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Large-scale voter registration drive to take place at Wilco show

Published June 14, 2012 12:24 pm

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Wilco will be visiting Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City on June 25.A large-scale voter registration drive will take place at the show, staged by local volunteers and as well as a group taking "The Great American Road Trip," driving cross-country to register voters on every stop of the tour. The volunteers are also registering voters at shows by the Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Furthur concerts across the country.Their trek, organized by the nonpartisan voter registration organization HeadCount, will collectively cover over 15,000 miles and 103 concerts, and help tens of thousands of people register to vote.HeadCount registered 12,161 voters with the Dave Matthews Band in 2004.

HeadCount works with musicians to help make the election more culturally relevant. Furthur's Bob Weir – a member of HeadCount's board of directors and a founding member of The Grateful Dead – recently performed a free webcast on Yahoo! Music that included a roundtable political discussion between sets of music.