HeadCount, a non-profit group that registered more voters than any all-volunteer organization in the country, will stage an Election Eve Rally in New York City on Monday, November 1 at the Mercury Lounge and an Election night rally at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco.
The New York event, which will celebrate HeadCount registering 50,000 voters nationwide, will feature New Jersey-based rock band RANA as well as Big Fuzz, a new project led by former Deep Banana Blackout frontman Fuzz, and the Katy Pfaffl Band.
Also on the bill is Moshi vs. Omen, an electronica duo featuring Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aaron Magner. Jon Gutwillig, guitarist for The Disco Biscuits, will also perform.
HeadCount was founded by Disco Biscuits bass player Marc Brownstein, who will serve as the emcee for this event.
The San Francisco event will feature an all-star jam with members of San Francisco-based New Monsoon, ALO, and Samantha and The Ritual, as well as Pete Sears, David Gans, Jamie Janover, Motion Potion, and special guests. Free Peoples, whose bass player, Mike DiPirro is a member of The Trichromes, will perform a bluegrass set. Visuals will be provided by Dr FX.
Election coverage will be shown on 6 TVs, including a giant screen. The kitchen will be open for food all night, and there will be happy hour drink specials.
The rally's will raise money for HeadCount's future while celebrating its success in 2004. Launched only in February, the organization aligned itself with Dave Matthews Band, Phish and The Dead as well as about 25 other major concert acts.
HeadCount sent voter registration volunteers on the road with bands and also produced public service announcements - starring Dave Matthews, The Dead and Trey Anastasio of Phish - that have been airing on TNT and TBS. The PSA's have been seen more than 100 million times.
An organization that is truly grassroots in structure, HeadCount has no paid employees, no major corporate funding and no central headquarters. But through a network of 2,000 volunteers and the backing of a board of directors that includes The Dead's Bob Weir, HeadCount became one of the most successful voter registration groups.
"The events will be our last of about 1,000 acts to encouraging and facilitate voting," said Andy Bernstein, HeadCount's co-chair. "Our volunteers are absolutely exhausted, but we figured they have one night of celebration left in them."
Upcoming Show Details
Monday Nov. 1, 2004
The Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St - New York, NY
Tickets at www.headcount.org
Tuesday Nov. 2, 2004
Mission St. Between 21st & 22nd
San Francisco, CA
$5 Minimum Donation at door
Donate $25 and get Free HeadCount Limited Editiion Poster
Tickets and poster available at www.headcount.org
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