Call To Action: Trey, Weir

HeadCount and Activism in Live Music Community

Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, Bela Fleck and many other musicians will appear in a soon-to-be released documentary entitled A Call to Action, chronicling how the HeadCount organization has brought political action to the live music community. A five-minute preview of the documentary, featuring interviews with those and other artists can be seen on

A Call to Action was produced by Concerts4Charity, a fellow nonprofit devoted to promoting philanthropy through music and the arts. Most of A Call to Action was filmed on location at the Langerado Music Festival last March, in the political hotbed of Broward County, Florida. Artists were asked to reflect on their support for the HeadCount organization and the role music can play in shaping American politics. Michael Franti, jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, members of O.A.R., Galactic and the North Mississippi Allstars also appear in the documentary. HeadCount co-chair Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits and HeadCount board member Al Schnier of moe. were also interviewed, and appear in the preview.

"The thing about HeadCount that always humbles me is the support we get from other artists and the whole music industry," said Brownstein. "This documentary is another example of that. Pretty much everyone playing at Langerado sat down in front of the camera and spoke from the heart." Concerts4Charity, based in Worcester, Mass., approached HeadCount with the idea of filming a documentary last Fall, after producing a short video feature on HeadCount's 2006 "Midterms Matter Tour." "It has been my personal mission over the past decade to document artist-related community outreach," noted A Call to Action producer Christopher Gaspar. "HeadCount shares such a tremendous bond with the artists and the fans. My goal, and the goal of Concerts4Charity, is to bring another dimension to that by telling their story."

Since its inception in 2004, HeadCount has registered more than 60,000 voters – a rewarding challenge for a core group of volunteers, which has in turn provided a voice for many. 2008 will mark the first full election cycle since the non-partisan, not-for-profit organization was launched and, for scores of volunteers, this milestone has truly been... A Call to Action.

The full-length documentary will be released for Internet download in late 2007, and on DVD in 2008.

[Published on: 8/23/07]

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AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 02:05PM
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SWEET!!!! Some langerado action!

playdoh starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 02:15PM
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Very nice. It will be cool to see alot of these guys behind the scenes. Bela Fleck is a GOD!

Foominaut Thu 8/23/2007 02:27PM
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Looks like a great dvd.Just that clip convinced me to register to vote...what shows are they going to be attending?.....also what song is that being played?

headcount11 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 02:35PM
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The song being played is "Breathe In" by Sound Tribe Sector 9, whose bass player, Murph, is featured in the trailer. Big ups to Jambase and HeadCount.

headcount11 Thu 8/23/2007 02:35PM
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and of course, Concerts4Charity!!!

Jaymon starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 02:49PM
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It is really inspiring to see all these musicians come together for this important cause. A little over a year until that important day. I encourage everyone to donate some time to HeadCount and help get the word out. Great work Concerts4Charity!!

Andrew W. starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 03:06PM
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Andrew W.

Great work HeadCount! Keep it up up up!


RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 03:15PM
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Cant wait, hope to see you perform again Trey!!

gmoo Thu 8/23/2007 03:16PM
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Where are these Bisco haters who take any chance to talk trash about all things Bisco? This is a pleasant change.

Big props to HeadCount, Marc, and Al.

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 03:20PM
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Hmmmmm......seems like the bisco comment would be one of the main reasons things like that start in the 1st place remember you reap what you sow. Vote 3rd party people start at small scale gov't it has to start small 2 party system is in shambles let's rise up and create some change

drewG Thu 8/23/2007 03:25PM
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wow- it will be really cool to see how something like this grows within our community & to see how an organization like this can become about so much more than voting..

ariellaariella starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 03:32PM
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Trailer is awesome! GO HEADCOUNT!! You make me proud to be part of the scene.

gmoo Thu 8/23/2007 04:41PM
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Larry, you are 100% correct. That was immature of me.

sunnbear Thu 8/23/2007 04:53PM
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Now THAT was very mature of you gmoo!

lvcheese Thu 8/23/2007 05:06PM
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BREATHE IN WAS A GREAT SONG FOR THIS VIDEO!!! I'm just a sound tribe freak though.

rider11 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 05:54PM
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I agree with y'all. I am proud to be apart of the music and these positive vibes and action HeadCount is leading. The trailer looks great! Thanks for all your hard work: from the musicians, HeadCounter, film crew, and everyone else involved. GO VOTE!

