HEADCOUNT BRINGS THE NOISE WITH "MIDTERMS MATTER TOUR" FEATURING DATES WITH
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, FORMER PHISH AND GRATEFUL DEAD MEMBERS
Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., and former members of Phish and the Grateful Dead are among the artists participating in the "Midterms Matter Tour," a
multi-city voter registration campaign staged this summer by the non-profit,
nonpartisan organization HeadCount.
HeadCount registered nearly 50,000 voters in 2004, more than any
all-volunteer group in the United States. This year, the organization aims
to bring voter participation back to the forefront by reminding young people
that "Midterms Matter," referring to the midterm elections in which
one-third of the Senate and all seats in the House of Representatives are up
More than 30 major concerts and events will be part of the tour, including
the giant Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June as well as a
two-day festival in August on New York City's Randall's Island headlined by
Dave Matthews Band. The first event with a Headcount presence will be
Summercamp, a three day festival from May 26 - May 28 in Chillicothe,
Illinois featuring headliners Umphrey's McGee, moe. and The Disco Biscuits.
Other artists participating include veteran Southern rockers Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon (formerly of Phish) featuring
the Benevento/Russo Duo, Gov't Mule, moe. and String Cheese Incident. Ratdog, fronted by former Grateful Dead guitar player Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh & Friends, starring the Dead's former bass player, are also part of
the Midterms Matter Tour.
"Democracy seems to be slipping away from us year by year," said Weir, a
member of HeadCount's board of directors. "The only true way to fight
against that is with our votes, while we still have a chance."
At each event, teams of volunteers will register voters while major concert
acts will encourage all their fans to vote in November. The artist
activities will range from stage announcements to special branding of
concerts to media interviews. Sometimes, they'll even go into the crowd to
register voters themselves.
Marc Brownstein, bass player for the popular electronic rock band The Disco Biscuits, serves as the organization's co-chair. "Two years ago, everyone
was talking about voting, and we set out to make sure our audience was well
represented at the polls," said Brownstein, whose band will appear at five
Midterms Matter Tour events. "This year, our mission goes beyond that. We
want to be the sparkplug that gets all of America talking about voting
The complete schedule of the Midterms Matter Tour events is listed below.
For more information on HeadCount, please visit the newly re-designed site
MIDTERMS MATTER TOUR DATES
05.26-28 | SummerCamp | 3 Sisters Park | Chillicothe, IL
06.03-4 | Mountain Jam | Hunter Mountain | Hunter, NY
06.09 | moe. | Festival Pier | Penn's Landing, PA
06.08-11 | Wakarusa Festival | Clinton Lake, Lawrence, KS
06.16-18 | Bonnaroo Festival | Manchester, TN
06.27 | Allman Brothers and Derek Trucks | Jones Beach | Wantagh, NY
06.30 | Phil & Friends w/ Trey/Gordon/The Duo | Tweeter Center | Camden, NJ
06.29-07.02 | High Sierra Festival | Quincy, CA
07.01 | Phil & Friends w/ Trey/Gordon/The Duo| PNC Banks Art Center | Holmdel, NJ
07.01-02 | Dave Matthews Band | Alpine Valley | East Troy, WI
07.07 | Phil & Friends w/ Trey/Gordon/The Duo | Jones Beach | Wantagh, NYB
07.11 | String Cheese Incident | Penn's Landing, PA
07.15 | O.A.R. | Charter One Pavillion | Chicago, IL
07.14-16 | All Good Festival | Marvin's Mountain Top | Masontown, WV
07.19-22 | 10,000 Lakes Festival | SoPass Ranch | Detroit Lakes, MN
07.28 | Dave Matthews Band / Soulive | Dodge Center | Hartford, CT
07.29 | Dave Matthews Band / Gov't Mule | Dodge Center | Hartford, CT
08.5-6 | DMB, Flecktones, Gov't
Mule, YMSB and TLG | Randall's Island | New York, NY
08.10 | O.A.R. | Tweeter Center | Camden, NJ
08.11 | O.A.R. | PNC Banks Art | Center, Holmdel, NJ
08.17-20 | Gathering of the Vibes | Indian Lookout CC | Mariaville, NY
08.25-26 | Camp Bisco V | Hunter Mountain | Hunter, NY
09.1-3 | Dave Matthews Band / O.A.R. | The Gorge | George, WA
09.1-3 | moe.Down 7 | Snow Ridge | Turin, NY
09.8-9 | DMB / Robert Randolph Family Band | Shoreline Amp | Mountain View, CA
09.15 | DMB w/ George Clinton and Parliament Funk| First Midwest Amp | Tinley Park, IL
HeadCount, the non-profit voter registration organization with ties to The Dead, Dave Mathews Band, members of Phish and dozens of other touring acts, announced the launch of a "Leadership Training" program to give young people hands-on experience in event production and community organizing in the summer of 2006.
The program will coincide with HeadCount's "Midterms Matter Tour," a nationwide effort to register voters at festivals and major concerts this summer. The Leadership Training program is a field internship where trainees will play an active role in staging the Midterms Matter Tour, which will include about 10 concerts and festivals in each of three regions (Northeast, Midwest and Northern California).
Trainees will and also work several hours per week on various projects related to HeadCount, and participate in weekly telephone conference calls with guest speakers including the musicians, band managers and promoters who support HeadCount. The organization will pay most travel expenses and also assist with job placement in the music or non-profit sectors once the program is complete at the end of the summer. To apply, go to www.headcount.org.