LITTLE STEVEN’S ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL MENC: THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION, SCHOLASTIC, AND THE ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION TO BRING ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC EDUCATION INTO CLASSROOMS NATIONWIDE

LITTLE STEVEN’S ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL MENC: THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION, SCHOLASTIC, AND THE ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER FOUNDATION TO BRING ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC EDUCATION INTO CLASSROOMS NATIONWIDE

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, Scholastic, and musician/actor/philanthropist Steven Van Zandt through his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, have joined efforts to bring Rock and Roll history and music appreciation into classrooms through the development of a Rock and Roll music education program. The Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School is targeted to launch in middle and high-schools in 2008/2009, highlighting the impact that Rock and Roll music had on historic events in the country and around the world.

“The support by MENC of this unique middle and high school program and our relationship with Scholastic is the proudest achievement of my life,” says Van Zandt. “Our joint efforts will ensure that future generations will continue to be inspired, motivated, and enlightened by the worldwide common ground communication of Rock and Roll.”

The Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School program will be a chronological anthology tracing the history of Rock and Roll from its roots to present day, highlighting the cultural impact and significance of each era of the genre as it relates to the events and changes that took place in the history of the country and of the world. The content for the program will be created by educators and some of the most prominent rock music historians and writers in the country, and each lesson will feature a DVD component with various relevant musicians and celebrities contributing.

“The long and important history of Rock and Roll as it reflects history and culture offers an innovative and relevant teaching opportunity for teachers,” says Shelley White, Editorial Director of Scholastic’s InSchool division. “Scholastic is proud to join with MENC and Steven Van Zandt to bring this terrific new initiative to schools across the nation.”

This rich compendium of materials will be delivered to schools free of charge. Each participating school will receive a package containing teacher lesson plans, reproducible student pages and accompanying DVDs, CDs, and posters to enhance the students’ experience. In addition, content from these materials, along with additional resources and more information, will exist online, offering multi-dimensional tools for both students and teachers.

“Our schools are comprised of students with varying musical interests and abilities,” said Lynn Brinckmeyer, president of MENC. “One of MENC’s goals is that all children receive the benefits of music education. MENC is pleased to work together with Mr. Van Zandt and Scholastic to provide curricular materials that reach out to young people who may not currently participate in music ensembles, but can benefit from the diverse and exciting program that is Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School.”

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

About Scholastic:
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company’s Internet site, www.scholastic.com.

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation:
To educate and promote the history and achievements of Rock and Roll music as well as other traditional and modern music forms. To save, safeguard, archive, and collect important Rock and Roll and other musical documents, histories, or artifacts. To preserve original analogue tape master recordings. To help save or safeguard important Rock and Roll music sites or venues, and to raise public awareness of the historical significance of certain music sites or venues. To provide scholarships, fellowships, or grants to young aspiring musicians. To teach the history of Rock and Roll and its origins and document it’s impact on our nation’s and world culture. To donate or provide access to musical instruments, training, recording equipment, and other musical skills to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity to receive them. To insure that the tremendous cultural and artistic benefits and achievements of Rock and Roll music be passed down to future generations.

“EXILE IN AMERICA”: MATCHBOX TWENTY RETURNING TO THE ROAD FOR FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR IN OVER FOUR YEARS; ALANIS MORISSETTE AND MUTEMATH TO BE SPECIAL GUESTS; ITINERARY KICKS OFF JANUARY 25TH

“EXILE IN AMERICA”: MATCHBOX TWENTY RETURNING TO THE ROAD FOR FIRST CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR IN OVER FOUR YEARS; ALANIS MORISSETTE AND MUTEMATH TO BE SPECIAL GUESTS; ITINERARY KICKS OFF JANUARY 25TH

Melisma/Atlantic recording group MATCHBOX TWENTY has announced their first North American concert tour in over four years. The cross-country “Exile In America” itinerary will also feature Special Guests Alanis Morissette and MUTEMATH. The tour kicks off on January 25th at Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and will hit major arenas across the U.S. and Canada through mid-March. One highlight of the 33-city itinerary will be a special Valentine’s Day show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, November 17th.

