‘Georgia Comes Alive’ online music festival raises $160,000 for grassroots voting organizations

Dave Matthews, shown at Love Rocks NYC!, a Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theatre in March 2020, was a headliner of the "Georgia Comes Alive" virtual festival. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
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Dave Matthews, shown at Love Rocks NYC!, a Benefit Concert for God's Love We Deliver at the Beacon Theatre in March 2020, was a headliner of the "Georgia Comes Alive" virtual festival. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Credit: Amy Harris/Invision/AP

The “Georgia Comes Alive” virtual music festival raised more than $160,000 for grassroots organizations such as CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda.

The Dec. 26 concert featured collaborations between Phil Lesh & Friends and Mike Mills of R.E.M. (also with Big Something); Blind Boys of Alabama and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and the debut of The Lame Ducks, a collective including Bob Weir, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Jeff Chimenti from Dead & Company and Jay Lane of Wolf Bros. and Primus. Additional sets came from Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters, Chuck Leavell, Ben Folds, Big Freedia, Nathaniel Rateliff, Musiq Soulchild and dozens of other musicians.

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Spearheaded by Live for Live Music, in partnership with HeadCount, the festival was aimed at promoting voter participation in the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election.

According to the organizers, more than 800,000 viewed the show and the donation tally was comprised of about 8,000 individual donations, averaging $20 per.

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“Georgia Comes Alive” is available now for a limited rebroadcast window (check it out below).

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