Democracy Comes Alive Sets Virtual Festival To Promote Voter Participation

With the most consequential election in our lifetime looming large on November 3, Live For Live Music in partnership with HeadCount presents Democracy Comes Alive beginning at 1 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 3, with the goal of promoting voter participation.

Oteil Burbridge. Photo Credit: David Lee

The full-day virtual music festival will feature performances by 50 artists as well as discussions focusing on the history of voting rights with ten guest speakers, including Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Jon Fishman (Phish), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), and more. Democracy Comes Alive will also be providing information regarding best voting practices and the most effective ways to research representatives at a national, state, and local levels.

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Participating artists include such musical luminaries as Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby, Phil Lesh and Friends, Umphrey’s McGee, Dawes, Billy Strings, Southern Avenue, Kim Dawson, The Nth Power, Andy Frasco, Karina Rykman, Michael Franti, The Motet, Lettuce, Dopapod and many more spanning the worlds of jam, bluegrass, soul, funk, electronica, rock, pop, and Americana. Many of these artists are longtime supporters of HeadCount, which is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of music to promote participation in democracy.

 

Since its founding in 2004, HeadCount has signed up over 600,000 voters through its work with touring musicians like Dead & Co, Beyonce, and Ariana Grande. Each year, the group also stages more than 1,000 nonpartisan voter registration drives at live events like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and its digital campaigns and public service announcements, which feature the likes of Jay-Z and Dave Matthews, reach a national audience.

Dave Matthews Band JPJ Arena, Charlottesville VA


Powered by Nugs.TV and Plus1 and hosted by SiriusXM’s Ari Fink, Democracy Comes Alive is the latest installment in a virtual series from Live for Live Music including Quarantine Comes Alive and Justice Comes Alive. The two virtual events drew over 200,000 viewers each and raised a combined $230,000 for COVID-19 relief and social justice organizations.


Democracy Comes Alive will require fans to check their voter registration or make a donation of any size to HeadCount in order to receive a streaming link for the show. Participants can visit DemocracyComesAlive.com and RSVP. Those who check their voter registration status via Democracy Comes Alive or make a donation in advance will receive an email with a link to stream the event on the day of the show.

Fans can also check the Democracy Comes Alive website to learn about additional ways to give including how to acquire virtual custom “Fan Basketball Cards” to match those honoring the NBA’s efforts to turn empty arenas into polling stations. Limited edition merchandise will also be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting HeadCount and participating artists. For more information and how to get in on Democracy Comes Alive, click on the links below.

 

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