“We’re all completely pumped about getting back together and heading out on the road after all this time, especially since we have a bunch of new songs to play for everyone,” said vocalist Rob Thomas. “And we’re thrilled to be joined by the brilliant Alanis Morissette and the fantastic New Orleans band MUTEMATH. It’s going to be a great show, and we can’t wait to get out there.”

“I can’t wait to share some new songs, connect with people around North America again, and join Matchbox Twenty’s traveling circus,” shared Alanis Morissette. “So psyched!”

MATCHBOX TWENTY last toured in 2003, wrapping up their SRO global itinerary in December of that year. The tour, which earned acclaim from coast to coast and around the globe, was highlighted by sold-out shows at three of the world’s premier rock venues – New York’s Madison Square Garden, London’s Wembley Arena, and Los Angeles’ Staples Center. MATCHBOX TWENTY reunited two years later for two sold-out New Year’s shows in Las Vegas. The 2008 dates will mark the band’s first tour as a four-piece, with Paul Doucette shifting from drummer to guitarist in the band line-up – which also includes vocalist Rob Thomas, guitarist Kyle Cook, and bassist Brian Yale.

The announcement of MATCHBOX TWENTY’s return to the concert trail follows the release of the band’s new album, “EXILE ON MAINSTREAM,” which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, while also premiering at #1 on SoundScan’s Current Alternative Albums chart. This marked the biggest first week of the year for a greatest hits collection, with the #3 premiere also matching the group’s previous highest Billboard 200 debut, 2000’s “MAD SEASON.”

A look back and a look ahead, “EXILE ON MAINSTREAM” features the smash single and video, “How Far We’ve Come.” The first album from the group in five years, it combines a six-track EP of new songs, marking the band’s first work with Grammy winning producer Steve Lillywhite, with a retrospective of the band’s greatest hits culled from their three previous albums, produced by Grammy winner Matt Serletic.

MATCHBOX TWENTY has sold some 30 million records to date. They were named Best New Band in the 1997 Rolling Stone Readers Poll, and followed the RIAA Diamond Award success of their 1996 breakthrough debut, “YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU,” with two more multi-platinum sets – 2000’s “MAD SEASON” and 2002’s “MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE.” Among their many accolades are five Grammy nominations and three American Music Award nominations, while vocalist and songwriter Rob Thomas has earned three Grammy Awards, 11 BMI Awards, and has been twice named Billboard Songwriter of the Year.

Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has become one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, seven Grammy Awards, and a dedicated fan base that extends throughout the world, with album sales exceeding 40 million. Morissette’s 1995 debut, “JAGGED LITTLE PILL,” was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as “SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE” (1998), “MTV UNPLUGGED” (1999), “UNDER RUG SWEPT” (2002), “SO-CALLED CHAOS” (2004), “JAGGED LITTLE PILL ACOUSTIC” (2005), her greatest hits album, “THE COLLECTION” (2005), as well as musical contributions to theatrical releases. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her new studio album, “FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT,” which will be released in 2008 on Maverick Records. In addition, Morissette recently announced her first lead film role as “Sylvia” in the film adaptation of Philip K Dick’s novel “Radio Free Albemuth.”

It’s a daunting task to describe the sound of Nashville-based quartet MUTEMATH. Their self-titled Teleprompt/Warner Bros. Records album debut draws from an eclectic confluence of influences and styles that form some kind of intelligent, melodic rock music that feels both familiar and brand new at the same time. Alternative Press magazine recently named MUTEMATH the “#1 Band You Need To See Live Before You Die.” The band’s recent live television appearances on Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Ferguson have blown minds and made lasting impressions. This will be the band’s most extensive tour to date.

