On Saturday, December 26th, 50+ artists and hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world came together for Georgia Comes Alive, a virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in Georgia’s critical Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021.
One of the many world-renowned acts to take part in the nine-hour livestream was famed singer/songwriter/guitarist/bandleader Dave Matthews, who used the opportunity to show off a new song, “The Ocean and the Butterfly”, which he initially debuted during the virtual Save Our Stages Fest back in October. Matthews has been active in his voter participation efforts throughout the year, from offering fans chances to win a Zoom hangs and private performances by getting involved in our civic processes. Considering all that, it’s safe to say that Dave Matthews is excited about seeing democracy do its thing.
Ahead of his Georgia Comes Alive performance, Matthews took a lighthearted moment to echoing that sentiment and encouraging Georgia residents to make their voices heard. As he mused, “Georgia! …and everybody else that’s there. But, I’m talking to Georgia… because, how exciting—y’all get to vote more. So please, do. Uh-huh. Don’t have to shave or anything. … Or maybe, you already voted, and if you did, thank you. I know some Georgian’s who’ve already voted. Vote right away. Vote in a bit. Vote soon. Vote, that’s all. And then when you’re done, you can take a shower, shave, whatever you want. But first…”
Watch Dave Matthews perform new song “The Ocean and the Butterfly” at Georgia Comes Alive in the video below. If you enjoyed the show and have the means, consider donating to Georgia grassroots voter organizations via GeorgiaComesAlive.com. Subscribe to the Live For Live Music YouTube channel for more Georgia Comes Alive video releases.
Dave Matthews – “The Ocean and the Butterfly” – Georgia Comes Alive
Dave Matthews joined 50+ other performers and speakers as part of Georgia Comes Alive, presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The marathon streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1, generated more than $160,000 in funds for organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that are putting in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information, head here. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, or to donate to CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com.