Conan O’Brien, Phil Lesh and Pearl Jam lead new voting campaign


Eight days before the presidential election, musicians and celebrities like Conan O’Brien, Phil Lesh and Greg Allman are encouraging fans to vote as part of Number of heads#GoVote campaign. Stephen Colbert, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Beck, James Franco, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Black Keys, Questlove, Dave Matthews and the National also contributed to the initiative, posting photos of themselves holding “Go Vote” signs.

Russell Simmons, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, panic! at the Disco, Linkin Park, Quincy Jones, Alan Cumming, Esperanza Spalding, Nick Offerman, Widespread Panic and Dead & Co. also took part in the sprawling campaign, among others.

Some of the photos include unique captions, including that of Colbert (“Vote: the legal and sure way to overthrow the government”) and Lesh (“Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote”). A complete gallery is available at HeadCount Facebook page.

The #GoVote campaign caps a banner year for HeadCount, which used social media and concerts as platforms to help reach millennial voters. The non-partisan group registered more than 150,000 new voters for this election, running voter registration campaigns at more than 1,500 live music events, including nationwide tours by Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Dead & Co ., Dixie Chicks and Warped Tour.

HeadCount will close the campaign on election night by hosting their “Original soundtrack of the story” concert at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, with the all-star jam group Everyone Orchestra. The group will include conductor Matt Butler alongside members of Phil Lesh and Friends (Steve Kimock), Disco Biscuits (Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner), moe. (Vinnie Amico), Snarky Puppy (Jay Jennings, Chris Bullock), Big Gigantic (Jeremy Salken) and Trey Anastasio Band (Natalie Cressman); Jans Ingber, Mihali Savoulidis and special guests not yet announced.


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