7 - Austin, TX - Emo's (open to the public)
9 - San Marcos, TX - Texas State University (students only)
10 - Milwaukee, WI - UW Milwaukee (students only)
15 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
16 - Indianola, IA - Simpson College
17 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
Jim James and HeadCount are proud to announce "The Future Is Voting Tour," comprising six nonpartisan multi-artist shows in college towns in electoral "swing districts" that he instigated in order to promote voter participation. Set to begin with a celebratory late-night open-to-the-public event at Emo's in Austin, TX on October 7, the tour will feature Benjamin Booker, Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso), Kam Franklin of The Suffers, Field Report (solo), Linqua Franqa and many others to be announced as the tour commences. Information on tickets for the Emo's event are available here. All the other dates will be free to students, and some will be streamed on YouTube. The complete dates are below.
HeadCount, has organized the tour with Jim James and will be underwriting it in its entirety. In addition to all of the artists donating their time, HeadCount has also created an Indiegogo funding page where fans can make donations and receive special experiences and commemorative items from the tour.
"The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated. This isn't only a Get Out The Vote concert," says Jim James. "This is a learning moment aimed at college students to motivate them to vote, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum. Each stop on the tour purposefully takes place in a contested electoral district or state for this important midterm election, where students and young voters have the ability to dramatically affect the outcome of this tremendous moment in history. Please join special surprise guests and myself at these events with the goal of truly inspiring thought, discourse, and participation.”
"The Future is Voting Tour" is part concert, part town hall meeting, during which James will perform a solo set alongside performances from Booker, Made of Oak and others soon to be announced. The town hall meeting segment of the tour will include a non-partisan forum where candidates and their representatives will be invited to speak directly to students and take their toughest questions.