Author: Andy Bernstein

A Big Thank You After a Crazy Year

“This must be a weird/intense/crazy year for you.” People said something like that to me every day in 2016. Yes it was. And the two weeks since Election Day haven’t gotten any less weird. But 2016 was also the biggest and strongest year for HeadCount to date, and with your help we’ll keep growing –…

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An Interview with Matt Hirschy of Equality NC: To Play Or Not To Play?

Many many bands elected to boycott North Carolina in protest of the controversial HB2 law that – among other things – stops transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. Dead & Company, however elected to move forward with their June 10th, Charlotte, NY show, and use the to raise awareness and…

Posted in Participation Row, Music and Activism

Getting the Best Seats for Dead & Co, Dixie Chicks, TTB

At HeadCount we are blessed with some musical friends who support us every way they can. They host our voter registration drives, take cool photos, appear in PSAs. Sometimes they even join us on conference calls with our volunteers. Another way they get behind our work is throwing us the best seats in the house for…

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An Interview with Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation

Twenty years ago, Washington, D.C- residents Rob Garza and Eric Hilton teamed up to form Thievery Corporation – a genre-bending, mind-twisting collective that mixed hip-hop, World Beat and dance music into a hypnotic soup of memorable songs and an unmatched live stage show. In the two decades since, they’ve never been shy about their decidedly…

Posted in Interviews, News, Music and Activism, Artist Relations

What Makes the LOCKN’ Guitars So LEGENDARY?

At the very first Lockn’ Music Festival in 2013, most of the artists on the bill signed a couple of guitars, for charity. The guitars came out of the box as ordinary axes – base model Les Paul’s from the Gibson subbrand Epiphone. But as musician after musical etched their names on the guitar bodies, these instruments started to…

Posted in Uncategorized, Participation Row

Absentee and Confidential Maximum Bids Accepted for Silent Auction  

The information in this blog was amended following the July 4th Grateful Dead concert. All times listed below subject to change.  Due to overwhelming interest in the Participation Row Silent auction – especially the signed D’Angelico Fare Thee Well guitar played by Bob Weir on stage – HeadCount has amended the auction procedure to allow…

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Fare Thee Well Interview Series: Allen St. Pierre of NORML

With The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary shows approaching, and HeadCount organizing a “Participation Row” non-profit village at the shows, we are running a series of interviews with key people from non-profits and various social good initiatives tied to the Grateful Dead. Today, we talk to cannabis activist Allen St. Pierre. Click here to view other interviews in the…

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Weir Plays Participation Row Guitar on Stage

The first two shows of Fare Thee Well were epic in every regard. It began with every fan getting a rose on the first night, and then getting treated to a double rainbow! The second night was even more special for all of us at HeadCount and the charities of Participation Row (the non-profit village…

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HeadCount and FireChat Go Off-The-Grid

HeadCount is teaming up with FireChat, an app from Open Garden that lets anyone communicate even when cell service and wifi are down.

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Disappointed by Youth Voter Turnout? Take Another Look

Youth voter turnout actually increased in 2014, despite overall turnout hitting its lowest level in 72 years.