This October, Jim James will engage with young voters, playing six shows in six swing districts across the US.
According to event organizer HeadCount, The Future is Voting tour will be “part concert, part town hall meeting” including “a non-partisan forum where candidates and their representatives will be invited to speak directly to students and take their toughest questions.”
“The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated. This isn’t only a Get Out The Vote concert,” James said in a statement. “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.”
Announced support acts include Benjamin Booker and Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso), but special guests are sure to pop up throughout the short run of shows. Also worth noting: the musicians involved will be taking no pay for the shows, donating both their music and their time to the cause.
Check out the dates for the tour, and James’ announcement video below:
The Future is Voting Tour
Oct. 7 – Autsin, TX – Emo’s (open to the public)
Oct. 9 – San Marcos, TX – Texas State University (students only)
Oct. 10 – Milwaukee, WI – UW Milwaukee (students only)
Oct. 15 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
Oct. 16 – Indianola, IA – Simpson College (students only)
Oct. 17 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club