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MATCHBOX TWENTY “EXILE IN AMERICA” WINTER 2008 TOUR

SPECIAL GUESTS: ALANIS MORISSETTE AND MUTE MATH

January

25 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
26 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
29 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena

February

1 Chicago, IL Sears Centre
2 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
4 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
5 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
7 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
8 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
12 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort & Casino*
14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
15 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Event Center**
16 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre
18 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
19 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
21 Albany, NY Times Union Center
22 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
25 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
26 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
28 Houston, TX Toyota Center
29 Dallas , TX Nokia Theatre

March

2 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
4 Colorado Springs, CO World Arena
5 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
6 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
9 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
14 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Arena
17 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
18 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater

*Alanis Morissette not performing on this show (to be confirmed)

**MUTEMATH not performing on this show

Matchbox Twenty – “How Far We’ve Come” Music Video

Clipd Beaks …encapsulates all the complex emotions and paranoia that comes with being young in 2007.” Band presents its intense live show throughout the USA in anticipation of new album release.

Clipd Beaks …encapsulates all the complex emotions and paranoia that comes with being young in 2007.” Band presents its intense live show throughout the USA in anticipation of new album release.

“Experiencing ‘Black Glass’ (MP3) — or any track on Hoarse Lords, really—without being half in the liquor-store bag and surrounded by others in the same or worse condition is a disservice to Clipd Beaks’ groove spew.” – Paper Thin Walls

“Clipd Beaks are profoundly intense live. They have the power to elicit something very rare in an audience,” says the band’s label head Mookie Singerman of Lovepump United (HEALTH, Genghis Tron) when asked what sold him on signing the band and releasing it’s new album Hoarse Lords. The album is out on November 13th and Clipd Beaks is currently touring across America. See below for dates.

“I happened to hear Clipd Beaks rather randomly on MySpace and I was immediately taken by how simultaneously lush and noisy they were,” Singerman says. “I couldn’t help but think of the first time I had heard Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine. The songwriting seemed so mature and they had such a good grasp on their own unique sound — this is of course having very much to do with the fact that they’ve been playing music with each other since they were kids.”

“We (Singerman and business partner Jake Friedman) went to South By Southwest incredibly excited to see this band. And then they played. And it was fucking mind blowing — the dark, swirling, alienated feel of their live set encapsulates all the complex emotions and paranoia that comes with being young in 2007.”

And what does Clipd Beaks have to say for itself? When guitarist Greg Pritchard describes the band’s sound as “the anxiety of five boys growing into men in the strange last days of American Empire,” he’s not kidding. The men of Clipd Beaks met as boys — bassist Scott Ecklein and drummer Ray Benjamin at the age of seven — and have made music together ever since.

It’s no wonder that in an interview with The Fader recently, Pritchard described the recording of Hoarse Lords as a situation that only true brothers could muster: “It’s all totally written on the spot as the four of us together. I don’t really play music except when I’m with everybody else. This is what we do when we hang out as friends. We’re going to get a case of beer and play some music.”

Experience the band that the LA Weekly calls the “supermax-tight monolith monsters of psychedelia” and which XLR8R says “…makes you feel grateful just for being alive.” Clipd Beaks is on tour now

Clipd Beaks Live:
11/12 Cincinatti, OH Skull Lab
11/13 Columbus, OH Bourbon St.
11/15 Toronto, ONT Sneaky Dee’s
11/16 Montreal, PQ Casa del Popolo
11/17 Quebec City, QC Le Bal du Lezard
11/18 Jamaica Plains, MA The Milky Way
11/19 Annadale-on-Hudson, NY Bard College
11/21 Providence, Rhode Island AS220
11/23 New York, NY Cake Shop
11/24 Brooklyn, NY Todd P Show (Venue TBA)
11/25 Philadelphia, PA Queen Sheba II
11/27 Purchase, NY SUNY Purchase
11/28 Washington DC The Bobby Fisher Memorial
11/29 Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern
11/30 Atlanta, GA Lenny’s Bar
12/01 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
12/02 Hot Springs, AR The Exchange
12/04 Houston, TX Proletariat
12/05 San Antonio, TX Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar
12/06 Denton, TX Secret Headquarters
12/07 Austin, TX Emo’s
12/10 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts

Hoarse Lords Tracklisting:

Stream The Album HERE

Release Date: November 13th, 2007

01. Melter (MP3)
02. Wrathscapes
03. Manipulator (MP3)
04. High on Charms
05. Hoarse Lords
06. We Will Bomb You (We Will)
07. Woo Melodies
08. Black Glass (MP3)
09. Let It Win

Forum Exclusive Give-Away!

