Live For Live Music, in partnership with HeadCount, is thrilled to present Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival on Saturday, December 26th aimed at promoting voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations, 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.
[UPDATE 1/5/20]: Georgia Comes Alive is proud to report that the event raised more than $170,000 for CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and reached more than one million viewers. For more information, head here.
Georgia Comes Alive [LIVE RE-BROADCAST]
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.
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 50%+1 majority vote during the general election, triggering a runoff election set to take place January 5th, 2021. While the Georgia runoffs will be decided by local voters, the results will have national implications as control of the Senate hangs in the balance. For more information on the specifics and implications of the Georgia Senate runoff elections, click here. Georgia residents can find information on polling places, early voting, mail-in ballots, and more here.
As with past Comes Alive events, participating artists on the lineup span an eclectic range of genres, presenting everything from bluegrass to singer-songwriters, neo-soul to indie rock, funk, R&B, electronic, and more. Highlights include The Lame Ducks, a one-off supergroup project featuring Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), and Jay Lane (Wolf Bros, Primus); collaborative sets including Phil Lesh & Friends and R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills with BIG Something; long-running musical institutions like Blind Boys of Alabama and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; dance music sets by Diplo and Big Gigantic; and a range of hit-making artists, Grammy winners, and cult favorites from across the musical spectrum including Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters, Big Freedia, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ben Folds, The Revivalists, Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones), Tank and the Bangas, Musiq Soulchild, Amos Lee, Bobby Rush, Warren Haynes, Portugal. The Man, Grouplove and Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers).
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. “The stakes are incredibly high in the Georgia runoffs,” Shah explains. “The fate of the music industry, struggling small businesses around the country, and our democracy as a whole are at stake. With Georgia Comes Alive, we hope to once again channel the power of music to support the grassroots organizations getting people to the polls in January and shine a national spotlight on the importance of participation in democracy.”
Georgia Comes Alive is produced by Kunj Shah, 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, the organization 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,” he says. “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 Coalition For The People’s Agenda is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities in Georgia. 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 signed by Bob Weir and The Lame Ducks. To peruse the various prizes up for grabs and enter the Georgia Comes Alive Fandiem sweepstakes, head here.
See below for a full list of participating artists and their Georgia Comes Alive basketball cards. To donate and secure your spot at the event, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com. For updates, follow Georgia Comes Alive on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and RSVP to the Facebook Event page.
Georgia Comes Alive Performances by:
The Allman Betts Band
Andy Frasco and the U.N.
Big Head Todd
Blind Boys of Alabama
Bob Weir ft. Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane
Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Mike Mills Ft. Big Something
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Phil Lesh & Friends
Portugal. The Man
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Soul Rebels
Tank and the Bangas
Taylor Goldsmith (DAWES)