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5 Years of HeadCount at LOCKN’ – My Volunteer Job Pays the Most

I have had the distinct honor of being the HeadCount Team Leader for all 5 LOCKN’ Festival Participation Rows. Every year has been an unforgettable experience that has given me way more than I could have possibly given to it in the first place. After every LOCKN’ I make the 7-8 hour drive home to Central…

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Our LOCKN’ Family Inspires Us

8,924 actions taken by festival-goers. $18,500 raised from the silent auction (featuring a signed D’Angelico guitar) to be shared by the orgs of Participation Row. Close to $20,000 raised via the festival stream to support the Charlottesville Community Fund. 4,000 pounds of food collected by Conscious Alliance for the Nelson County Food Pantry. 575 voters…

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ACT LOCAL: Participation Row at LOCKN’ 2017

Participation Row is coming back to LOCKN’! We are partnering with Qello Concerts to put on this year’s activism village and it it will be more fun than ever to be socially conscious at LOCKN’. There’ll be free Ben & Jerry’s, a drawing for a signed D’Angelico guitar, and a silent auction to raise funds…

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School is IN for Summer Thanks to Capitol Community

Ian Weissman is a New York City public school teacher and also a HeadCount Team Leader. Thanks to The Capitol Community Fund, a joint effort between the Capitol Theatre and HeadCount, Ian was part of a group of educators who went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to learn how to…

Posted in Music and Activism, Education

HeadCount, Charlottesville and LOCKN’

HeadCount is an organization that seeks to empower all Americans and make sure their voices are heard. We try to make sure everyone feels like welcome participants in the democratic process. That creed directly conflicts with the fascism, Nazism and violent thuggery we saw on display from the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville, VA this weekend….

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Interview: Rebecca Wood on Her High-Profile Heathcare Activism

Rebecca Wood is a mom, a huge music fan, and HeadCount’s Charlottesville, VA Team Leader. In just the last few months, she’s also become become a high-profile advocate for the Affordable Care Act, meeting with multiple members of Congress and getting interviewed many times by the national press. She never expected to be an activist…

Posted in Health Care Reform

#VoteLocal Phish Photobooth – Win Phree Ben & Jerry’s at Baker’s Dozen

We live in interesting times. Phish is playing a 13-night run at MSG, Ben & Jerry’s just dropped the special Freezer Reprise flavor and Jon Fishman is an elected official. So obviously we’re going to celebrate this Baker’s Dozen run. Our #VoteLocal photobooth has traversed the country this summer from the Hangout Fest in Alabama, High…

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Turning Crowds into Custodians: The Magic of Electricology

Why do I love music festivals? Obviously it starts with the music. But if all I wanted was music I’d never have to leave my couch (or Spotify account). What really gets me going at fests is being part of a community greater than just myself. And Electric Forest holds a special place in my…

Posted in Music and Activism, Sustainability and Climate Change

INTERVIEW: TRIXIE GARCIA ON THE SPIRIT OF GIVING AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD

On May 31st, Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was auctioned for an astounding $1.6 million to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fights racism and hate crimes. Just before the bidding started, Jerry’s daughter Trixie told the audience about how happy her father would be to know his guitar was supporting such a great cause. She then coined…

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Ariana Grande Channeling George Harrison

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Ariana Grande hosted One Love Manchester, a benefit concert supporting the families of victims that lost their lives in the Manchester bombing, raising around $3 million. Throughout the night, Grande pushed a message of oneness, togetherness, and took to social media to eloquently state that “we will not quit or…

Posted in Music and Activism