To encourage the MVRemix forum to grow, we’re giving away 10 copies of Kanye West‘s “Graduation” and 10 copies of 50 Cent‘s “Curtis” (we will be giving one of each to every winner).

Alongside each set of albums, we will be giving MVRemix t-shirts and some exclusive new releases which will be surprises.

How do you enter? Simple. Become an active member of the forum and bring your friends. Every active member will qualify and we will do a draw at the end of December.

LITTLE STEVEN’S UNDERGROUND GARAGE PRESENTS CONCERT SERIES AT THE HAWAIIAN TROPIC ZONE IN NYC

LITTLE STEVEN’S UNDERGROUND GARAGE PRESENTS CONCERT SERIES AT THE HAWAIIAN TROPIC ZONE IN NYC
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY HIS WICKED COOL RECORD LABEL ARTISTS AND OTHER UNDERGROUND GARAGE FAVORITES

Little Steven Van Zandt has created a concert series for The Hawaiian Topic Zone in NYC’s Times Square bringing artists from his record label Wicked Cool Records and other bands played on his syndicated show and SIRIUS channel live on stage. Accompanied by his signature Garage Girls A Go-Go dancers directed by Maureen Van Zandt, the shows will bring a psychedelic dance party to the famed Time Square hot spot and the very first concerts at this venue.

All shows are $15 and tickets are available at http://www.undergroundgarage.com. All ages are welcome. Showtime is 9:00pm. The Hawaiian Tropic Zone is located at 49th Street and 7th Avenue.

Wed, November 14 – “British Brooklyn Mersey Beat Soul Explosion!”
Featuring Locksley (Brooklyn), Jarvis Humby (from England), and Garage Girls A Go-Go

Wed, November 28 – “Battle Beyond the Valley of the Super Vixens!”
Cocktail Slippers (Oslo, Norway) vs Hell On Heels (Phoenix), and
Garage Girls A Go-Go
Hosted by Genya Ravan

Wed, December 5 – “Hellfire Hillbilly Hullabaloo and Rock and Roll Rave Up!”
Featuring The Wildbirds (Wisconsin), with Len Price 3 (England), and
Garage Girls A Go-Go

Wed, December 12 – “Wicked Cool Maximum Rock and Roll A Go-Go!”
TBA, The Gripweeds (New Jersey), The Stabilisers (England), and Garage Girls A Go-Go

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:
Host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the most successful syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 50 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution. The complete catalog of albums and digital album downloads is available at www.wickedcoolrecords.com. “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” displays can also be found at Best Buy, and they include a variety of albums played on the show and channel

Say Anything – In Defense of the Genre

At least once in their career every recording artist will be in the studio laying down all those songs they’ve been nursing and tweaking on the road arranging in their head, putting together pieces and writing things on the spot and it will occur to them, at a point of severe sleep deprivation, at least once during this process the thought will pop up
“Wow we have like thirty songs and they are all great! (everything sounds great in the studio) “We could take all these songs and release a double disc! “Our fans will love to have the extra music! “What a great idea”.

That right there is a brush with disaster. Usually someone at this point maybe even the same person who blurted the idea out will correct himself or herself. Really, why write 30 mediocre songs when with a little whittling, some hard work, and embracing the challenge of songwriting all those songs which could just keep coming out with ease will be narrowed to ten, twelve, maybe even fifteen solid great songs. To get to the point in defense of the genre is so watered down, so feverishly put together, with songs running into bizarre tangents, that despite the impressive production, the range and power of Max Bemis’ voice, and the truly interesting arrangement of the songs, the album overshoots its target.

