JIM JAMES ANNOUNCES “THE FUTURE IS VOTING TOUR”
IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEADCOUNT
JIM JAMES AND BENJAMIN BOOKER TO PERFORM AT THE CANOPY CLUB IN URBANA TO PROMOTE VOTER PARTICIPATION
Jim James of My Morning Jacket is coming to campus with #TheFutureIsVoting Tour. A free, non-partisan event for students around Urbana, IL on Wednesday, October 17th at The Canopy Club. It’s all about getting a little information and a lot of inspiration for voting in the upcoming midterm elections.
Jim James has announced “The Future Is Voting Tour,” comprising six nonpartisan multi-artist shows in college towns in electoral “swing districts” that he instigated in order to promote voter participation. The Canopy Club show on Wednesday, October 17th will feature Jim James along with Benjamin Booker.
“The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated. This isn’t only a Get Out The Vote concert,” says James. “This is a learning moment aimed at college students to motivate them to vote, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. Each stop on the tour purposefully takes place in a contested electoral district or state for this important midterm election, where students and young voters have the ability to dramatically affect the outcome of this tremendous moment in history. Please join special surprise guests and myself at these events with the goal of truly inspiring thought, discourse and participation.”
“The Future is Voting Tour” is part concert, part town hall meeting, during which James will perform a solo set alongside performances from Booker. The meeting segment of the tour will include a non-partisan forum where candidates and their representatives will be invited to speak directly to students and take their toughest questions.
HeadCount, a rapidly growing voter-engagement non-profit (501c3), has organized the tour with James and will be underwriting it in its entirety. In addition to all of the artists donating their time, HeadCount has also created an Indiegogo funding page where fans can make donations and receive special experiences and commemorative items from the tour.
HeadCount harnesses the power of music to drive social change. Since 2004, HeadCount has registered over 500,000 voters, and helped organize various initiatives in the live music community to promote civic participation. In their role as the organizing arm of the live music scene, HeadCount has hosted activism villages at over 100 concerts & festivals and has raised close to $10 million for other music-industry non-profits. With 20,000 volunteers, street teams in most major U.S. cities and affiliations with over 200 touring musicians, HeadCount ranks as one of the largest and most active music-based non-profit organizations in America.