A concert tour organized to encourage voter turnout has taken on a new dimension in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Organizers Magic Hat Brewing Co., CEG Presents and HeadCount announced today that 100% of the net proceeds from the four-city ‘Participation Tour’ will be donated to the Red Cross and other storm relief efforts.
Dates include November 1 in Baltimore, followed by stops in Philadelphia on November 2 and Washington, DC on November 4. The night before the election on November 5, an all-star event in New York City will feature special guests Questlove, Béla Fleck, Amy Helm, Eric Krasno, Luther Dickinson and Scott Metzger.
Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, all residents of New Orleans and no stranger to hurricanes, will headline each of the four shows. Keller Williams will make a guest appearance in Washington, and John Kadlecik of Furthur will appear in Baltimore and DC. Tickets are available at Nolafunk.com/Nola
“Participation is about more than voting. It means being an active part of a community,” said HeadCount’s executive director Andy Bernstein. “We hope these concerts will not only encourage people to vote, but also to help out their neighbors.”
A limited edition Magic Hat guitar signed by the performers will be raffled at each show, with every dollar raised going directly to the relief efforts. To enter the raffle, fans will be asked to sign a "Pledge to Vote" and donate any amount they wish. At the tour finale on November 5, a guitar signed by all the performing artists will also be available via silent auction.
HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. The tour and organization have registered over 250,000 voters since its inception in 2004. HeadCount, whose board members include Bob Weir and Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), operates with a huge volunteer network that registers voters at as many as 1,000 concerts a year (Phish, Wilco and the Dave Matthews Band, to name a few).
Formed in 2003, Dumpstaphunk was initially assembled on a whim by New Orleans multi-instrumentalist Ivan Neville (nephew of the legendary Neville Brothers) to perform a solo slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The project has since grown from a chance side project into what is now widely considered to be one of New Orleans' most prestigious modern funk ensembles. An offspring with a direct lineage to their fathers in The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre.
No stranger to the festival and live touring circuit, Dumpstaphunk has unleashed notable performances at some of the nation's largest music extravaganzas, including Bonnaroo, VoodooFest, 10,000 Lakes, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and more. The band has also recently supported everyone from Widespread Panic and Slightly Stoopid to Galactic and String Cheese Incident, not to mention sit-ins with Derek Trucks, Mike Gordon from Phish, and Warren Haynes. Individually the members of the band have worked with The Rolling Stones, Gov't Mule, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Etta James, Boz Scaggs, Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, Meshell Ndgeocello, and a host of other legendary artists. Approaching its 10-year anniversary, Dumpstaphunk continues to develop its vibe and further push the envelope with a progressive funk sound that has arguably become the most defining in the modern genre from New Orleans.