When you have 27 songs to play with at any given point you can do whatever you want. Any idea you have might as well be used there are so many songs you can do no wrong. All perspective on what is happening with each song is lost, or at least it is here.
Some will say this record needs to grow on you, others will call it art or genius. I guess I can humor those people and call myself a purist and call this album selfish and slightly schizophrenic which may not be very nice considering the admitted and documented mental illness of the primary song writer. It’s a frustrating listen, all the elements are there, solid parts, great hooks, and brilliant riffs, but with this now the second release from Say Anything they may be feeling like there is no one to please this time around.

The structure and cohesion of the individual songs and the especially the quality of the album as a whole has been swallowed up by indulgence. Possibly working without limitations on this record in the end has created a monster with the head of a genius the ears of a visionary but the attention span of a 5 year old. Say Anything forgot there is always someone to please, mainly the listener.

Sweetheart duo Dan Bejar of Destroyer and Lady Sydney Vermont conjure a timeless collection as Hello, Blue Roses. Debut album set for release on Locust Music.

Sweetheart duo Dan Bejar of Destroyer and Lady Sydney Vermont conjure a timeless collection as Hello, Blue Roses. Debut album set for release on Locust Music.

The romantically entwined duo of Dan Bejar (Destoyer, Swan Lake, New Pornographers) and Sydney Vermont (visual artist, Bonaparte vocalist, former Toronto Children’s Choir kid singer) performing under the moniker Hello, Blue Roses have announced the release of their first album. The 13-track debut will be released by Chicago-based label Locust Music. The self-titled disc draws on everything from an unabashed love of 80’s AOR ala Prefab Sprout and Kate Bush to prime Aquarian-age femme folk of the 60’s and 70’s to create an infectious, readymade classic.

Listen to “Shadow Falls” by Hello, Blue Roses HERE.

“When I listen to the sound of it, I hear European pastoral music butting up against a harsh 80’s reality,” Bejar says. “The Hello, Blue Roses songs are completely untethered to any of the bullshit streams coursing through the scene right now. That’s just how Syd writes them; it’s not her fault. They’re completely melodious, but still so strange. It’s a product of not really caring what people think, but still caring a lot about people.”

“Dan supports every strange idea I have ever had,” says Vermont, “and then we craft it into something to our liking. We hear different things in the songs and try to bring both visions into it, which involves a lot of trust and generosity, because we are very different. It makes for an overall eclectic sound, which still has its own organic logic.”

Hello, Blue Roses’ debut will hit stores on January 22, 2008. In the interim, fans can sample exclusive Hello, Blue Roses tracks on a tour-only split 7” with Frog Eyes due out on Absolutely Kosher in December and a split 7” with kindred Locust Music act across the pond, Starless & Bible Black which will usher in the new year in physical form and see digital release around the holidays. The Roses side will feature the band’s eponymous and punctuation-free anthem “Hello Blue Roses” while Starless & Bible Black offer the cut “Calico” — a newly recorded wintry affair. This release will be strictly limited and will initially be available via mailorder off of the Locust Music website.

Hello, Blue Roses’ decision to team up with Locust Music is totally apropos given the celebrated label’s wide-eyed approach and Hello, Blue Roses’ own deeply accessible but eclectic sound. “The roster seemed impossibly all over the place, and also not tied down to any era or genre,” Bejar says. “But once you start looking at everything they’ve done, it’s pretty impressive and head-scratching.”

“Outside of the influences of 60’s and 70’s singer/songwriters, Bejar and Vermont are touching on some of the popular music of the 80’s that a lot of us 30-somethings have lived with whether we liked it or not,” says Locust label head Dawson Prater of the Hello, Blue Roses material. Prater continues, “At the heart of it, I think all of us have this repository in our heads where popular music takes root and Hello, Blue Roses has gone there in a totally unironic way. Dan and Sydney have recast the sweetness and mismatched optimism of the music of the Reagan era to the way it should sound, the way this stuff often sounds in our heads — and that’s what timelessness is all about.”

