HeadCount Tour Diverts Funds to Hurricane Victims

 

Hurricane Sandy aftermath brings
new urgency to the political awareness-raising tour.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

A concert tour organized to encourage voter turnout has
taken on a new dimension in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Organizers Magic Hat
Brewing Co., CEG Presents and HeadCount announced today that all proceeds from
the four-city ‘Participation Tour’ will be donated to the Red Cross and other
storm relief efforts.

 

The night before the election on November 5, an all-star
event will feature special guests Questlove, Béla Fleck, Amy Helm, Eric Krasno,
Luther Dickinson and Scott Metzger.

 

Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, all
residents of New Orleans
and no stranger to hurricanes, will headline each of the four shows. Keller
Williams will make a guest appearance in Washington,
and John Kadlecik of Furthur will appear in Baltimore and DC. Tickets are
available at Nolafunk.com/Nola

 

“Participation is about more than voting. It means being an
active part of a community,” said HeadCount’s executive director Andy
Bernstein. “We hope these concerts will not only encourage people to vote, but
also to help out their neighbors.”

 

A limited edition Magic Hat guitar signed by the performers
will be raffled at each show, with every dollar raised going directly to the
relief efforts. To enter the raffle, fans will be asked to sign a “Pledge
to Vote” and donate any amount they wish. At the tour finale on November
5, a guitar signed by all the performing artists will also be available via
silent auction. HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with
musicians to promote participation in democracy. The tour and organization have
registered over 250,000 voters since its inception
in 2004.  HeadCount, whose board members include Bob Weir and Marc
Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), operates with a huge volunteer network that
registers voters at as many as 1,000 concerts a year (Phish, Wilco and the Dave
Matthews Band, to name a few). 

 

For more information:

 

www.HeadCount.org

 

www.Nolafunk.com

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Friday November 2             Baltimore Sound
Stage      Baltimore, MD

Saturday November 3
        The Blockley      
               Philadelphia, PA

Sunday November
4           The Howard Theatre          
Washington, DC

Monday November 5          Highline
Ballroom              
New York, NY

 

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