Georgia Comes Alive Adds Foo Fighters, Chuck Leavell, Nicki Bluhm and More
The rare alignment of planets on the Winter Solstice has nothing on the explosion of stars that continue to come out for Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual festival promoting democracy set for Saturday, December 26. Just added to an eye-popping roster already brimming with music luminaries are Foo Fighters, Chuck Leavell, Amos Lee, Nicki Bluhm, Peter Yarrow, and Lee Field, who will be joining 45-plus artists throwing their weight behind efforts to get out the vote in Georgia’s upcoming critical, run-off elections for the Senate.
Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with HeadCount, the event aims to promote voter participation in the Peach State by supporting the grassroots efforts of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Driven in part by mobilization efforts such as these, voters across the U.S. came out in record numbers in November including in Georgia, where elections were so close that the state’s two senatorial seats are headed for runoffs on January 5. The outcome will determine which party controls a narrowly divided Senate.
With the stakes so high, enthusiasm for the festival has been enormous among artists and fans alike. The latest additions to Georgia Comes Alive swell the ranks of previously announced musicians including Dave Matthews, Diplo, Portugal. The Man, Big Freedia, Nathanial Rateliff, Phil Lesh and Friends, Ben Folds, The Revivalists, Billy Strings, and many more.
Hosted by SiriusXM’s Ari Fink, the festival will get underway at 3 p.m. ET and feature more than 50 artists representing multiple genres including Jam, Electronica, R&B, bluegrass, funk, indie rock, and more. Highlights include performances by The Lame Ducks, a supergroup featuring Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), and Jay Lane (Wolf Brothers, Primus); R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills featuring Big Something; Blind Boys of Alabama, Tank and The Bangas, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Bobby Rush just to name a few.
Powered nugs.net and Plus1, Georgia Comes Alive was created by the same team behind Democracy Comes Alive, Quarantine Comes Alive, and Justice Comes Alive, which collectively raised close to $300,000 for voter turnout, Covid relief, and social justice initiatives respectively while accumulating nearly two million views. Co-producers Kunj Shah, founder of Live For Live Music; Don Strasburg, president of AEG Rocky Mountains; and Paul Peck, president of Fandiem and founder of Okeechobee Music Festival are joining forces with HeadCount, a nonprofit which uses the power of music to register voters, to bring GCA to life. Since 2004, HeadCount has registered over one million voters at music events around the country and through partnerships with stars like Dead & Company and Beyonce.
Georgia Comes Alive is also partnering with Participant Media, which released John Lewis: Good Trouble, a documentary about the late Georgia congressman’s and civil rights icon’s life as well as Fandiem, a digital sweepstakes marketplace bringing music lovers exclusive experiences and prizes. Fans can donate for chances to win unique prizes from Georgia Comes Alive artists like a guitar signed by Bob Weir and The Lame Ducks or a Zoom hang with The Revivalists.
Event participants can secure access to the event by visiting GeorgiaComesAlive.com and contributing any amount to receive a link on the day of the live stream. Proceeds will be split between Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia – Atlanta-based nonpartisan, 501(c)3 non-profits whose efforts promote civic engagement and voter empowerment.
To donate and for more information about Georgia Comes Alive, click on the links below.
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