Hello Blue Roses Tracklisting:

Release Date: January 22, 2008

01. Hello Blue Roses
02. Scarecrow
03. Paquita Reads By Candlelight
04. Shadow Falls (MP3)
05. Heron Song
06. St. Angela
07. Coming Through Imposture
08. Golden Fruit
09. Come Darkness
10. Sunny Skies
11. Mediterranean Snow
12. Skeleton Aim
13. Sickly Star
14. Hymn

HEADCOUNT PLANS TO REGISTER UP TO 200,000 NEW VOTERS THROUGH LIVE CONCERTS

HEADCOUNT PLANS TO REGISTER UP TO 200,000 NEW VOTERS THROUGH LIVE CONCERTS

Former Time Warner Executive Joins Forces with Artists, Volunteers to Lead Young Organization

NEW YORK, NY — November 6, 2007 – HeadCount, the volunteer-run voter registration organization that registered nearly 50,000 voters in 2004 through alliances with Dave Matthews Band and other artists, has announced an ambitious plan to stage voter registration drives at more than 500 concerts over the next year, with a goal of registering 200,000 new voters.

HeadCount will be the only national organization to stage voter registration at concerts on a large scale in 2008, employing registration methods it has tested and perfected over the last three years.

Virginia McEnerney, the former Vice President of Corporate Relations at Time Warner Inc., has been named the first full-time executive director of the non-profit organization, which to this point had been run entirely by volunteers. Dave Matthews Band, the Allman Brothers Band, and members of Phish and the Grateful Dead continue to be aligned with HeadCount, along with new artists such as O.A.R.

“What HeadCount has accomplished to this point is nothing short of remarkable,” said McEnerney, who spent 10 years with Time Warner before leaving the company in 2005 to become an independent consultant to non-profit organizations. “I believe we are poised to step from being an entirely grassroots operation, to becoming a nationwide force and spreading participation in democracy to an even broader audience.”

HeadCount is using the occasion of Election Day to announce details of its 2008 strategic plan and make a call for volunteers to join the street teams that register voters at concerts.
Volunteers can sign up at www.headcount.org. For the first time, some will be eligible for modest, performance-based stipends, marking another important step in HeadCount’s evolution.

The volunteer network will form street teams in approximately 50 U.S. cities, each working with affiliated bands and promoters to set up voter registration tables at concerts. The organization will also send volunteers on the road with major artists, an approach that helped register over 12,000 new voters on the Dave Matthews Band tour in 2004 – an all-time record for a single concert tour.

In addition, HeadCount has invested in state-of-the-art voter registration software and expects to register tens of thousands of voters through www.headcount.org. This activity will be buttressed by extensive “get-out-the-vote” activity, working directly with artists to encourage people of all ages to head to the polls in 2008.

“If we don’t protect democracy today, there won’t be a democracy to protect in a few years,” said former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, a member of HeadCount’s board of directors. “I think for the younger folks this is particularly important, because the decisions we make will largely affect the rest of their lives.”

HeadCount not only gives people the opportunity to register to vote, it offers thousands of young music fans a taste of activism. Volunteers receive intensive training in voter registration guidelines and practices, and get hands-on experience on community organizing.

Marc Brownstein, bass player for the popular electronic rock band The Disco Biscuits, continues to serve as HeadCount’s co-chair.

“This was something we started as a dream, just a crazy idea that we believed we could pull off,” said Brownstein, who founded the organization along with longtime friend Andy Bernstein, author of a series of books about the group Phish. “Now it’s almost four years later, and we are in it for the long-term. We hope HeadCount leaves a permanent imprint on the live music community, forever getting fans more engaged in the political system and democracy itself.”