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 08:13AM
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SuperSpacePhunk starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 09:09AM
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This is a particularly exciting bit of news for me...considering I work for BOTH Jambase and HeadCount.

Over the past few years, I have seen HeadCount grow as an organization, while helping me grow as an individual within our scene and community.

The people involved TRULY, TRULY care about not only our music, but the world in which we live. The weekend that this documentary was filmed, in sunny Florida, at this past Langerado, was one of a few moments when I realized how truly special--and powerful--HeadCount truly is.

I implore all of you to volunteer if interested, or checking us out at, and helping in any way you can.

If not, please, please, please, just do one thing:


my .02

Mad Luv and Ups to HC, Concerts4Charity, Andy Bernstein, Brownie, and all my fellow staff/volunteers.


ps--That STS9 "Breathe In" is so inspirational...much like HeadCount itself.

delaneyira starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 09:22AM
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Good stuff. One of thier slogans for right after they register someone is "Now that your registered, if you dont vote your an asshole!" But id like to add a caveat to voting, just make sure your vote is counted. As Greg Palast reported on the BBC many peoples votes, especially minority and military, were simply not counted because people were on "caging lists" and republicans chalanged thier votes and so they were tossed out. Look up caging lists on youtube and check out greg palast's reports. There is definetly a point to voting but if people dont protest against these trickey ways to get votes thrown out then in 10 years voting probably wont matter. Democracy now!!

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 09:36AM
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theivywall that you? Jambase???

altaholic1 star Fri 8/24/2007 09:48AM
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wow..everyone seems so intelligent and in tune with reality..I think i'll change my vote now for the better of our country...after all if spearhead and trey vote for hillary i guess i should too!...Give me a break

udsh starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 09:58AM
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cash game is da man

playdoh starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 10:19AM
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Hey altaholic1,

They aren't telling people who to vote for, don't be a jerk. HeadCount is non partisan and doesn't support specific parties. They just want people to vote and not make foolish comments like your prior post.

phreak89 starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 10:50AM
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i love Brownstein's comment about 12,000 Floridans changing the course of the world.

jayjay1 star Sat 8/25/2007 06:00PM
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Convicted Felons in New York, and in most other states, lose their right to vote. Trey Anastasio has been charged with three felonies, and convicted of one and has lost his voting rights.

littlebettyboop starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/26/2007 06:36AM
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I think HeadCount is doing the country a great service. A government for the people, by the people. How can we truly experience freedom, if we don't express our right to vote. As a community, we need to get behind HeadCount and do the right thing. If the amount of people at one festival can swing a vote, then you better believe that your vote DOES count! Thanks HeadCount!

BGsteveBG Sun 8/26/2007 01:05PM
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If you are registered, look up Ron Paul.

BrownSteve starstarstarstar Sun 8/26/2007 03:05PM
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Why do people feel they have to "Trey Bash" all the time. Why kick a man when he is down. There is no harm in Trey encouraging people to vote. JayJay1, you are just talking to hear yourself talk and that is your right, but grow up. Let a man rehab for crying out loud. Jeez!

Benon Sun 8/26/2007 03:33PM
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ron paul will never win, dont waste your time. oh yeah, hes a republican too.

Rainking04 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/28/2007 08:58AM
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i used to be one of those people who believed it was pointless to vote for good candidates: just go with the lesser of two evils with the big parties

now i realize nothing will ever change in this country with attitude, and that people in this country are ready for a huge change (completely sick of the "liberals" and "conservatives" of this generation) so i'm going with ron paul all the way

PCPrabbit Tue 8/28/2007 12:49PM
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sweet!! maybe it'll show trey freebasing cocaine!!

FinDPloyK Wed 9/5/2007 10:22AM
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dont feel bad trey... im a convicted felon too... cant vote.... you guys should vote for someone that'll change that shit... im tired of sitting back and watchin this bullshit because one time a cop caught me with 32 grams of pot instead of 27......