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 Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021, which saw a record-breaking voter turnout.
The nine-hour livestream marathon was highlighted by creative, socially-distanced performances by a variety of nationally-touring bands including Moon Taxi who used seemingly every outdoor space at guitarist Spencer Thomson‘s Nashville home to capture a three-song set featuring three distinct moods. After a greeting message and a plea for Georgians to hit the polls from Thomson, the Moon Taxi Georgia Comes Alive session moves into a duo performance of “Cabaret” by Thomson and guitarist/vocalist Trevor Terndrup as the birds chirp and the morning sun shines down on an idyllic porch with lush greenery painting the background.
For the next song, viewers time-travel to dusk and shift up to the roof of the house as Terndrup delivers an appropriate rendition of “Rooftops” in front of a sprawling, yellow sky. Finally, with twilight painting its mural across the mountains in the distance, we move into the set’s final song, a rendition of the recent Ashworth remix of “Two High”. Comprised of three different songs with three different sets of visuals and sonic vibes all artfully captured with social distancing in mind, virtual sets like these are a testament to the staying power and creativity of live music even amid an unprecedented shutdown.
Moon Taxi – “Cabaret”, “Rooftops”, “Two High (Ashworth Remix)” – Georgia Comes Alive
Moon Taxi 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 $170,000 in funds for grassroots voter organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that put in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information on Georgia Comes Alive, visit GeorgiaComesAlive.com.