels.
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