O’Malley’s band to promote early voting


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, left, plays back to back with his fiddle player Jim Eagan, right, as O'Malley's March reunites last year in Baltimore. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s semi-retired Celtic rock band, which seems to be surfacing quite a bit lately, is booked Saturday at an event promoting early voting.

O’Malley’s March is scheduled to play at an Irish bar in Silver Spring at the “Early Voting Bash,” an event hosted by the Montgomery County Young Democrats and a slew of other political organizations, including Obama for America, the president’s campaign committee.

Saturday marks the first day of early voting in Maryland, which runs through Nov. 1.

Besides races for president and U.S. Senate, Maryland’s busy ballot includes several high-profile issues, including questions on same-sex marriage, college tuition rates for undocumented immigrants and expanded gambling.

The governor’s band, which had its heyday during his stint as a city councilman and mayor in Baltimore, last played two shows last month in Charlotte during the week of the Democratic National Convention.

The band has also committed to a pair of concerts on Dec. 27 at the Rams Head in Annapolis, just around the corner from the governor’s mansion. The venue’s Web site promises “a rollicking evening of traditional and original tunes, seasonal classics and general merriment.”

Co-sponsors of Saturday’s event include campaign committees seeking passage of two of the ballot measures on which O’Malley has been active: same-sex marriage and the so-called Dream Act of immigrants.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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