Music and Activism

Phish Scene So White: Let’s Talk

The HeadCount blog is a forum for our community where we welcome all opinions and perspectives. Anyone wishing to write for the HeadCount blog may do so by emailing [email protected] This commentary reflects only the views of the author and not of the HeadCount organization.  I was at a retreat about four years ago and we were…

Posted in Music and Activism, Trends in Music and Society

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

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

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…

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Rob Quist, Jon Fishman Continue Tradition of Musician Politicians

There’s this stereotype that a law degree is a bit of a pre-requisite for serving in public office. But that certainly isn’t a requirement. Rand Paul was an optometrist before running for office. Rush Holt Jr. was a rocket scientist. Our current president even was a reality TV personality before his decision to serve the…

Posted in Politics and Elections, Music and Activism

Interview: Peter Shapiro on Producing The Women’s March on Washington Live Stream

On January 21st an estimated 3.3 million Americans grabbed signs, started chants and attended either the Women’s March on Washington, or the satellite marches around the country. For those who couldn’t make the marches, there was a free live stream of the DC event. That live stream was filmed and produced by HeadCount Board Member,…

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Interview: Kelly D. Morris, Creator of The MORE Project

Shortly after the Presidential Election, accomplished video editor Kelly D. Morris asked her Facebook friends to share images of what love meant to them. She then spliced those photos – and many other images – into a powerful video accompanying the new Phish song “More” that seemed ripped from the headlines. A few days after…

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Loving Advice to Kanye West Before his 2020 Presidential Run

One thing I have learned from my experience interning with Headcount is that it truly is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process. It is important if you care about the political system to vote. That being said, there are many people who I love who still did not vote. One of those…

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There’s Still Music: A Recap of the Soundtrack to History

The Soundtrack to History Last night, HeadCount. Magic Hat and the Everyone Orchestra teamed up to present the “Soundtrack to History,” an improvised musical performance set to the election returns. To view Soundtrack to History online, visit nugs.tv. When we named the event, we pictured a night people would remember for the rest of their…

Posted in Politics and Elections, News, Music and Activism

Coming Home to the Georgia Theatre

On a recent HeadCount outing, I had the pleasure to be among the nearly 1,000 happy and adoring fans joyously singing along with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes ‘Home, let me come home-o-ome, Home is wherever I’m with you.’ And while most people were probably thinking of their significant others, it occurred to me…

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