New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
This Saturday, December 26 at 3pm EST, Live For Live Music
in partnership with HeadCount, presents Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival to promote voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations like Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Fans are encouraged to visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com and donate to the cause. Those who make a donation of any size in advance will receive an email with a link to the stream on the day of the show.
Today, even more, new artists have been added to the power-packed line-up, including Foo Fighters, Amos Lee, Peter
Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones), and Nicki Bluhm. The virtual event, powered by Nugs.net and Plus1, is the latest from the team behind Democracy Comes Alive, Quarantine Comes Alive and Justice
Comes Alive, which collectively raised close to $300,000 for various charitable causes and garnered nearly two million views. Like its predecessors, the event aims to direct this momentum toward the critical Georgia Senate runoff elections in January.
Americans turned out in record numbers to vote during the 2020 elections, largely thanks to dedicated activism of grassroots organizations and the historic participation of underrepresented communities in battleground states like Georgia. Neither Georgia Senate seat garnered a majority of votes (50%+1) during the general election, triggering runoff elections set to take place January 5th, 2021. While the Georgia runoffs will be decided by local voters, the results will have national implications by deciding which party controls the Senate. For more information on the specifics and implications of the Georgia Senate runoff elections, click here.
Kunj Shah, the founder of Live For Live Music
and the Comes Alive event series, felt compelled to turn his sights toward Georgia's runoff elections following the historic voter turnout in November. "This event has gained so much momentum since its initial announcement, artists have been reaching out from all over the musical spectrum, asking to take part, to join the efforts in Georgia to turn out the vote."
Georgia Comes Alive is produced by Kunj Shah (founder, Live For Live Music), Don Strasburg (president, AEG Rocky Mountains), and Paul Peck (president, Fandiem; co-founder Okeechobee Music
Festival, formerly Bonnaroo) in partnership with HeadCount, the non-partisan organization focused on voter empowerment. Committed to promoting involvement in democracy, HeadCount uses the power of music to register voters, reaching both young people and music fans where they are. Since 2004, it has registered over one million voters through partnerships with touring musicians like Ariana
Grande, Dead & Company, and Beyoncé, to name a few, at events like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and more.
Andy Bernstein, the co-founder and executive director of HeadCount, looks forward to the virtual music event making a positive impact in such a crucial moment. "This is a great way for people outside of Georgia to support the amazing organizations doing the hard work on the ground in The Peach State. We hope the funds we raise and the positive energy all have a real impact."
Grassroots organizations in Georgia are at the heart of this effort. The Georgia chapter of the National
Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black
and underserved communities. Another major organization, CivicGeorgia, is a collective of organizers striving for equity and justice through civic engagement, amplifying the voice, frequency, and impact of community-led efforts for progress.
Hosted by SiriusXM's Ari Fink, the event will prompt viewers to donate any amount to receive a link to the stream on the day of the show. These donations will be split between Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Georgia Comes Alive is also proud to partner with Participant Media who, with Magnolia
Pictures, released the documentary about Congressman John Lewis' life, John Lewis: Good Trouble, as well as Fandiem, a digital sweepstakes marketplace bringing exclusive experiences and prizes to super-fans. Starting today, fans can donate for chances to win exclusive prizes from Georgia Comes Alive artists like a guitar played and signed by Bob Weir.
See below for a full list of participating artists. To donate and secure your spot at the event, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com.
Georgia Comes Alive Performances:
The Allman Betts Band
Andy Frasco and the U.N.
Big Head Todd
Boys of Alabama
ft. Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane
Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) *
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Lee Fields *
Mike Mills Ft. Big Something
Nicki Bluhm *
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)
Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) *
Phil Lesh & Friends
Portugal. The Man
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Soul Rebels
Tank and the Bangas
Taylor Goldsmith (DAWES)