It’s election season, and music-friendly organizations like HeadCount have been working hard at concert events and festivals throughout the summer to make sure college students and younger music fans are set up and registered to vote and participate in the upcoming midterm elections. Now it appears that HeadCount will be taking their sign-up sheets on the road this fall along with musicians Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Benjamin Booker and Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn for a run of performances under the banner, The Future Is Voting Tour.
As JamBase reported on Thursday, the college tour will begin with an open-to-the-public performance event at Emo’s in Austin, Texas on Oct. 7, followed by events at Texas State University (Oct. 9), the University Of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (Oct. 10), the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia (Oct. 15), Simpson College in Iowa (Oct. 16) and the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois (Oct. 17). Each of the events will feature a mix of a traditional concert with town hall-style meetings in a non-partisan forum where political candidates and their representatives “will be invited to speak directly to students and take their toughest questions.” It’s during the meetings where James will also be delivering solo performances.
Funds raised during the shows and through HeadCount’s crowd-funding page will help cover the costs of bringing the tour to college campuses at no cost to the students or participating schools. The campaign is hoping to reach its goal of making $50,000 in contributions, which also have benefits ranging from meeting Jim James to going home with a signed tour poster to match that freshly printed voter I.D. card.
“The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated,” Jim James said in a statement about his active participation in the tour. “This is a learning moment aimed at college students to motivate them to vote, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum."
The announcement didn’t reveal which dates Booker and Sanborn would be performing on the tour, but fans should expect a more detailed scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks prior to the start of the tour.
Help us get out the vote on college campuses in swing districts by supporting our crowdfunding campaign for #TheFutureIsVoting tour ft @jimjames!— HeadCount (@HeadCountOrg) September 20, 2018
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