Tour Journals

The Future Is Voting Tour: Bringing Respect Back to the Dialogue

Having spent twenty years of my life as a GOP campaign consultant and Capitol Hill communications director, I’m frequently ribbed by Republican friends and colleagues – mostly at parties – about serving as a HeadCount board member. They assume that because HeadCount plays a high-profile role registering new voters and increasing civic participation at music…

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Touring with The War on Drugs

I’m hitting the road with HeadCount this fall! In a few short days, a HeadCount team I’m leading will join The War on Drugs at each U.S. stop of their tour, encouraging democratic participation every step of the way. On top of registering voters, HeadCount will be signing fans up for TurboVote local election alerts…

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DMB Team

The Dynamic Democratic DMB Drive: A Yankee In The South

What’s the opposite of a jet-setter? I don’t know what the best word for it is. A home-body? A small-town kid? I don’t really know. But, whatever you call it, that’s what I am. I am not a traveler. I was born in upstate New York, went to school in Upstate New York, currently work…

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The Dynamic DMB Democracy Drive: A Defense of DMB Fans

When people ask me what music I listen to, I’ll bury Dave Matthews Band in a list of several bands with better reputations: “Oh, I listen to Alabama Shakes, The Hold Steady, Dave Matthews, Jack White…”  It’s kind of like saying, “My favorite foods are sushi, lobster, Hamburger Helper, and a fine porterhouse.”  And I…

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Why Not?! An Unscientific Study of Voter (Dis)engagement

Why don’t young people want to vote? Our Festival Coordinator Pat Daley brings us the results of his unscientific survey at a midsummer festival.

Lockn’ is for Lovers

Lockn,’ HeadCount, Qello, and 15 non-profits add up to an unprecedented and beautiful festival collaboration.

A Gathering of the Faithful at Vibes

It was hard work, hard rain, deep beauty, and HeadCount pride for our Festival Coordinator at The Gathering of the Vibes.

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Gritty and Amazing: Road Journal from Camp Bisco

Life on the road isn’t always easy for our festival coordinators, but the love they get from our fans makes it all worthwhile.

On The Road with HeadCount and Magic Hat’s Participation Tour

It was 4 a.m. when Jane and I hit the road in NYC for HeadCount and Magic Hat’s Participation Tour. Not only had we each gotten less than four hours of sleep that night, we were both still recovering from the chaotic post-Hurricane Sandy week behind us. Still, we weren’t tired. Who couldn’t be excited…

The Great American Roadtrip: Phish Tour, Leg 2

After an epic Phish tour that stretched from SF to Atlanta to Denver, a HeadCount volunteer reflects on her experience.

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