Jim James is doing his part to increase voter turnout by organizing what he has announced as “The Future Is Voting Tour,” six nonpartisan multi-artist shows in college towns in electoral “swing districts” formed with the purpose of promoting voter participation. Beginning October 7 with an event at Emo’s in Austin, TX , featured performers include Benjamin Booker, Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso) and many more to be announced during the course of the tour. All the other dates will be free to students, and some will be streamed on YouTube.
The event is “part concert, part town hall meeting,” during which James will perform a solo set alongside other announced acts. The meeting segment of the tour will include a non-partisan forum where candidates and their representatives will be invited to speak to students and take their questions.
“The importance of getting involved at this moment in time cannot be overstated. This isn’t only a Get Out The Vote concert,” said 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” dates are available below.
THE FUTURE IS VOTING TOUR DATES
10/7 – Austin, TX – Emo’s (open to the public)
10/9 – San Marcos, TX – Texas State University (students only)
10/10 – Milwaukee, WI – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (students only)
10/15- Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
10/16- Indianola, IA – Simpson College (students only)
10/17 -Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
Photo credit: Owen Ela